Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership

Earn your leadership education credits and receive a post-master’s certificate from UNE

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership is a 15-credit online program for professional K-12 educators who are considering school administration. Matched to the national standards set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the courses provide entry-level knowledge and skills for beginning school administrators.

Teachers will be introduced to the theories and practices of effective leadership, including:

  • Team building
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Strategic planning

Special attention is given to supervision and evaluation of personnel. Educators emerge with a strong understanding of the legal milieu, and the analytical skills to interpret potential legal issues within the school. Throughout this Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program, teachers gain valuable insight into budget development and expenditure, as well as into organizational theory, especially as it relates to change.

This is a 15-credit post-master’s certificate program. 
Specific state requirements for entry level into assistant principal or principal positions should be researched before entering the program.

Additional CAGS in Educational Leadership programs are available:

Program Highlights

  • 15-credit hour program
  • Complete your degree in less than one year
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Learn anytime from any place
  • No GRE Required
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers and educators
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)


NEASC accredited

The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE). NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high levels of education, from pre-kindergarten through the higher education doctoral level. Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education.
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Best Online Master's Program 2015

Best colleges universities north 2015 US News and World Report

UNE's online Master of Science in Education program has been recognized as one of U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Education Programs for 2013. U.S. News & World Report evaluated hundreds of regionally accredited online master's degree programs to make their selections based on admissions selectivity, student engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology, noting that quality online graduate education programs provide students with opportunities to interact with their instructors and fellow classmates, as well as diverse online learning technologies that allow student flexibility. Additionally, a strong support structure that includes career guidance, academic assistance, and financial aid resources was an important consideration identified. UNE is proud to be recognized among the top schools to meet this criteria. Learn more about the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2015 »

Course List

  1. EDU 701 Educational Leadership (3 Credits)
  2. EDU 702 School Law (3 Credits)
  3. EDU 704 Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel (3 Credits)
  4. EDU 709 School Finance (3 Credits)
  5. EDU 715 Organizational Theory and Strategic Planning (3 Credits)

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