Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Leadership, Ethics and Change

Earn your post-master’s certificate 100% online

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Leadership, Ethics and Change is a 15-credit online certification program for professional educators who are pursuing school administrator positions. This online certificate program includes a 15-week internship experience.

The Leadership, Ethics & Change Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program provides a thorough foundation in educational leadership theory, principles, and practices. Participants address the current state of the educational system, then progress into educational change and school reform. The responsibilities and ethics involved in educational leadership are also explored, and the relationships between school, administrators, and the community are examined.

Special focus is paid to the skills needed to instruct, inspire and lead fellow teachers and administrators. Team building, decision making, and motivational techniques are also discussed. During the internship portion, students will keep a journal, complete leadership projects, and become involved in activities that enhance their understanding of leadership roles. They will have the support of two mentors, one provided by the school and another on-site mentor of their choosing.

For further study of leadership in the field of education, other CAGS are available, including:

This is a 15-credit post-master’s certificate program.

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 703 Educational Change/School Reform (3 Credits)
  2. EDU 705 Leadership, Professional Responsibilities, & Ethics (3 Credits)
  3. EDU 706 School-Community Relations & Communications (3 Credits)
  4. EDU 707 Instructional Leadership (3 Credits)
  5. EDU 791/792 Internship I & II

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