Degrees and Certificates in Education
A summary of online graduate study programs offered by UNE
The mission of the Department of Education at the University of New England is to advance the quality of life through developing reflective and resourceful teachers and school leaders who are competent, caring, and qualified.
Master of Science in Education (MSE) Degree Offerings
University of New England offers a master’s degree in education completely online with relevant concentrations for teachers looking to advance their education career. The master’s in education from UNE allows students to choose from any of six specializations.
- Career & Technical Education – This 30-credit online program is designed for practicing Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals learning to refine their skills. The focus of the online CTE graduate education program is on improving instructional and curricular competencies as well as the development of leadership skills.
- Curriculum & Instruction Strategies – For those K-12 educators who wish to strengthen their classroom practice. Challenging areas of literacy, inclusion, and educational leadership build skills to implement solutions in and beyond the classroom. The Master of Education program with a concentration in CIS is designed to ensure that materials meet appropriate content and learning goals.
- Literacy (K12) – Designed for K-12 educators with an interest in reading and writing to ensure student success. The Education Master’s Degree with a concentration in Literacy (K-12) is for K-12 educators who wish to delve deeper into the importance of reading and writing for all students to be successful.
- Educational Leadership – Designed for K-12 educators considering school administration. These courses are matched to the national standards set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). The Master’s of Education program with a concentration in Educational Leadership introduces the theories and practices of effective leadership centering on the importance of team building, decision making, problem solving and strategic planning.
- Inclusion Education – Provides K-12 classroom teachers and administrators with critical theory and practice related to special education inclusion. The online Master’s Degree in Education program with a concentration in Inclusion Education offers you the opportunity to study, reflect and improve professional practice based on the most recent educational research related to instructional techniques and leadership strategies. Learn more about how UNE’s Inclusion Education Degree program compares to a Special Education Degree.
- Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 – This 30-credit hour online program prepares you to become certified as a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach in a K-12 setting. The courses are designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge that you need to assess students and to provide targeted literacy instruction. The program prepares you to take a leadership role in your school and districts to support fellow educators in their goal of improving students’ literacy growth.
After completing the MSE program, students should be able to:
- Address the full range of student motivation and differentiation issues encountered in today’s school systems.
- Analyze and conduct research relevant to their teaching or administrative interests.
- Document professional development in the program via an electronic portfolio of course work.
- Demonstrate a high degree of specialized knowledge and skills about their chosen concentration area.
- Exhibit leadership in their classroom and/or school system.
- Develop online collaborative relationships with peers.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Offerings
Our online Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) are designed to help you advance your teaching abilities and cover a range of educational and leadership topics. These post–master’s in education CAGS programs are comprised of high quality and innovative curricula that will teach skills immediately applicable in the classroom.
- Advanced Educational Leadership – A 30-credit online program, the Advanced Educational Leadership Certificate is for professional educators who are pursuing upper-level school administrator positions.
- Curriculum & Instruction Strategies – a 15-credit online program, the Curriculum Instruction Certificate is for professional K-12 educators who would like to develop better curriculum, become better leaders, and advance their inclusion teaching methods.
- Educational Leadership – A 15-credit online program, the Educational Leadership Certificate is for professional K-12 educators who are considering school administration. These courses are matched to the national standards set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, (ISLLC) and provide entry–level knowledge and skill for beginning school administrators.
- Inclusion Education – A 15-credit online program, the Inclusion Education Certificate is for educators, both teachers and administrators, who wish to have more background in special education with respect to inclusion practices and concerns.
- Leadership, Ethics & Change – A 15-credit online program, the Leadership Ethics Certificate is for professional educators who are pursuing school administrator positions. The certificate program includes a 15-week internship experience.
- Literacy (K–12) – A 15-credit online, the Literacy Certificate program is for K-12 educators who wish to delve deeper into the importance of reading and writing for all students to be successful.
- Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach K-12 – A 15-credit hour online program that provides educators with Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach certification.
These post–master’s in education programs give educators the tools to make a difference in their community as well as their career.
After completing a CAGS program, students should be able to:
- Apply research results to leadership decisions.
- Describe the requirements of the ISLLC standards.
- Demonstrate a high degree of specialized knowledge and skills about school administration.
- Exhibit leadership skills in an actual school administrative settings.
Doctoral Degree Programs
- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) – A 51-credit hour program in educational leadership designed to prepare you to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. The program is well–matched for individuals working in education, healthcare, nonprofit, private organizations, public agencies, non-governmental organizations and more.
Ed.D. educational leadership general program goals
- Prepare leaders who are future-focused and capable of fostering innovation and change.
- Promote a continuing cadre of educators who maintain active connections and collaboration with one another, with schools, communities and professional groups.
- Establish a higher education program that is technologically sophisticated, educationally effective, and academically rigorous.
- Build a national reputation based upon transformative collaborative action research.
- Provide each candidate with a carefully selected faculty mentoring team contributing actively to the candidate’s progress with their program of study, their research, and their dissertation, beyond what is usually available with a single advisor.
After completing the Ed.D. educational leadership program, students should be able to:
- Participate fully and responsibly in supportive and action based learning environments of authentic value for colleagues in K-12 education, community college, health, business, and other sectors.
- Develop and utilize transformative institutional processes to foster, assess the results, and respond to the reported analysis for continued systemic change.
- Use technology for research collaboration and dissertation development among colleagues and faculty (e.g., web/videoconferencing).
- Fully utilize an integrated curriculum that fuses discrete elements of each candidate’s program of study into a coherent whole.
- Fully utilize online search tools and databases to identify research studies and other relevant resources.
- Participate in virtual seminars and conferences building a professional learning community.
- Employ problem and case-based learning strategies extensively in courses and dissertation.
- Write and successfully defend a field-based dissertation.