Admission Requirements for the PMC, CAGS, and CAGS AEL

  • A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent.
    • See International Admissions for details regarding evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency.
  • Applications are reviewed holistically as a determination of academic readiness. The admissions committee values previous academic performance as indicated on transcripts and considers it as part of the review process.
  • Employed in an educational setting or ability to regularly access an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies.
  • Sufficient computer skills to navigate the worldwide web and effectively participate in an on-line program
  • Own or have regular access to a computer with internet connection and with appropriate hardware and software requirements.
  • The CAGS AEL requires employment in an educational setting (or ability to regularly access a classroom environment) in which concepts and strategies from the courses can be applied.

What this program looks for in an applicant

Successful Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC), Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), and CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership (CAGS AEL) applicants are working education professionals with a passion for lifelong learning. This program is designed for educators who want to make informed decisions about their practice through research. They also exhibit curiosity, a natural perseverance, and an inclination to take on new challenges. The ability to learn and adapt to new tools and technology is an asset in this program. Students with the capacity to manage multiple competing priorities are most successful in our online learning environment.

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Application Process

  • Completed online application
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement/Writing Sample
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

Note: Transcripts for any coursework appearing as transfer credit on the transcript of the conferred degree can be waived if the coursework is unrelated to the degree being sought. The program admissions committee defines all coursework not eligible for waiver.

Procedures and Policies

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to three 3-credit courses (maximum of nine credits) into the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program.

In order to be considered for transfer, courses must:

  • Be classified as graduate level.
  • Be worth 3 credits.
  • Have been taken within five years of application.
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies based on specific program details listed below. Requests for approval of transfer credit should be submitted to, and will be granted at the discretion of, the Program Director.

Transfer credit is not accepted for the Post-Master’s Certificate at this time.

Transfer credit cannot be accepted into the CAGS AEL program or any other program leading to State of Maine certification.

All application materials submitted to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.

Students not seeking a degree may enroll in individual courses as a non-matriculated student, space permitting and upon approval by the program manager. Non-matriculated students must hold a bachelor’s degree and submit an official transcript reflecting conferral of the degree. Students may not move from non-matriculated to matriculated status within the same semester. Please contact an enrollment counselor to assist in this process.

More information explaining the admissions requirements for international students or applicants with international degrees can be found here on the International Admissions page. If you have specific questions, please contact an enrollment counselor for personal guidance through the application process.


Your Dedicated Enrollment Counselors

Enrollment counselors are here to help you understand the Education admission requirements and assist you throughout the entire application process.

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Lucas Good

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If you have any questions about the graduate programs in Education coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.