Degrees and Certificates in Education

Online, flexible graduate programs offered by the University of New England

Mission Statement

The College of Graduate & Professional Studies educates and supports future leaders in industry and service via programs designed to catalyze meaningful career development.

Education Program Offerings

All of the programs listed below are offered 100% online, with no campus visits required. Work within your schedule to deepen your skills and put your education to work in real life situations. UNE Online offers the following degrees and certificates in education:

  • MSEd: Master of Science in Education
  • MSEd RS: Master of Science in Education Reading Specialist*
  • CAGS: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
  • CAGS AEL: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Advanced Educational Leadership*
  • PMC: Post-Master’s Certificate
  • Ed.D.: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

*Approved certification program in the State of Maine.

Non-Matriculated Course Offerings

UNE Online also offers students the opportunity to enroll in individual non-matriculated courses for personal or professional development. This is ideal for students who need to fulfill certification requirements or skill gaps. Most courses are eight weeks long with six opportunities to enroll per year. Choose from over 35 course offerings!

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

The Master of Science in Education is a 30-credit program designed for teachers looking to advance their education career. We encourage students to customize their curriculum based on their specific career goals. Students can choose an optional focus area or an individualized course plan. Students can choose courses in topics such as:

  • Curriculum & Instructional Strategies
  • Literacy (K-12)
  • Educational Leadership
  • Inclusion Education

Upon completion of our Master of Science in Education, you will advance your teaching abilities to be applied in the classroom and in your community.

Master of Science in Education (MSEd) Reading Specialist

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) Reading Specialist is a 36-credit hour program that prepares you to become a Reading Specialist or 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.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to take on a leadership role in your school and districts to support fellow educators in their goal of improving students’ literacy and reading growth.

*Approved preparation for the Literacy Specialist Certificate (092) in the State of Maine

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is a customizable 30-credit hour program where you can choose any 10 courses that are based on your career goals. The curriculum is designed to provide a thorough foundation in educational leadership theory, principles, and practices. Emphasis is placed on instructional leadership and tools to use to effectively motivate and lead teachers.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Advanced Educational Leadership

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership (CAGS AEL) is a 30-credit hour program designed to help you advance your career as a school leader. Courses and topics in this program are aligned with State of Maine requirements for certification as a building administrator.

*Approved preparation for the Building Administrator Certificate (040) in the State of Maine.

Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC)

The Post-Master’s Certificate is a 15-credit hour customizable course path. Comprised of high quality and innovative curricula, you will learn skills that you will be able to immediately apply in your classroom. We encourage students to customize their curriculum based on their specific career goals. Students can choose an optional focus area or an individualized course plan. Students can choose courses in the following topics:

  • Curriculum & Instructional Strategies
  • Literacy (K-12)
  • Educational Leadership
  • Inclusion Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is a 51-credit hour program designed to prepare you to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. The program is well-matched for individuals working in several industries including higher education, K-12 education, medical education, health care, nonprofit, military and legal organizations, financial services, and non-profit organizations.

The Ed.D. has a cohort format (meaning that you’ll progress through courses with a tight-knit group of students), offers multiple start dates per year, includes a dissertation, and is completed entirely online with no residency requirement. Your dissertation is also presented online. Many of our graduates have stated their leadership role changed significantly since graduating, such as promotions to new positions or taking on new responsibilities.

Quick Guide

Program Credits Required Standard Completion Time What are students in this program often seeking?
Non-Matriculated Course Offerings N/A 8 weeks Re-certification requirements, training, trying out an online course
Master of Science in Education (MSEd) 30 ~2 years Pay increase; promotion; personal satisfaction
Master of Science in Education – Reading Specialist (MSEd-RS) 36 ~2 years Literacy Specialist certification to provide targeted reading and literacy instruction
Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) 15 1 year or less Pay increase; personal satisfaction
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) 30 ~2 years Pay increase; personal satisfaction
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study – Advanced Educational Leadership (CAGS AEL) 30 ~2 years Building Administrator certification to become a principal, assistant principal, superintendent, or similar position
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 51 ~3 years A leadership position; personal satisfaction

 

Questions?

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