Online CAGS and Post-Master’s Certificate FAQ

Getting an advanced degree online at University of New England


I am interested in pursuing this program. How do I get started?

An enrollment counselor is prepared to answer all of your questions and walk you through the steps necessary to apply to this program. Complete an Information Request to have an enrollment counselor contact you.

I graduated just over a year ago from a UNE program. Do I need to reapply to get into a CAGS program?

If you graduated more than a year ago, you will need to reapply. Due to privacy policies, UNE does not keep personal student records for more than a year.  However, if you graduated within a year, all you'll need to do is fill out a continuing education application. Contact an enrollment counselor to get started. 

Online learning

Is UNE new to online education?

The University of New England has over ten years of experience in distance education learning. The University of New England started offering CAGS programs online in 1997.

Is online learning for me?

Students who graduate from the University of New England’s online programs receive the same degree as students who attend classes on our campus. The diploma does not distinguish if you were an online student or a traditional campus-based student. The degree you earn is the same. In fact, we strongly encourage you to attend your graduation ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments. Online learning is ideal for working professionals because it provides the opportunity to study when it is convenient for you. The flexibility this program offers makes it possible or even the busiest individuals to earn their degree. Add to that, the many levels of unprecedented support that you will receive throughout the program and it is easy to see that this may be just the educational model you have been looking for.

I am not computer savvy; can I do this?

We realize that many students are computer novices, so the University of New England provides special support to new students during an extensive orientation to online courses prior to starting classes.

Online CAGS program

How long will it take to earn my CAGS?

Some CAGS program can be completed in less than two years. Get in touch with an enrollment counselor to find out the particulars of your program. 

What should I look for in a distance CAGS program?

The strongest distance education programs are those with proven track records, experience low student attrition rates, receive consistently high student satisfaction scores and require minimal travel. The University of New England has all of these important attributes. Our expertise has been successfully demonstrated.

Is this program accredited?

Yes. The University of New England is regionally accredited by New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE, formerly known as NEASC) which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Accreditation by NECHE indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Why is regional accreditation important?

Regional accreditation is the primary type of institutional accreditation recognized in the United States. Some institutions with online programs hold national accreditation because they are unwilling or unable to meet the rigorous standards of regional accreditation. You should also know that many educational institutions holding regional accreditation do not recognize credits or degrees earned at institutions that are nationally accredited. This is very important if you plan on transferring from one college or university to another part way through a degree program, or if you plan to pursue additional degrees at different colleges or universities.

Do your programs lead to certification?

The CAGS: AEL is approved for Building Administrator certification (040) in Maine, and the MSEd: Reading Specialist is approved for (092) Literacy Coach Certification in Maine. None of our online graduate programs are approved for initial teacher certification. 

What is the difference between a Master's Degree and a Certificate program?

The Master's Degree is an academic degree earned by individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a master or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. The Certificate is a post-Master's certificate designed to enhance professional development focus.  

My goal is to become an Administrator in the State of Maine. Which CAGS program do you recommend?

If you currently have your Master’s Degree, our 30-credit CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership would lead to Building Administrator 040 certification in the State of Maine. 

Post-Master’s Certificate

How long will it take to earn my Post-Master's Certificate?

The 15-credit Post-Master's Certificate can be completed in less than one year. Get in touch with an enrollment counselor to find out the particulars of your program. 


I have an extremely busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?

You can complete your studies at your convenience in the comfort of your own home. No campus visits required. You will have access to your coursework 24 hours a day, which can be completed around your busy schedule.

Do I have to log on at specified times to attend/listen to class sessions?

No. All of our courses are 100% asynchronous - you choose when to log in and complete your coursework. In the event there is a live session, the instructor will make the video available for viewing at any time.

How many hours per week will I need to study?

On an average, most students spend 15-20 hours per week studying to ensure completion of six credits each semester. However, this can vary greatly, depending on your personal and professional circumstances.

Can I double up on courses?

Historically we have found that students have the most success by starting out with one course at a time, for two terms. However, if you can show that you are able to complete the coursework competently, you can submit your situation to be reviewed by the program. Contact your Student Support Specialist to begin the review process.

Classroom Access

What does it mean when we say you will need access to a classroom to fulfill some aspects of your program at UNE?

While many students at UNE are working as classroom teachers and administrators in schools across the US and internationally, we recognize that there are other professional educational pathways for which UNE’s programs may be a powerful opportunity for growth.

To ensure your success please carefully read the descriptions of typical assignments below.

Assignments that involve analysis of classroom and school data: How learning is measured in a classroom or school-wide setting? You may need access to classroom assessment data, standardized test data, or commonly developed and scored assessments to answer this question. If you are working as an administrator, teacher or paraprofessional you probably already work with these sorts of data regularly.

Assignments that involve curriculum and instruction: What is the adopted curriculum of your school or district? What training goes with it? Who is responsible for choosing and reviewing it? Beyond a traditional classroom setting, other school personnel such as school counselors, librarians often have curricular responsibilities. Other topics central to your school setting might cover how is instruction evaluated? How are new teachers mentored?

Portfolios of professional work: Some courses may require that you create, utilize or reflect upon collections of your professional work. This could include lesson and unit plans, strategic plans for faculty development, presentations to colleagues, or committee work.


How much does the program cost?

Course tuition can be found on the tuition costs page. The University of New England’s CAGS and Post-Master's Certificate programs offer online students the same outstanding education that campus-based students receive. Easy access to affordable education helps us fulfill our goal of ensuring that every individual who has the desire to further their education has the opportunity to do so.

Transfer credits

Do you accept transfer credits in to the Certificate programs?

The CAGS AEL program does not accept transfer credits, due to the stringent standards of Maine State Certification. However, the CAGS General program does accept up to six transfer credits at this time. 


What are the computer requirements for participation in the program?

To participate in online education, you will need a computer system with current specifications. Please visit the computer requirements page or contact your enrollment counselor for specific details.

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