The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Advanced Educational Leadership is a post-master's program of study leading to an educational administrative credential and has been designed to offer high-quality, cost-effective, and innovative curricula delivered through an online, Internet format. This program requires completion of ten post-master's courses (30 credits). Emphasis is on developing the knowledge and skills needed by school administrators and other educators who wish to assume significant leadership roles in their schools, educational institutions, and communities. The program meets the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards.
The goals of the CAGS program are to prepare students to:
- Administer schools in a humanistic, caring manner.
- Instill a sense of responsibility and ethical decision-making.
- Meet the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) to enable school educators to obtain administrative certification nationwide. The six ISLLC standards state that a school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by:
- Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
- Advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
- Ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
- Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources.
- Acting with integrity and in an ethical manner.
- Understanding, responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.
The CAGS program is approved by the Maine State Board of Education. All programs at the University of New England are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
Transfer credit is not accepted by the CAGS program, since the program has been developed holistically to meet the six ISLLC standards.
MINIMAL GRADE STANDARD AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership curriculum consists of nine 3-credit online courses and a 3-credit internship within your local area. Each on-line course is ordinarily scheduled for 8 weeks, so a student has the ability to enroll in two courses each semester, one in term A and one in term B. A minimum of 30 credits must be taken to be awarded the certificate.
The University of New England's Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership curriculum is designed to apply as broadly as possible to requirements throughout the country, meeting basic ISLLC (Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium) standards. However, it is the responsibility of the candidate to confirm what course content is needed in the state in which certification is sought and to discuss with your advisor if alternative courses need to be accommodated.
UNE's CAGS program requirements are:
|EDU 701-Educational Leadership|
|EDU 702-School Law|
|EDU 703-Educational Changes/School Reform|
|EDU 704-Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel|
|EDU 705-Leadership, Professional Responsibilities, and Ethics|
|EDU 706-School Community Relations and Communications|
|EDU 707-Instructional Leadership|
|EDU 709-School Finance|
|EDU 715-Organizational Theory and Strategic Planning|
|EDU 791-Internship I|
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
ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.
Detailed information and applications are available on request from the Financial Aid Office. Call 207-602-2342 or visit the Financial Aid website.
To complete the program and receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership, you must:
- Complete 30 credits which is composed of eight 3-credit on-line courses, a 3-credit summer seminar at the University of New England campus, and a 3-credit internship within your local area.
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Pay all tuition and fees when due.