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Program in Education College of Arts and Sciences University of New England

  • Biddeford, ME
  • Private
  • Small
  • 76%24%
    student ratio
  • 528
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • September 15
    fall application deadline
  • 84%
    acceptance rate
  • 12 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


The Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

UNE offers a flexible Online Doctoral Program in Leadership, with a focus on Transformative Leadership. The program is facilitated 100% online with no campus visits required allowing students to schedule coursework around their busy lives. The program prepares current and aspiring leaders in diverse settings to transform self, organization, and community through focused, personalized study. Students also have opportunities to take advantage of a strong networking forum and the renowned faculty of educators, practitioners, and researchers.

The curriculum is designed to foster rigorous minds, compassionate hearts, reflective stances, and competent demonstration. The program also supports the development of transformative leaders through formal study of the student's organization, participatory research processes, and collaborative decision-making.

The 51-credit hour Ed.D. degree program may be completed in 3-years, including a dissertation in its curriculum, though it does not require a residency. The program does not require a GRE and the school is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

High Rankings for the University of New England and Its Online Ed.D Program

The University of New England (UNE) is widely recognized for its academic excellence. "U.S. News and World Report" recognized University of New England as one of the top tier universities in the North. "U.S. News and World Report" also ranked UNE's online Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) programs among the best in the nation.

"Forbes" named UNE to its 2013 list of America's Top Colleges, a list based on "output" and "return on investment." "Forbes" ranked UNE number 319 of the 650 colleges and universities that made the list. There are about 4,500 degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S."

The College of Arts and Sciences at UNE

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England offers a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engaging students in intellectual study and promoting an understanding of the world from multiple viewpoints. Student research is a vital part of the college's curriculum, and scholarship and creative activities are available in all disciplines.

The college's extensive programs share a core curriculum, designed to develop intellectual skills in 4 college-wide themes: environmental awareness, social and global awareness, critical thinking, and citizenship. The Department of Education is one of 15 academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Education

The Department of Education provides initial and continuing professional education for aspiring and practicing teachers. The department's 7 programs are dedicated to improving the quality of life for students in schools, institutions, and other clinical settings around Maine, New England, and the United States. The department uses the continuous discovery process in each of their programs. The process is designed to develop caring, competent, and qualified teachers and school leaders.

Education Faculty Members are Dedicated Practitioners and Researchers

Education faculty members at UNE are active instructors and researchers in a wide range of educational topics. For instance, Dr. Douglas Lynch conducts research in educational psychology with an emphasis on the learning strategies and motivational beliefs of college students.

Dr. Lane Whitney Clarke has co-authored 2 books on the subject of her lead research interest: improving literacy among struggling readers. She is an active member in AERA, NCTE, and NRC.

Dr. Michelle Collay is a scholar-practitioner who coaches school leaders as part of her interest in researching leadership identity development and the influence of race, class, and gender on leadership development. She has been invited to present in Louisiana, California, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Financial Aid Opportunities at the University of New England

The financial aid office at UNE is committed to assisting students through the sometimes confusing process of finding the financial assistance needed to achieve their education goals. The office recognizes that financing a college education is a partnership between students, families, and the university. More than 90% of UNE students receive some form of financial aid, including students from a variety of traditional and online programs at the graduate level.

The University of New England -- Rigorous Programs and Research Opportunities

Since 1831, the University of New England has offered academically rigorous degree programs in education, liberal arts, management, and social sciences, as well as flagship degree programs in the health and life sciences, including the only medical school in Maine. Both graduate and undergraduate students work alongside dedicated faculty members in a multitude of research and scholarship opportunities. In fact, UNE receives grants from many prestigious national sources, including the NIH, NASA, NSF, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The University of New England Campuses

UNE is located on 2 campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine. The University Campus in Biddeford lies on 540 acres, including over 4,000 square feet of ocean frontage, and houses the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Portland Campus is located in suburban Portland, less than 2 hours north of Boston.

Course List

The course list for year one: - EDU 801 Preparation for Transformative Leadership (Credits: 3)

- EDU 802 Qualitative Analysis (Credits: 3)

- EDU 803 Quantitative Analysis (Credits: 3)

- EDU 804 Technology & Organizational Transformation (Credits: 3)

- EDU 805 Managing Change (Credits: 3)

- EDU 806 Policy Analysis (Credits: 3)

The course list for year two:

- EDU 807 Enacting Transformative Leadership (Credits: 3)

- EDU 808 Research Team Project A (Credits: 3)

- EDU 809 Research Team Project B (Credits: 3)

- EDU 810 Ethical Leadership (Credits: 3)

- EDU 811 Diagnosing Organizational Dynamics (Credits: 3)

- EDU 812 Dissertation Seminar (Credits: 3)

The course list for year three:

- EDU 813 The Politics of Change (Credits: 3)

- EDU 814-817 Dissertation (Credits: 12)


This is a formal document that meets the standards for unpublished educational research. Students will also craft user-friendly "executive versions" or "research briefs" useful to specific audiences or stakeholders; for example, a short description of the study with recommendations appropriate for a web-site or other organizational setting. This material generally is taken from the conclusion of the dissertation.

Dissertation: "An in-depth, rigorous examination of a particular issue that provides new knowledge and/or perspectives." - Dan Butin (2010).

Location & Contact

Program in Education

College of Arts and Sciences
University of New England

11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005-9526
United States

Paulette St. Ours

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 207-602-2400

Dr. Cynthia Forrest

Vice President for Student Affairs

Phone: 207-221-4225
Fax: 207-523-1925

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Advanced Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
    • Literacy K-12 Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
      Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
    • Career And Technical Education Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
      Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
    • Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
      Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
    • Curriculum And Instruction Strategies Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
    • Leadership, Ethics And Change Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
    • Teaching Methodologies Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
    • Inclusion Education Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
    • Curriculum And Instruction Strategy Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 257
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 106
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


84% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 289
    • Accepted 244
    • Acceptance Rate 84
    • Enrolled 189
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline September 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesteaching certificate, 2 years of teaching experience
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students528
    • Female Percentage76%
    • Male Percentage24%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students528
    • Part-time Percentage44%
    • Full-time Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown19%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage23%
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDistance learning, effective teaching, transition planning, adult learning
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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