Education Graduate Certificates

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s College offers a number of graduate certificates in education.

    The courses in each area can be used toward credit fulfillment of the Master of Science in Education degree.

  • Curriculum

    Certificate in School Leadership

    The 15-credit school leadership certificate program at the graduate level includes all course requirements for the Assistant Building Supervisor certification as specified by the Maine Department of Education. It fulfills many of the standards of the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) used for certification in states throughout the country. This certificate is also valuable for learning the tools of being a teacher-leader.

    The certificate program is designed for the educational practitioner who desires to become eligible to apply for the Assistant Building Administrator certification. Students who complete this certificate will be nearly half way towards their master's degree in School Leadership should they choose to continue in their graduate education.

    Certificate in Catholic School Leadership

    This four-course certificate program in Catholic school leadership highlights the essential tools necessary to be the spiritual and educational leader of a Catholic School without having to complete a full master's degree. Each of the four courses of this graduate certificate is included within the Catholic School Leadership master's degree and may be rolled into this degree at a later date.

    The graduate certificate explores school leadership from a Catholic perspective. This is designed for education professionals who find that the full master's degree is out of reach due to time or budgetary constraints. This certificate includes the fundamentals elements of Catholic Principalship. Each of these courses is part of the full master's degree in Catholic School Leadership.

    Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: Interdisciplinary Studies

    The certificate of advanced graduate study is for the student who already holds a master's degree and wishes to continue their studies. Some career tracks recognize the CAGS for compensation rewards beyond the Masters. This certificate allows for students to self-design their learning. All 18 credits must be earned at Saint Joseph’s College. This certificate allows students to take courses inside or outside of their profession and degree area (theology, nursing, education, health administration, business).

    Students can choose any combination from the courses listed; the design is interdisciplinary. The final course is always the CAG 600 Interdisciplinary capstone course, but the student will request which program area or faculty they wish to have supervise that final course. *Tuition costs vary depending on program areas.

  • Some of our faculty

    • Dr. Suzan J. Nelson

      Director, Online Education Program

      EdD, Walden University

      CAS, University of Southern Maine

      MS, University of Maine at Orono

      BA, University of Maine at Orono

    • Richard Willis

      PhD, Stanford University

      MEd, University of Maine

      BA, Yale University

    • Thomas M. Hancock

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University

      MS, New Hampshire College

      BS, Husson College

    Dr. Suzan J. Nelson

    Director, Online Education Program

    EdD, Walden University

    CAS, University of Southern Maine

    MS, University of Maine at Orono

    BA, University of Maine at Orono

    Richard Willis

    PhD, Stanford University

    MEd, University of Maine

    BA, Yale University

    Thomas M. Hancock

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University

    MS, New Hampshire College

    BS, Husson College

  • Student Stories

    • Danielle Johnson '10 (B.S), '13 (MS.Ed.), Standish, Maine

      The College faculty were amazing and supportive. Each faculty member supported me throughout the class. When I was doing my final research project, my reader was very helpful, checking in periodically to ask if I need assistance and was doing OK in my research.

    • Sheri Weidman, Annville, Pennsylvania

      "Your life experience and a desire to learn are favorable advantages to achieving a Master's Degree in Education at Saint Joseph's College. Each course is masterfully designed by scholarly yet affable professors. Your educational journey at Saint Joseph's College will be intellectually stimulating, personally gratifying, and continually transforming."

    • Stuart Rubio, Major U.S. Air Force, Sherwood, Arkansas

      "Because of my "non-standard" teaching background, I was looking for a program that would apply to all education, not just the standard classroom. The MSEd program at Saint Joseph's College is exactly that. Every single professor I have had has allowed me to apply the course content to my current teaching situation. It has made for much deeper learning."

  • Career Moves

    Public school teachers must be licensed, which typically requires a bachelor's degree and the completion of an approved teacher education program; private school teachers do not have to be licensed but may still need a bachelor's degree.

    Many states offer alternative licensing programs to attract people into teaching, especially for hard-to-fill positions.

    Teachers must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate students, as well as understand students' educational and emotional needs.

    Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education, and in less desirable urban or rural school districts.