The Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) recently changed its professional certification requirements to become an athletic director for K-12 schools in the state.

Athletic directors are now expected to have building administrator certification as well as courses in athletic administration. To meet anticipated demand, the University of Maine Educational Leadership Program, part of the College of Education and Human Development, will begin offering a course sequence this fall that meets Maine DOE requirements for athletic director certification.

The course sequence includes:

  • ADL 656: Social and Ethical Foundations of Leadership (offered in the fall).
  • AED 698: Interscholastic Athletics: Philosophy, Organization and Programs (Spring).
  • AED 698: Sports administration: principles, strategies and methods (summer).
  • AED 698: Sports Administration: Legal Issues (Fall).

For educators who need to achieve building-level administrator certification, the UMaine Educational Leadership program offers the Try leadership graduate certificate, a four-course, 12-credit graduate program that can lead to conditional certification as an Assistant Building Administrator by the Maine DOE. The Try on Leadership certificate includes:

  • AED 615: The position of director (fall).
  • AED 651: Organizational Behavior in Education (Spring).
  • AED 531: Academic Law for Administrators (Summer).
  • SED 520: Laws and Policies Affecting Persons with Disabilities (Fall and Summer).

Try on Leadership courses can be taken concurrently or sequentially with Sports Administration courses. All classes meet virtually through UMaineOnline and are taught by instructors with years of experience with Maine schools and school districts.

For more information, contact Maria Frankland, Lecturer and Program Coordinator in Instructional Leadership, at