Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

Administration

Applied Behavior Analysis

Gifted and Talented Education

Math Coaching

Math Leadership

Other Courses

Proficiency Based Education

Special Education (SPARC)

Enrollees must hold a Baccalaureate degree to register for any of these graduate level courses.


 

ECH 504 Early Childhood Policy and Research
Participants in this course will investigate the current field of early childhood care and education from the perspectives of leadership, advocacy, policy and research. An analysis of the influence and impact of national, state and local politics on early childhood policy will include an examination of involved stakeholders, both external and internal to government entities. Students will explore current issues in early childhood policy and research by reading and understanding research on selected current topics in early childhood. Students may opt to complete a mini-internship in a policy research institute or project.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor

Instructor: Tracye Fortin
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
August 28 – December 8, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 9, October 21 and December 2 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and 2 synchronous online class meetings on Thursdays, September 28 and November 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Class Number: 72040

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ECH 533 Advanced Foundations of Child Development
This course is an examination of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical basis of inclusive early childhood education today. The class traces the history and philosophy of education in early childhood and how they impact education practice. Social, economic and political forces will be analyzed within the context of shaping early childhood education. The course examines children’s behavior and learning within education contexts, with particular emphasis on inclusive environments. This course will fulfill a course towards attainment of the Maine state Birth-5 081 teaching certificate.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor

Instructor: Mellisa Clawson
Format: Online
Dates/Days/Times:
August 28 – December 8, 2017. Includes 3 synchronous online meetings on Thursdays, September 7, October 5 and November 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Class Number: 72058

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EDU 506 Poverty and Education
The influence of income on the well-being of children, youth, and families is pervasive and persists throughout the lifespan and across generations. An extensive and interdisciplinary literature has documented the widespread influence of family income on children’s cognitive, socioemotional, and physical development, as well as later vocational and educational success. In this course, we will come to understand how poverty impacts education through a systems approach. We will study theoretical perspectives from economics, sociology, psychology, and education for understanding how poverty affects children’s well-being as well as the multiple contexts children are growing up in. We will also look at resilience and ways that children can avoid the negative outcomes of living in poverty. This course will pay special attention to rural poverty and how it differs from urban poverty. Application of theory and research to practice will be emphasized throughout this course.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructor: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
 September 11 – December 14, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 16, October 28, and December 9 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Class Number: 72053

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EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing Maine’s State Standards
This course is the first of a four-course concentration designed to prepare educators to be leaders and specialists in mathematics education. It is a prerequisite for the other three courses which will focus on content, instruction and supervision. The key content focus of this course is mathematics curriculum & assessment – specifically drawn from Maine’s State Standards for mathematics, the use of tactile and electronic technology, and the design for lessons, units and curriculum documentation. Throughout each content strand there will be a focus on the strategies to create, adopt and execute professional development for teachers of mathematics.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Saco
Dates/Days/Times: September 23 – December 23, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 23, November 4 and December 16 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number 72000

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EDU 530 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 Settings: The Mathematics Content for Standards-Based Instruction
The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed as an emergent mathematics leader/specialist/instructor. The focus of this course will be:

  • An in-depth study of the Domain Progressions in Maine’s State Standards and the NCTM Standards and Connections in the NCTM Process Standards.
  • A research project that will examine the definition of mathematics content knowledge, the mathematics knowledge needed to teach effectively.
  • Development of a mathematics unit demonstrating math content, domain progressions and connections between mathematics topics.
  • A section of the course series portfolio that will show evidence of the student’s ability to use the learning in a professional development capacity as a mathematics leader.

Prerequisite: EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing Maine’s State Standards

Instructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold

Section 0001 and 0002
Format/Location:
Blended design/University College at Rockland and University College at Ellsworth
Dates/Days/Times:
September 16 – December 23, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 16, October 28 and December 9 from 9:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
Section/Class Number: 0001 (Rockland)/71991
Section/Class Number:
0002 (Ellsworth)/71993

Section 0003
Format/Location:
Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
September 9 – December 23, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 9, October 21 and December 2 from 9:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
Section/Class Number: 0003 (UMF)/ 72020

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EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World
This course is designed to provide an overview of educational organizations and the change process with attention to the impact of diversity on the local context. It draws on literature about organizational behavior, change, diversity, leadership, and professional learning communities. The course begins with an analysis of organizations and moves to a focused examination of the change process. Specifically it will support a framework that acknowledges the important role that families, communities, and culture play on educational practice.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructors: Mary Callan and Sally Beaulieu
Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Rockland and University College at Ellsworth
Dates/Days/Times:
September 16 – December 9, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 16 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and October 14 and December 9 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Section/Class Number: 0001 (Rockland)/72021
Section/Class Number:
0002 (Ellsworth)/72022

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EDU 552 Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel
This course provides an overview of supervisory practice in public schools. It draws upon effective schools, effective teaching, teacher and adult development, and supervisory practice literature as a foundation for direct assistance to teachers and general supervisory work. The course includes Maine State Law regarding hiring and dismissal practices, just cause, contract issues, dismissal, non-renewal, progressive discipline, and complaint investigation.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructor: Sandra MacArthur
Format/Location: Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 5 – December 2, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 16, October 14 and November 18 from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM.
Class Number: 72002

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EDU 568 Communication Tools for Teaching and Learning in Proficiency-Based Education
The goal of this course is to develop student-centered learning through technology integration and proficiency-based approaches. Themes include: using technology effectively in the classroom to promote 21st century skills; identifying ways students and teachers can use technology to enhance learning through research, communication, collaboration, and productivity strategies and tools; providing hands-on learning and the creation of curricular units and assessments, which address state and national academic and technology standards; facilitating student-centered classrooms that encourage student self-direction and higher-order thinking.

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with word processing, files management, data backup strategies and sending and opening email with attachments

Instructor: Sarah Irish
Format:
Online
Dates: September 11 – December 3, 2017.
Class Number: 72005

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EDU 574 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Proficiency Based Education
This course is designed to provide participants with a review of the foundations of proficiency-based education. Participants will learn the key components of a proficiency-based educational system including school structures, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and reporting; and they will apply relevant theory and researched-based practices to the design of these key components. Participants will also engage in critical discussions and demonstrate awareness of the affective and behavioral considerations for teaching and learning in a proficiency-based learning environment.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Linda Laughlin

SECTION 0001
Format/Location:
Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
September 11 – December 8, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 23, October 14 and November 18 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Section/Class Number: 0001/72006

 

SECTION 0002
Format/Location: Blended/RSU 12
Dates/Days/Times: September 11 – December 8, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 30, October 28 and December 2 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Section/Class Number: 0002/72007

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EDU 575 Instructional Leadership
This course is designed to build on participants’ prior knowledge of the foundations of proficiency-based education (PBE). The course will focus on instructional leadership practices that are useful and effective in the PBE classroom. Participants will analyze research on instruction and assessment practices; reflect on their local practices; create plans for improvement; and gather data to inform further action. The coursework will also explore leadership theory, the role of strategic planning, the change process, and strategies needed to successfully maintain and update a proficiency-based curriculum design.

Prerequisite: 3 credits in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment or approval from Office of Graduate Studies

Instructors: Heather Perry and Rebecca Brown
Format/Location: Blended/Hampden Academy
Dates/Days/Times: September 9 – December 1, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 16, October 21 and November 18 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class Number: 72009

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EDU 576 Seminar In Proficiency Based Education
This course is designed for students to identify, with faculty support, an applied research project in proficiency-based education. Students will be expected to conduct literature reviews, explore theoretical frameworks, locate resources, and design strategies for implementing proficiency-based education. Seminar meetings will be responsive to students’ needs and allow for discussion, reflection, peer feedback, and support during project implementation.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 2 of the following 4 courses, EDU 551, EDU 568, EDU 574, or EDU 575; or permission of the Office of Graduate Studies.

Instructor: Gloria Jenkins
Format:
Online, including synchronous online classes.
Dates/Days/Times: August 28 – December 14, 2017. Synchronous online meetings on Saturdays, September 16, October 14 and November 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 72018

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EDU 584 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide teacher leaders with opportunities to develop a deeper level of understanding of data analysis focused on student learning, representation, and communication to intended audiences. Participants in this course will investigate data-informed leadership processes through the cycle of program evaluation: design, implementation, management, and evaluation. The effects of reform initiatives on the stakeholders in educational environments will be investigated and critiqued. An emphasis is placed on developing a collaborative culture in educational environments that enhances teacher agency, builds instructional capacity, and maximizes efforts to meet students’ needs.

Prerequisite: EDU 583 or permission of instructor

Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location:
Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 5 – December 8, 2017.  Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 9, October 21 and December 2 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Class Number: 72052

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EDU 586 Applied Educational Research I
This course builds on foundational theories and practices investigated in Research Methods. Students will design a research study related to the field of education and document the proposed methods for that study. Students will better understand various ethical concerns when conducting research with people.

Prerequisite: EDU 582 or permission of instructor

Instructor: Christopher Strople
Format/Location:
Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 2 – December 14, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 9, October 21 and December 2 from 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM.
Class Number: 72010

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EDU 595 Implementing a K-8 Math Coaching Practice
This is the second course in a three-course series. During the course students will expand their mathematical content knowledge, mathematical knowledge for teaching, and mathematical pedagogy through case studies and research in the field. Participants will use this knowledge to critically examine their own teaching practice. Additionally, participants will continue studying and begin to practice skills for elementary mathematics coaching and subsequently refine their vision of an effective and appropriate coaching practice. Participants will collect and analyze data to inform professional development planning.

Prerequisite: Must be a member of the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project; EDU 594

Instructor: Shannon Larsen
Format/Location:
Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: August 26 – December 8, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, August 26, September 30 and November 4 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class Number: 72012

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EDU 596 Refining a K–8 Math Coaching Practice
This is the final course in a three-course series. In this course participants will work with the support of an on-site field coach to evaluate their work as an emerging elementary mathematics coach in their district. Collection and analysis of data will be necessary in order to answer the research question posed in during the second course. Data will also be used to support the design of a professional development experience for teachers in the district. The role of an educational leader and the integration of technological tools will leverage this work. Focus on high quality mathematics learning and teaching will continue to be central to the course design.

Prerequisite: Must be a member of the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project; EDU 594 & EDU 595

Instructor: Mary Wermers
Format/Location:
Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: August 26 – December 8, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, August 26, September 30, and November 4 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class Number: 72050

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SED 503 Preparing Students for the Future: Transition Programming, Self-determination and Advocacy
This course prepares future special education teachers at the middle and secondary level to meet the transition requirements of IDEA by exploring issues and strategies for preparing adolescents and young adults with disabilities for the transition from school to adult life. We will explore these issues and strategies within the context of ecological models of human development. Students will: understand federal and state mandates for transition planning and historical perspectives of transition, explore and describe the five areas of transition, implement effective strategies for dealing with diversity and gender equity issues, implement key transition assessments and curricula, develop student-centered transition plans and demonstrate awareness of how community agencies can collaborate to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructor: Heidi O’Leary
Format:
Online
Dates: September 7 – December 14, 2017.
Class Number: 72029

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SED 505 Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum Access
This course introduces students to the concept of universal design for learning (UDL) and instructional technologies that provide educators with effective ways to create flexible methods, materials, and assessments to reach diverse learners. A focus will be on how to support students with a range of abilities to access the general education curriculum across content areas.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format:
Online
Dates: September 5 – December 1, 2017.
Class Number: 72023

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SED 508 Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities
Students will explore basic principles of classroom and behavior management from prevention of problems through the development of a variety of positive responses to chronic misbehavior in special education and regular classroom settings. Students will develop and conduct a number of classroom application projects designed to improve the behavior of individuals and groups of students. Students will also review current research on effective classroom and behavior management.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructor: Ray Glass
Format:
Online
Dates: August 28 – December 15, 2017.
Class Number: 72030

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SED 517 Professional Ethics, Cultural Competence, and Evidence-based Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
This course examines professional and ethical practice within the range of delivery systems from early intervention to special education in community and school-based programs for children with disabilities, from birth to eight years of age, and their families. Case studies increase understanding of various medical conditions and related care on family concerns and on child development and learning. Students examine and practice developmentally appropriate methods and strategies, as well as develop skills in effective supervision and evaluation of others. Through the course, students engage in reflective inquiry regarding developing personal cultural competency. Students identify and use current research to increase personal knowledge and skills, applying findings to present work settings.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree

Instructor: Allison Jackson
Format:
Online
Dates: September 11 – December 8, 2017.
Class Number: 72031

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SED 518 Special Education Law
This course will provide prospective and practicing educators and school administrators with a working knowledge of relevant laws, policies, and regulations related to students with disabilities. Laws and regulations pertaining to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Maine special education regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act will be discussed. Major course topics include Special Education eligibility and IEP development, student discipline, and curriculum access. The historical significance and practical application of laws affecting students with disabilities in school will be emphasized. In particular, the focus of the course will be on making effective educational decisions for students with disabilities.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Section 0001 – A blended course
Instructor: Laurie Lemieux
Format/Location:
Blended/RSU 19
Dates/Days/Times: September 11 – November 27, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Mondays, September 11, October 2, October 16, November 6 and November 27 from 4:00 – 7:30 PM
Section/Class Number: 0001/71990

 

Section 0002 – Online
Instructor:
Brian Cavanaugh
Format: Online
Dates:
August 29 – December 8, 2017.
Section/Class Number:
0002/72154

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SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
This course – the first in a series of four – will introduce educators and other interested professionals to a behavioral view of teaching and learning.  The course presents basic behavioral processes and principles (illustrated largely with respect to teaching children with autism) and provides a conceptual foundation for subsequent courses in behavioral assessment and the application of behavioral methods in specialized instruction.  Readings will be drawn from both text and primary sources, both recent and classic in the field.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Laura Betters
Format/Location:
Blended/UMA
Dates/Days/Times: September 4 – December 9, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 23, November 4 and December 9 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Class Number: 72033

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SED 530 Identifying and Educating Learners who are Gifted
This course introduces the participant to education of gifted learners. Topics to be presented: conceptions of giftedness; myths and truths of gifted education; the necessity of gifted education; equitable identification of gifted learners from diverse populations; common cognitive and affective characteristics; highly gifted students; special populations of gifted learners; common social/emotional issues; necessary components of a gifted program; curriculum differentiation in the regular classroom; acceleration vs. enrichment.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Leigh Ann Fish
Dates/Days/Times: September 18 – November 18, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 30, November 4 and November 18 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

SECTION 0001
Format/Location:
Blended/University College at Bath/Brunswick
Section/Class Number: 0001/72036

SECTION 0002
Format/Location: Blended/University College at Saco
Section/Class Number: 0002/72037

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SED 533 Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking in Gifted Program and Classroom Settings
This course prepares teachers to increase the levels of critical and creative thinking in their classroom teaching. Topics include critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving in education in regular classrooms, arts/music classrooms, and in the education of gifted students. Participants will learn about assessment of critical thinking and creativity; social and cultural practices which facilitate or inhibit critical and creative thinking; and classroom practices which stimulate or inhibit critical and creative thinking in students and in teachers. Specific research-based classroom strategies will be taught.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Linda Andrews
Format/Location:
Blended/University College Center at Norway/South Paris
Dates/Days/Times: September 9 – December 9, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 16, October 14, and November 18 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class Number: 72039

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