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REGISTRATION FOR ALL ALL OTHER SPRING 2014 COURSES IS NOW CLOSED.

ECH 505 Mathematics in the Early Childhood Years 

This course will concentrate on the development of mathematical concepts in young children ages B-8 in naturalistic, informal and formal settings. Using a constructivist theoretical approach, the course will embed and integrate early math development across curriculum areas and throughout the daily environments of young children. Current research and national and state mathematics standards on early mathematics will be linked to philosophy and practice. This course will fulfill the required math content area for the Maine state Birth-5 081 teaching certification.

Instructor: Beth Hatcher
Format/Location: Blended design – three (3) face-to-face classes at UMF and online work, including, but not limited to, two synchronous online class meetings via Blackboard.
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 15, 2014. On-campus UMF face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 1, March 22, and May 3 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Synchronous on line meetings on Tuesdays, March 4 & April 15 from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor. Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field.
Class Number: 52447

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ECH 539 Curriculum Development and Assessment

This course focuses on building collaborative and integrative curricula that utilizes assessment for best teaching practices.  The emphasis will be child-centered and include the use of inclusive classroom adaptations. Students will focus on assessing outcomes and learning goals, as well as articulating developmentally appropriate alignment with school (K-3) outcomes and goals.  The role of inquiry to practice and viewing reflective inquiry as a critical part of curriculum building will be emphasized.

Instructor: Patty Williams
Format/Location: Online, including, but not limited to, four (4) synchronous online class meetings via Blackboard.
Dates/Times: January 21 – May 15, 2014. Online synchronous meetings on Mondays, January 27, February 24, March 24, and April 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor. Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field.
Class Number: 52398
Note: This course is only open to UMF’s M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood students.

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EDU 501 Content Area Literacy and the Common Core State Standards

Designed for practicing teachers in all content areas, Content Area Literacy and the Common Core State Standards focuses on using literacy strategies that will help students comprehend and use critical thinking skills as educators learn about effective approaches for teaching and assessing the process of literacy in the classroom.

Participants will:

  • learn and implement literacy strategies that develop critical thinking in all content areas;
  • implement “Writing to Learn” approaches to increase and enhance comprehension;
  • employ techniques that encourage students to take charge of their own literacy processes;
  • participate in modeling and coaching activities that enhance student comprehension; and
  • engage in best practice methods and procedures that accelerate learners’ growth and development.
Instructor: Gayla LaBreck.
Format/Location: Blended design – Face-to-face classes at Carrabec Community School in North Anson and online.
Dates/Days/Times: January 27-May 5, 2014. Mondays, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, except during school vacations and March 17. Additional online study will replace February 17, March 17 and April 21 classes.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Class Number: 53474.

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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.

Instructor: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location: Blended design – three (3) face-to-face classes at UMF and online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 15, 2014. On-campus UMF face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 8, March 8, and April 5 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Class Number: 52439

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EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 Settings: Understanding and Implementing the Common Core State Standards The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed as an emergent mathematics leader/specialist.  The focus of this course will be: an in-depth study of standards-based mathematics curriculum; its history and evolution, the structure and derivation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and the nature of assessment within a standards-based system; a research project that will examine the history and evolution of the standards-based mathematics movement; the Development of a grade-span differentiation, curriculum document and a standards-based mathematics unit; and a culminating portfolio will show evidence of the student’s ability to use the learning in a professional development capacity as a mathematics leader.

 Instructor: Bob Jenkins and Maggie Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design – six face-to-face classes at SeDoMaCha Elementary School in Dover-Foxcroft, teleconferencing and online work
Dates/Days/Times: January 14 – April 10, 2014. Face-to-face classes will meet on Tuesdays/Thursdays, January 14 and 16, February 25 and 27, and April 8 and 10 from 4 to 7:00 PM at SeDoMaCha Elementary School in Dover-Foxcroft.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Math Leadership series
Class Number: 53286

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EDU 530 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 Settings: The Mathematics Content for Standards-Based Instruction (Section 0001)

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 the Common Core 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.

Instructors: Bob Jenkins and Maggie Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design – three face-to-face classes at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden, teleconferencing and online work
Dates/Days/Times: January 25- April 12, 2014. On-campus Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden classes will meet Saturdays, January 25, March 8 and April 12 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Prerequisites: EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing the Common Core State Standards. You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Math Leadership series.
Class Number:
52441

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EDU 531 Mathematics Pedagogical Knowledge: Effective Instructional Practices for Teaching the Common Core State Standards

The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed to produce effective mathematics instruction.  The focus of this course will be:

  • Mathematics pedagogical knowledge needed for effective mathematics instruction.
  • Identification of mathematics resources needed for effective mathematics instruction
  • The ability to critique classroom instruction for effectiveness.
  • The development of mathematics units.

Instructors: Bob Jenkins and Maggie Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design – three face-to-face classes at University College – Rockland, teleconferencing and online
Dates/Days/Times: February 1-May 3, 2014. On-campus University College – Rockland classes will meet Saturdays, February 1, March 15 and May 3 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Prerequisites: EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing the Common Core State Standards. You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Math Leadership series.
Class Number: 52443

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EDU 532 Mathematics Leadership K-12: The Art of Mathematics Coaching and Supervision

The content of this course is specific to the skills and concepts needed as an emergent mathematics leader/specialist as they support the development of mathematics educators.  The focus of this course will be:

  • The strategies of clinical supervision
  • The understanding of the aspects of coaching
  • The ability to give targeted feedback
  • The understanding of being a teacher-leader in the culture of a school.

This work will give the enrollee the foundation for becoming a mathematics leader using mentoring and supervision.

Instructors: Bob Jenkins and Maggie Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design – three face-to-face classes at UMF, teleconferencing and online
Dates/Days/Times: February 8-May 10, 2014. On-campus UMF classes will meet Saturdays, February 8, March 22 and May 10 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Prerequisites: EDU 529 Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing the Common Core State Standards. You must have a bachelor’s degree  to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Math Leadership series.
Class Number: 52488

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EDU 547 Instructional Design for Online Course Development

This course presents an overview of curriculum development & an introduction to instructional design for online courses. Participants will learn to design & evaluate curriculum, develop instructional materials, assess student learning & measure instructional outcomes for use in online classes. Topics include preparation of course outlines & syllabi, development of lessons plans, design of evaluation instruments and an explanation of how learning objectives & evaluation strategies affect the selection of content and materials.

Instructor: B.J. Kitchin.
Format/Location: Online
Dates: January 21 – May 9, 2014.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Class Number: 53155.

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EDU 550 School Law for Administrators

This course is a survey of the legal bases of public education in the United States and of contemporary legal issues and cases affecting the practice of school administration.  Although the primary objective is to acquaint the student with the legal principles governing public education in the nation and the State of Maine, special attention will be given to those topics of school law which are, or should be, of immediate concern to the practicing school administrator.

Instructor: Michael Cormier.
Format/Location: Face-to-face classes at UMF and online. 
Dates/Times: January 11-March 29, 2014. Saturdays (excluding school vacation and holiday weekends) from 8:00 AM to 12 PM plus online work for the February 15 class.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree and two years of teaching experiencing to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Administration series.
Class Number: 52444

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EDU 553 Finance for School Administrators

EDU 553 presents a comprehensive introduction to resource acquisition, management, and leadership at the school level. Further, it is designed to engage students in exploring the practical realities of resource leadership and to examine in depth their own skills and knowledge in light of their goals for school leadership. Specifically, in the course students will:  1) develop a comprehensive understanding of resource acquisition, management, and deployment as a central part of their leadership effectiveness.  2) understand the procedural and legal parameters for financial and other resource acquisition, management, and deployment.  3) build skills and understanding for leading this dimension of the school effectively.

Instructor: Michael Cormier.
Format/Location: Blended design – Three (3) face-to-face classes at UMF, and one (1) face-to-face class TBD and online.
Dates/Times: May 3 – May 31, 2014. Saturdays (excluding holiday weekends) from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. May 17 class will be held off-campus at a location to be determined (TBD).
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree and two years of teaching experiencing to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Administration series.
Class Number: 52445

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EDU 580 Technology Integration Mod IV

This course is designed to prepare leaders to integrate diverse educational technologies in an educational setting in ways that reflect a theoretical, research based, and practical understanding of curriculum/assessment development and the effective uses of technology. The course emphasizes practical ways to integrate technology into everyday instruction including content-area knowledge acquisition, inquiry, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving. Course content explores the role of leaders as agents of reform regarding technology and includes the role and responsibility of various technologies to address diverse learning needs by utilizing an array of applications to enhance classroom instruction, motivate learners, and connect home and school.

Instructor: Theresa Overall.
Format/Location: Blended design – Three (3) face-to-face classes at UMF and online.
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 6, 2014. Tuesdays TBA from 7:00 to 7:30 PM.
Prerequisite: M.S. Ed. cohort member or permission of instructor and program administrator.
Note: This course is only open to Cohort 6 students.
Class Number: 53264.

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EDU 584 Development and Planning of Curriculum and Assessment II

Participants in this course will investigate 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 enables every student to learn.

Instructor: Yoonjung Choi.
Format/Location: Blended design – Three (3) face-to-face classes at UMF and online.
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 6, 2014. Tuesdays TBA from 4:00 to 7:30 PM.
Prerequisite: M.S. Ed. cohort member or permission of instructor and program administrator. EDU 580 Technology Integration, Modules I, II, & III, EDU 581 History, Philosophy and Ethics in Education, EDU 582 Research Methods, and EDU 583 Development and Planning of Curriculum and Assessment I; concurrent enrollment in EDU 580 Technology Integration, Module IV.
Note: This course is only open to Cohort 6 students.
Class Number: 53263

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EDU 587 Field-Based Research II

This course is designed to be the capstone in the Master of Science in Education program. In this course, students will carry out the action research plans designed in EDU 586 Field-based Research I. Further, this course is a forum for analysis and reflection on the theoretical and experiential knowledge gained through the action research process to generate an informed, multi-faceted perspective on the practice of education.

Instructor: Johanna Prince.
Format/Location: Blended design – Three (3) face-to-face classes at UMF and online.
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 3, 2014. Tuesdays,  January 21 and March 18 from 4:00 to 7:30 PM, and Saturday, May 3 from 10 to 11:30 AM.
Prerequisite: M.S. Ed. cohort member or permission of instructor and program administrator. EDU 580 Technology Integration, Modules I, II, III, IV, V, & VI, EDU 581 History, Philosophy and Ethics in Education, EDU 582 Research Methods, EDU 583 & EDU 584 Development and Planning of Curriculum and Assessment I & II, EDU 585 Cultivating Leadership, and EDU 586 Field-based Research I.
Note: This course is only open to Cohort 5 students.
Class Number: 52412

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SED 505 Achieving High Standards with Universal Design and Assistive Technology

This course introduces students to the concept of universal design (UD) and technologies that provide educators with powerful ways to create flexible methods and materials to reach diverse learners. We’ll begin by exploring UD for professional productivity and then look at the use of UD for teaching and learning. Course participants also will investigate the use of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for children with disabilities.  A range of technology will be examined from “low tech” devices that are inexpensive or easily modified to “high tech” devices that are expensive and may be available on loan from specialized companies. Evaluation approaches and determination of appropriate uses of assistive technology will be discussed.  Methods and strategies for infusing assistive technology within infant/toddler playgroups, preschool, elementary, and secondary programs will be stressed. (Course participants will select the age group on which they wish to focus.) Each person is expected to bring previous professional knowledge and experiences regarding standards, practices, and instructional strategies.

Instructor: Loraine Spenciner.
Format/Location: Online.
Dates: January 21 – May 11, 2014.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree and be an in-service educator with access to students with special needs in order to complete assignments for this course.
Class Number: 52466

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SED 507 Curriculum and Instructional Programming for Students with Disabilities

Students will explore basic principles of curriculum development and instructional programming for students with disabilities.  Students will focus on how to develop clear instructional goals and objectives for Individual Education Plans and then how to construct daily instructional programs to accomplish these goals and objectives.  Students will explore current theory and practice regarding direct instruction as it applies to teaching reading and related skills.

Instructor: Ray Glass.
Format/Location: Online.
Dates: January 14 – May 15, 2014.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree and be an in-service educator with access to students with special needs in order to complete assignments for this course.
Class Number: 52449

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SED 515 Early Intervention: Working with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families

This course addresses various aspects of early intervention services including teaming with families; understanding development and risk during prenatal, natal, and postnatal stages; studying models for working with young children with disabilities and their families in natural environments; and examining infant and toddler program development and curriculum. Students will identify and use current research to increase personal knowledge and skills, applying their findings to present work settings.

Instructor:  Tamara Sewell.
Format/Location: Online
Dates: January
21 – May 15, 2013.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree and be an in-service educator with access to students with special needs in order to complete assignments for this course.
Class Number: 52448

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SED 516 Advanced Topics in Curriculum and Program Design: Mild to Moderate Disabilities

This course is designed for special education teachers who wish to extend their skill and understanding of selected curriculum and program design topics introduced in prior courses.  In consultation with the instructor, each participant will develop and conduct three instructional improvement projects.  Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to the following:

 (1) Implementing positive behavioral supports to improve the daily classroom behavior of a group of students;

(2) Working with a team of teachers to improve a targeted area of student behavior or academic performance;

(3) Analyzing current instructional practices for a specific group of students and then identifying and implementing newer instructional practices in response to identified needs.

 Instructor: Ray Glass.
Format/Location: Online.
Dates: January 14 – May 15, 2014.
Prerequisites: Three (3) graduate level special ed courses and you must have a bachelor’s degree and be an in-service educator with access to students with special needs in order to complete assignments for this course. This course is not suitable for early childhood educators.
Class Number: 52450

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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.

This course is also designed to meet coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Students who satisfactorily complete the four-course sequence will be eligible, once having also met the experience requirement, for the examination to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  This course is explicitly designed to address content areas from the BACB Fourth Edition Task List (2010) including philosophical assumptions and basic concepts of behavior analysis (F-01 through F-46), verbal and non-verbal operants (F-43 through F-46), and fundamental elements of behavior change (TE-01 through TE-21).  We may also touch upon relevant topics from other content areas.

Instructor: Susan Thibadeau
Format/Location: Face-to-face classes on UMF campus.
Dates/Days/Times: January 11-May 10, 2014. Saturdays, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 5, May 3 and May 10 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Prerequisite: You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is the first course in the Applied Behavior Analyst sequence.
Class Number: 53229

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SED 533 Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Gifted Programs & 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.

Instructors: Helen Nevitt
Format/Location: Blended design – four (4) face-to-face classes at UMF  and online
Dates/Days/Times:January 11 to May 3, 2014.  On-campus UMF classes will meet Saturdays, January 11, February 8, March 22 and May 3 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Prerequisites: You must have a bachelor’s degree to register for this graduate level course.
Special Note: This course is part of our Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education series
Class Number: 52562

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