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Registration for Spring 2019 opens on November 9, 2018, for M.S.Ed and Certificate students and Nov 26, 2018, for SPARC and non-degree students.

 

Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

Administration

Applied Behavior Analysis

English Language Learners

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 537 Science in the Early Childhood Years
This course addresses the development of inquiry-based science curriculum in the early childhood setting. Rooted in constructivist approaches, it incorporates topics of scientific literacy, conceptual development, content areas, current research and curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Sources of curriculum in science for young children are explored (e.g., standards content, children’s knowledge, and concepts, flora and fauna of the immediate environment, etc.) are explored, teaching/learning strategies examined and scientific outcomes assessed. This course will fulfill the science content area for the Maine state Birth-5 081 teaching certificate.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor
Instructor: Erika Neal
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: February 2 – May 7, 2019. Face-to-face Meetings on Saturdays February 2, and March 9, from 9:00 -4:00. Face-to-face meeting on April 13,  from 1:00 -4:00 pm. Online meetings on February 19, and May 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Class Number: 48975

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ECH 541 Field-Based Research
This course is the capstone of the M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program. Students will complete a field-based, original research project, utilizing a research design that will draw on the student’s background knowledge from ECH 540. Analysis and reflection on the research process with an emphasis on interpretation and practical application of research to practice will be central to the course.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate Degree in early childhood or related field, enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program, ECH 500 Early Childhood Education in Today’s World, and ECH 540 Research Methods in Early Childhood

SECTION 0001
Format/Location:
Blended design/UMF
Instructor: Donna Karno
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 9, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, January 26 and  March 2, from 9:00 – 3:00 PM. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, April 13 and May 4 from 9:00 – 12:00 PM.  Online meetings on Tuesday, February 12 and Thursdays March 28 and April 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Class Number: 48976
Class Fee: $50

SECTION 0002
Format/Location:
Blended design/UMF
Instructor: Patricia Williams
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 9, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, January 26 and  March 2, from 9:00 – 3:00 PM. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, April 13 and May 4 from 9:00 – 12:00 PM.  Online meetings on Wednesdays, February 13, March 27, and April 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. 
Class Number: 48977
Class Fee: $50

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ECH 577 Reggio Emilia Travel Course
A study group designed specifically for small groups of undergraduate and graduate students and accompanying professors whose work with students is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. The course offers students theory and practical international experience including: visits to the preschools/infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia; presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas and teachers on the history, identity and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach; time at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center to view current exhibitions; discussion among students and professors about Reggio- related theory and practice in their own settings.

This travel course is led by UMF professors Patti Bailie and Leigh Ann Fish and runs from March 22nd through March 29th, 2019. Students will get to visit Bologna and Reggio Emilia, Italy. This course is offered as an international and global studies course, INS 280 or early childhood education, ECH 477 0r ECH 577. For more information go to https://www.umf-globaled.com/travel-courses.


EDU 504 English Language Learners: Equity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement
This course will help participants understand the importance of equity, inclusion and advocacy while fostering culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) family engagement. Students will identify how culture, cultural diversity, and cultural sensitivity apply to working with ELLs, their families, and their communities.
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Shelly Chasse-Johndro
Format/Location: Blended/Lewiston
Dates/Days/Times: January 28 – May 3, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturday, February 2, March 16, and April 27 from 9:00 – 2:30 pm.
Class Number: 48978

 


EDU 510 Induction and Mentoring
The course will focus on induction and mentoring skills aligned with the current teacher certification standards for beginning teachers. Participants will familiarize themselves with Maine’s Chapter 118 and examine the potential application of effective feedback for beginning teachers from a mentor’s viewpoint. Additional topics will include reflective journaling to improve teaching strategies, developing scaffolding skills for the mentor, identifying the needs of beginning teachers, and time management solutions.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Lee Harper
Format/Location: Blended/RSU 10
Dates/Days/Times: Face-to-face meetings on March 7, March 21, April 11, and April 25 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
Class Number: 50344

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EDU 511 Evidence and Inquiry-Based Strategies for Working with ELLs
This course is designed to engage teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in a practice of critical and reflective inquiry. Course participants will develop an understanding of what constitutes informed, creative and meaningful research inquiries. Finally, students will examine how current second language acquisition and bilingual education research frames effective inclusive instructional practice.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree
Instructors: Kathryn Will-Dubyak
Format/Location: Blended design / Lewiston
Dates/Days/Times: January 26 – May 4, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays January 26, March 2 and April 6 from 9:00 – 2:30 PM
Class Number: 48980

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EDU 519 Children at Risk: Fostering Resilience and Hope
Resilience is the ability to” bounce back” in the face of adversity. It is a process (not a product) that can be fostered in children in multiple ways. This course will explore how risk impacts students and their education through a systems approach, as well as how to identify and increase protective factors. It will examine risk and resilience processes during childhood and adolescence and the long terms effects of risk on the lifespan. Diverse conceptual, empirical, and applied perspectives from sociology, psychology, and education will be employed to understand how resilience is present in the multiple contexts of child development. Application of theory and research to practice will be emphasized throughout this course.

Prerequisite:
 Baccalaureate Degree
Instructor: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location: Blended design/ MCI
Dates/Days/Times: January 28 – May 9, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Mondays, January 28, February 25, March 25, and April 29, 2019, from 4:00 – 7:30 pm.
Class Number: 48982

 


EDU 525 Developing Formative Assessment Practices in the Mathematics Classroom
This course will examine principles and aspects of formative assessment with a focus on establishing conceptual based mathematics learning targets, gathering and analyzing evidence of students’ thinking related to the learning target, providing feedback to students and deeply involving students in processes that will help them move their own learning forward. Research review, discussions, in-class exercises, practical experiences and action research on the integration of these formative assessment aspects within mathematics instruction will be an integral part of this course.  

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Shannon Larsen
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 26 – May 10, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on January 26, March 2, and March 30 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 48985

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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.

Section 0001
Prerequisite:
Baccalaureate Degree
Instructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/UMA Brunswick Center
Dates/Days/Times: February 2 – May 11, 2019. Face to face meetings on Saturdays, February 2, March 16 and May 4 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm. 
Class Number: 48986

Section 0002
Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree
Instructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/UMA Saco Center
Dates/Days/Times: January 26 – April 27, 2019. Face to Face meetings on Saturdays, January 26, March 9, and April 27 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm.
Class Number: 48989

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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.

Prerequisite: EDU 529
Instructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Saco
Dates/Days/Times: January 19 – April 6, 2019. Face to face meetings on Saturdays, January 19, March 2, and April 6 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm.
Class Number: 48991

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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/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 26 – April 20, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, January 26 from 9:00 – 12:00, March 2 and April 13 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 48992

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EDU 553 Finance for School Administrators
This course 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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate Degree
Instructor: Michael Cormier
Format/Location: Blended Design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: February 9 – April 27, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays February 9, March 16, and April 27 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 48993

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EDU 554 Internship in School Leadership – 6 credit course  – Continued from Fall
This course will be designed to allow students to demonstrate competency with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.  Students will complete the 320 hour internship as required by the Department of Education for building leaders; and will be designed in collaboration with the student, the internship mentor,  and the instructor of EDU 554 . The field experience will be combined with an applied research project in school leadership; and is designed to encourage the application of formal coursework to the leadership issues faced by school leaders.  Limited to first 10 students to enroll.

Prerequisite:
Students will have completed at least 12 of 15 credits from the following UMF courses

  • SED 518 Special Education Law
  • EDU 550 School Law for Administrators
  • EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World
  • EDU 553 School Finance for Administrators
  • EDU 552 Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel

Instructors: Sandra MacArthur
Format/Location: Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: August 24 – May 11, 2019. Face-to-face class meeting on Saturdays, September 8, October 12, November 17, January 5, March 2, and April 27 from 9:00 – 2:30 PM.
Class Number:31584

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EDU 567: Implementing and Refining a Secondary 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 secondary mathematics coach in their district. Collection and analysis of data will be necessary in order to answer the research question posed during the second course. 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: Be a member of the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project and successfully completed EDU 565 & 566
Instructor:
 Catherine Jacobs and Robyn Graziano
Format/Location: Blended Design/Farmington
Dates/Days/Times: January 28 – May 9, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on February 2, March 16 and April 27 from 9:00 – 3:30 PM.
Class Number: 48994

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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: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Rebecca Brown and Heather Perry
Format: Blended Design/ Chelsea
Dates: February 4 – April 6, 2019
Class Number: 49945

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EDU 582 Research Methods in Education
This course is designed to introduce educators to different methodological frameworks in educational research and become more familiar with a range of research designs and practices.  Participants will select an area of inquiry and begin an in-depth analysis of the research on this topic.

Section 0001 / Cohort 11
Prerequisites:
Accepted in MS Ed in Educational Leadership program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh 
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 26, – May 9, 2019. Face- to- Face class meetings on Saturdays,  February 2, March 30, and May 4 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm. 
Class Section/Class Number: 48995

 

Section 0002 / Cohort 12
Prerequisites:
Accepted in MS Ed in Educational Leadership program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh 
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 26, – May 9, 2019. Face- to- Face class meetings on Saturdays,  February 2, March 30, and May 4 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm. 
Class Section/Class Number: 48996

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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 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 research process to generate an informed, multifaceted perspective on the practice of education.

Prerequisites: EDU 586 Field-based Research I
Instructor: TBD
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 26, – May 4, 2019. Face-to-face class meetings on February 2, March 30, May 4 from 10:00 – 1:30 pm.
Class Number: 48997
Course Fee: $50.00

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SED 506 Assessment in Special Education
This course examines assessment practices for children and youth from 3-20 years and provides a variety of hands-on experiences in using various assessment approaches including observations, curriculum-based measurement, and standardized instruments. This course includes opportunities to construct and use both formative and summative assessments, emphasizing the links between pre-assessment, program planning and instruction, and monitoring progress. Each student will work with a focus child or youth in their area of specialization to gain practice in constructing, evaluating, and implementing informal assessments, evaluating formal assessments and interpreting assessment information for other educators and parents. Each student will build skills and knowledge in increasing cultural competence related to assessment practices. During this course, we also will explore a variety of current issues including universal design, test accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format: Online
Dates: February 4 – May 9, 2019
Class Number: 48998

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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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Hillary Goldthwaite-Fowles
Format: Online
Dates: February 4 – April 1, 2019
Class Number: 49911

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SED 514 Literacy Development for All Students
This course introduces research-based approaches to (1) the assessment of and for literacy, and (2) the implementation of methods, materials, strategies, and techniques for supporting literacy learning of all individuals, including those with disabilities. Although this course focuses on the special needs of individuals with disabilities or who are at risk, individuals taking this course will learn ways to address the needs of all students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12 and adults who struggle to read and write or to improve their reading and writing skills. Topics include assessment, print awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing, and teaching reading and writing to English language learners. Opportunities will be provided for participants to explore independent learning on key course topics.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format: Online
Dates: February 11 – May 9, 2019
Class Number: 50087


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
Instructor: Laurie Lemieux
Format: Blended Design / UMF
Dates: February 25 – April 30, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays March 9, April 6, and April 27 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 49905

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SED 519 Assistive Technology
This course introduces students to assistive technology (AT). Course participants will investigate the use of assistive technology devices and services for individuals 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. Evaluation approaches, determination of appropriate uses of assistive technology, and funding will be explored. Methods and strategies for implementing assistive technology with students who require varying levels of support across settings and ages will be a primary focus.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Hillary Goldthwaite-Fowles
Format: Online
Dates: January 28 – April 15, 2019
Class Number: 48999

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SED 528 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, intervention, systems support, and ethical considerations
The purpose of this course is threefold. First, students will be provided a historical overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will learn the revised diagnostic criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013. A variety of screening instruments will be reviewed. Students will learn empirically validated strategies for the education and treatment of individuals with ASD from early intervention through the school years. Controversial practices will be reviewed and discussed. Second, students will become familiar with guidelines for developing systems of support in human service organizations. Students will learn to develop effective systems of staff training, support, and supervision. Competency-based training will be discussed in detail, along with steps to ensure treatment integrity. Students also will become familiar with peer review processes and methods of assessing consumer satisfaction. Third, students will learn the standards for ethical and professional conduct. Students will discuss ethics in detail and learn to recognize potential ethical dilemmas that arise in daily educational and clinical practice. Identification of pertinent ethical codes of conduct and resolution of ethical dilemmas will be reviewed.

Prerequisites: SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, SED 526 Behavior Analysis and the Scientific Assessment of Learning and SED 527 Applying Behavior Analysis: Methods of Instruction and Behavioral Support
Instructor: Laura Betters
Format/Location: Blended / UMA
Dates/Days/Times: January 26 – May 4, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, February 9, March 23, and April 27 from 9:00 – 4:00 pm. 
Class Number: 49024

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SED 529 Individualized Positive Behavior Supports
This course prepares educators to design, implement, and evaluate interventions for students with significant emotional/ behavioral difficulties. Topics include the nature and needs of students with emotional/ behavioral difficulties, functional behavioral assessment, behavior support plans, and wraparound/mental health supports.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 26 – May 3, 2019.
Class Number: 49025

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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.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Linda Andrews
Format/Location: Blended/ UMF
Dates/Days/Times: February 2 – April 20, 2019. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, February 9, March 16, and April 6 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm at UMF.
Class Number: 49026

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SED 578 Special Topics Course – Special Education Mentorship PART 2
This course is designed to orient conditionally certified special educators to the practice of special education during their first year of teaching. It is designed to provide practical applicable information and experiences encountered by special educators during the course of a school year. Course topics include special education law, application of IDEA from initial referral to IEP meeting, adapting instruction, classroom and behavior management, assessment, collaboration, and transition; as well as supervision of educational technicians and self-care for first-year teachers. MACM Program participants only. – Must have taken SED 578 Special Topics Course- Special Education Mentorship Part 1 in the Fall.

Section 0001
Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Heidi O’Leary
Format/Location: Blended/Online meetings
Dates/Days/Times: TBD
Class Number: 49607

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