Spring 2020 Open Enrollment:

October 21, 2019 – Open enrollment for all graduate students

Please email gradstudies@maine.edu or call (207) 778-7502 for more information.

M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education

M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership

Administration

English Language Learning

Gifted and Talented Education

Math Intervention Specialist

Math Leadership

Special Education

Systems of Student Support

 


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 certificate.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Early Childhood program, or permission of program Director.

Instructor: Erika Neal
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 25 – April 25, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 25, March 7, and April 25 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Online synchronized class meetings on Wednesdays, February 12 and April 1 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Class Number: 10459

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Early Childhood program, or permission of program Director.

Instructor: Mellisa Clawson
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 25 – May 1, 2020.
Online synchronized class meetings on Thursdays, February 6, March 5, and April 2 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Class Number: 10674

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Kathryn Will-Dubyak
Format/Location: Blended / Lewiston
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 1, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 8, March 7, April 11 from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, and April 25 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Class Number: 10549

Click here for enrollment information

 


EDU 519 Risk and Resilience in Educational Settings

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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 8, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 25, February 29, and April 11 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Class Number: 10460

Click here for enrollment information

 


EDU 527 Using Data for Teaching/Learning in Support of All Students in Mathematics

Participants will examine data collection as a catalyst for systematic and continuous improvement in mathematical instruction and student learning. Data analysis will be used to set goals for each student, monitor student progress, and to design appropriate instructional strategies to address students’ learning needs. Through case studies, participants will critically examine and develop action plans for students. Data will be used to initiate conversations regarding access and equity to high quality instruction for all students.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Completion of EDU 526.

Instructor: Victoria Cohen
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 25 – May 1, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 25, February 29, and April 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 10826

Click here for enrollment information

 


EDU 531 Mathematics Pedagogical Knowledge: Effective Instructional Practices for Teaching Maine’s 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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 530

Instructors: Margaret Griswold and Robert Jenkins
Format/Location: Blended / Brunswick
Dates/Days/Times: January 11 – April 4, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 11, February 29, and April 4 from 9:00 AM -3:00 PM.

Class Number: 10461

Click here for enrollment information

 


EDU 551 Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World

This course is about understanding schools as organizations and how to change them to improve learning for all. It draws on literature about organizational behavior, culture, change, leadership, learning organizations and professional learning communities. It is designed to promote critical thinking about and planful action toward creating schools that are true learning organizations. The course begins with an overview of diverse models of organizations and moves to a focused examination of culture and its impact on organizational behavior. Frameworks for understanding organizational change and resistance to change are then explored, followed by critical examination of leadership capabilities and skills necessary to lead successful school change efforts, including shared vision, inquiry-based use of data, and broad-based involvement and collaboration.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Mary Callan and Sally Beaulieu
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – April 18, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 25 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, March 14 and April 11 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Class Number: 10827

Click here for enrollment information

 


EDU 553 Finance for School Administrators

This course will provide prospective and practicing educators and school administrators with a working knowledge of relevant laws, policies, theories and regulations related to school finance. Major course topics include acquisition, management, and deployment of resources and the impact these decisions have on leadership effectiveness. Further, it is designed to engage students in examining their own skills and knowledge in light of their goals for school leadership.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Michael Cormier
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 17 – April 11, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 8, March 14, and April 11 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 10705

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Educational Leadership program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education

Section 0001
Instructor: Melissa Gallagher
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 2, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 1, March 28, and May 2 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 10462

Section 0002
Instructor: Melissa Gallagher
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 2, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 1, March 28, and May 2 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 10463

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 583; practicing educator, or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Gloria Jenkins
Format/Location: Blended / RSU 16
Dates/Days/Times: January 9 – May 8, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Thursdays, January 9, February 6, March 5, April 2, and April 30 from 3:40 PM – 7:00 PM.

Class Number: 10465

Click here for enrollment information

 


EDU 587 Applied Educational Research II

This course is designed as a capstone experience. Students will conduct a research project that will solidify and extend the researcher’s working understanding of the principles of research design, implementation, and analysis. 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, multi-faceted perspective on the practice of education.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 586 or permission of instructor

Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 2, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 1, March 28, and May 2 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 08771

Click here for enrollment information

 


SED 504 Collaborative Partnerships Among Individuals with Disabilities, Families, and Professionals

This course focuses on collaboration and teaming strategies among individuals with disabilities, their families, general and special educators, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and other related service providers in inclusive school and community settings. Assignments and activities require application of teaming and collaboration skills. Participants will also conduct research on collaborative interactions in school and community-based services. Course projects involve co-teaching, staff development, and problem-solving situations.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Laurie Lemieux
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 1, 2020.
Class Number: 10668

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Danielle Williams
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 1, 2020.
Class Number: 10671

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)

Instructor: Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: March 3 – April 24, 2020.
Class Number: 10466

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 8, 2020.
Class Number: 10467

Click here for enrollment information

 


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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)

Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 1, 2020.
Class Number: 10468

Click here for enrollment information

 


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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 1, 2020.
Class Number: 10470

Click here for enrollment information

 


SED 533 Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking in Gifted Programs 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 or 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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 

Instructor: Leigh Ann Fish
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: February 22 – April 19, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 29, March 14, and April 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 10646

Click here for enrollment information