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 Education

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: Patti Bailie
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
January 17 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 28 & March 11 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and April 15 from from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Synchronous online classes  on Monday, February 13 and Wednesday, May 3 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Class Number: 30949

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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 21 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 21 & March 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and April 15 & May 6 from from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Synchronous online classes  on Thursdays, February 16, March 23 & April 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.       
Class Number: 30658
Class Fee:
$50

SECTION 0002

Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Instructor: Patty Williams
Dates/Days/Times:
January 21 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 21 & March 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and April 15 & May 6 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Synchronous online classes  on Wednesdays, February 15, March 22 & April 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Class Number: 30659
Class Fee: $50

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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

Instructoedu-519-saco-spring-2017r: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location:
Blended Design/University College at Saco
Dates/Days/Times:
January 17 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 21, March 18 and April 8 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 30832

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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

edu-529-rockland-spring-2017-wInstructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Rockland
Dates/Days/Times: January 28 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 28, March 25 and May 6 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number:
30661

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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 7 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 7, March 11 and April 29 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 30662

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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 21 – May 6, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and Saturdays, March 4 and May 6  from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 30801

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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

Sectioedu-552-rockland-ellsworth-spring-2017-wn 0001

Format/Location: Blended/University College at Rockland and via Polycom at University College at Ellsworth
Dates/Days/Times: January 14 – April 29, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 28, March 25 and April 29 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number-University College at Rockland: 30663 (live face-to-face classes)

Section 0002

Format/Location: Blended/ via Polycom at University College at Ellsworth
Dates/Days/Times:
January 14 – April 29, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 28, March 25 and April 29 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number-University College at Ellsworth:
 31848
(face-to-face classes broadcast from University College at Rockland)

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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 25 – April 29, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, March 11, April 1 and 29 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 30668

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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

Section 0001

edu-574-hampden-wInstructor: Linda Laughlin
Format/Location:
Blended Design/Hampden Academy
Dates/Days/Times:
January 17 – May 5, 2017.  Face-to-face classes on Saturdays, January 21, March 4 & April 8 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class Number: 31480

 

 

Section 0002

Instructor: Linda Laughlin
Format/Location:
Blended Design/Park Ave School in Auburn
Dates/Days/Times:
April 10 – June 30, 2017. Face-to-face classes on Saturdays, April 29, May 20 & June 17 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class Number: 32203

 

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

Instructors: Heather Perry and Debra McIntyre
Format/Location: Blended/University College at Rockland and via Polycom at University College at Bath/Brunswick
Dates/Days/Times: February 27 – May 5, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, March 25, April 8 and 29 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number-University College at Rockland: 30720 (live face-to-face classes)
Class Number-University College at Bath/Brunswick: 30725 (face-to-face classes broadcast from University College at Rockland)

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EDU 584 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Learners
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.

Prerequisites: EDU 583 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners or permission of the instructor

Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location:
Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
January 17 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 21, March 4 and May 6 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Class Section/Class Number: 0001/30669

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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, multi-faceted perspective on the practice of education.

Prerequisites: EDU 586 Field-based Research I 

Instructor: Christopher Strople
Format/Location:
Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
January 21 – May 11, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 28, March 4 and May 6 from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM.
Class Number: 30670
Course Fee: $50.00

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COURSE IS FULL – NO SPACES AVAILABLE.
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 and courses or background in teaching children with special needs

Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format:
Online
Dates:
January 17 – May 5, 2017.
Class Number: 30672

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COURSE IS FULL – NO SPACES AVAILABLE.
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: Ray Glass
Format:
Online
Dates:
January 8 – May 11, 2017.
Class Number: 30671

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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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Ilana Lesser
Format:
Online
Dates:
January 17 – May 5, 2017.
Class Number: 30673

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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: Lance Neeper
Format:
Online
Dates:
January 23 – May 5, 2017.
Class Number: 30710

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SED 528 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, intervention, systems support, and ethical considerations
The purpose of this course is three fold. 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: Nicole Heal
Format/Location:
Face-to-face classes/University of Maine at Augusta
Dates/Days/Times:
February 4 – April 29, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, February 4 & 11, March 11 & 18, and April 1 & 29 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Class Number: 31298

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SED 532 Developing and Implementing Programs for Learners who are Gifted
This course prepares participants to build effective cohesive programs for gifted students, with direction provided by Maine Chapter 104 and the National Association for Gifted Children Program Standards. Topics include: program philosophy, goals & objectives; program models; identification procedures; curriculum and instruction; addressing atypical giftedness; grouping for instruction; teacher preparation; parent involvement; coordination between regular and special school programs; prevention of emotional problems; secondary vs. elementary programs; program advocacy and program evaluation.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree

sed-532-spring-2017-wInstructor: Susan Boyce-Cormier
Format/Location:
Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
January 28 – April 29, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 28, March 11 and April 29 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Class Number: 30674

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SED 578 Special Topics in Special Education: 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 to students with emotional/behavioral difficulties, functional behavioral assessment, behavior support plans, and wraparound/mental health supports.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

sed-578-spring-2017-wInstructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format:
Online
Dates:
January 17 – April 28, 2017.
Class Number: 30729

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