Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

Administration

Applied Behavior Analysis

Gifted and Talented Education

Math Coaching (9-12 Pilot)

Math Leadership

Other Courses

Proficiency Based Education

Special Education (SPARC)


ECH 505 Mathematics in the Early Childhood
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: Baccalaureate Degree in early childhood or related field; Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program, or permission of instructor
Instructor: Cara Furman
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 10, 2018. Face-face class meetings on Saturdays January 27, March 3 and April 21 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM, and synchronized online meetings on Thursdays February 15, and April 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. 
Class Number: 90573

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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.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate Degree in early childhood or related field; Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program, or permission of instructor
Instructor: Donna Karno
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 4, 2018. Synchronized Online meetings on Thursdays, February 1, February 22, March 29, and April 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. 
Class Number: 90544

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EDU 502 Second Language Acquisition
This course examines second language acquisition (SLA) theories and research as they apply to English Language Learner (ELL) teaching and learning. Key questions include: What is language? How are first and second languages learned? What are SLA theories and how do they compare to first language acquisition (FLA) theories? What are various disciplinary approaches to SLA research? What are key trends and findings in SLA research? How are SLA theories and research applicable to ELL materials, methods and practices?

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate Degree 
Instructor: Deborah Howard
Format/Location: Blended design/Lewiston
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 10, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 27, March 3, and April 7 from 9:00 – 1:00 PM.
Class Number: 91474


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/RSU 19
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 10, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Wednesdays January 31, February 28, March 21 and April 25 from 4:00- 7:30 PM
Class Number: 91338

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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: Susan Creighton
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 27 – May 4, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 27, March 3, March 31 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Class Number: 90546

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

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

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

Prerequisites: EDU 529
Instructor: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Saco
Dates/Days/Times: January 20 – April 21, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 20, March 3, April 7 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Class Number: 90556

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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.d for effective mathematics instruction.

Section 0001
Prerequisites:
EDU 529
Instructor: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location:Blended design/University College at Rockland 
Dates/Days/Times: January 27-May 5, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays,  January 27, March 10, April 28 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Section/ Class Number: 90575 (Rockland)

Section 0002
Instructor: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location:Blended design/University of Maine at Farmington
Dates/Days/Times: February 10-May 26, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays,  February 10, April 14, and May 19 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Section/ Class Number: 90916

 

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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: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Mary Callan and Sally Beaulieu
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 27 – May 5, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday, January 27 from 9:00-12:00 PM, and Saturdays March 17, and May 5 from 9:00- 3:00 PM. 
Class Number:
90557

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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.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Sandra MacArthur
Format/Location: Blended design/UMPI
Dates/Days/Times: January 19 – May 5, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, January 27, March 31, and April 28 from 9-2:30 pm. 
Class Number: 90561

 

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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.

Section 0001
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Mike Cormier
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: February 3 – April 28, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays March 3, March 24 and April 28 from 9:00-3:00 PM. 
Class Number: 90586 (UMF)

Section 0002 and 0003
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Mike Cormier
Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Rockland and University College at Ellsworth
Dates/Days/Times: February 3 – May 12, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, March 10, March 31 and May 12 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM.
Section/ Class Number: 90587 (Rockland)
Section/ Class Number: 90588 (Ellsworth)

 

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EDU 565: Design and Implement a Secondary Math Coaching Practice, Part I
This is the first course in a three-course series. This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of secondary mathematics coaching. Students will examine the literature related to mathematics coaching with particular attention to the different models employed by school districts and the efficacy of coaching. Participants will use this knowledge to critically examine their own teaching practice. Focus will also be given to developing a shared vision of quality instruction in secondary mathematics.

Prerequisites: Must be a member of the Secondry Maine Mathematics Coaching Project
Instructor: Mary Wermers
Format/Location: Blended/ UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 27 – May 4, 2018. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, January 27, March 10, and April 28 from 9:00 – 4:00 PM.
Class Number: 90939

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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.


Section 0001:
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Linda Laughlin
Format/Location: Blended design/UMPI
Dates/Days/Times: March 5-June 2, 2018. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays April 7 and May 19 from 9:00AM-4:00PM. Synchronized online meetings on Monday, March 19 and Wednesday, May 2 from 4:00PM-8:00PM.
Class Number: 90562



 

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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.

Prerequisites:  Baccalaureate degree and 3 credits in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment or approval from Office of Graduate Studies
Instructor: Heather Perry and Rebecca Brown
Format/Location: Blended design/Chelsea Elementary School 
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – April 7, 2018. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays January 27, March 10, March 24 from 9:00 -3:00 PM. 
Class Number: 90564

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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.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree, Accepted in MS Ed in Educational Leadership program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education
Instructor: Johanna Prince
Format/Location: Blended/ UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 11, 2018. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, February 3 and March 10 from 9:00AM – 2:30 PM; May 5 from 10:30AM – 3:00PM. 
Class Number: 90565

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EDU 587 Field-Based 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: Baccalaureate degree and EDU 586 or permission of instructor
Instructor: Christopher Strople
Format/Location: Blended/ UMF
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 11, 2018. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, February 3, March 10, and May 5 from 10:00 – 1:30 PM.
Class Number: 90566

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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.

Section 0001:
Prerequisites
: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 4, 2018
Class Number: 90568 / This section is full

 

Section 0002:
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 21 – May 4, 2018
Class Number: 91327

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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.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Ray Glass
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 8 – May 11, 2018
Class Number: 90569

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

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Laurie Lemieux
Format/Location: Blended /University College at Norway/South Paris
Dates/Days/Times: February 26 – April 30, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, March 3, April 7, and April 28 from 9:00 – 3:00 PM
Section/Class Number: 0001/90691

 

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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.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Hilary Goldthwaite Fowles
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 4, 2018. 
Class Number: 90526

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SED 526 Behavior Analysis and Scientific Assessment
This is the second course in a series of four. Building on the concepts taught in SED 525 Basic Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, the purpose of this course is to acquaint educators and related professionals with the behavior analytic practice of science within the applied context of special education. Within this context, behavior analysis offers practical empirical approaches to (a) the multi-faceted assessment of children’s instructional and behavioral needs, and (b) the evaluation of supportive interventions predicated on such assessment. Readings will be drawn from both text and primary sources, both recent and classic in the field.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree, SED 525
Instructor: Monica Smith
Format/Location: Blended/UMA
Dates/Days/Times: January 22 – May 5, 2018. Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, February 10, March 31, and May 5 from 9:00 – 4:00 PM. 
Class Number: 90571

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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 22 – April 4, 2018
Class Number: 90926

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SED 531 Curriculum and Instruction for Learners Who Are Gifted
This course emphasizes the development of curricular and instructional opportunities to address characteristics and needs of the gifted child. Topics include: complexity and abstractness; differentiation from mainstream curriculum; modification of content, process, product, and learning environments; creative and critical thinking skills; the study of major ideas, issues, problems and themes across content areas; development of understanding of self and others; promotion of self-directed learning; career education; scope and sequence; and integration with district standards.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Susan Boyce-Cormier
Format/Location: Blended/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: February 10 – April 28, 2018. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays February 10, March 24, and April 28 from 9:00 – 2:00 PM. 
Class Number: 90572

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SED 560 Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in the General K-8 Classroom
This course is designed to help general education teachers realize the connections between a theoretical understanding of the nature and needs of diverse learners (mostly those with disabilities but including those from multicultural backgrounds, those at risk for school failure and those who are gifted and talented), and the practical collaborative practices, instructional methods and classroom behavior management strategies employed by teachers to ensure these students achieve their fullest academic and social potential. Participants will have the opportunity at advanced levels to address The Maine Standards for Beginning Teachers, and CEC Standards and ITASC Principles for Special Education. It meets K-8 certifications requirements in the state of Maine. This course is specifically designed to meet MDOE’s requirement for “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom” as part of a regular classroom teaching certificate. Special Education teachers or those seeking Special Education certification should not enroll in this course. Please contact Graduate Office to register.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Format/Location: Online/ Directed Study.
Instructor: Hilary Goldthwaite Fowles


SED 561 Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in the General 7-12 Classroom
This course is designed to help general education teachers realize the connections between a theoretical understanding of the nature and needs of diverse learners (mostly those with disabilities but including those from multicultural backgrounds, those at risk for school failure and those who are gifted and talented), and the practical collaborative practices, instructional methods and classroom behavior management strategies employed by teachers to ensure these students achieve their fullest academic and social potential. Participants will have the opportunity at advanced levels to address The Maine Standards for Beginning Teachers, and CEC Standards and ITASC Principles for Special Education. It meets 7-12 certifications requirements in the state of Maine. This course is specifically designed to meet MDOE’s requirement for “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom” as part of a regular classroom teaching certificate. Special Education teachers or those seeking Special Education certification should not enroll in this course. Please contact Graduate Office to register.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Format/Location: Online/ Directed Study.
Instructor: Hilary Goldthwaite Fowles


SED 578 Special Topics in Special Education: Methods in Mindfulness
This course is designed to introduce future early childhood, special and general educators to the nature of Mindfulness in Education and the importance of teaching Mindfulness strategies to our students. The content of this course will include an overview of the brain, reactive versus responsive learners, primitive reflexes, the importance of developmental/sequential movement patterns for foundational learning, an introduction of Mindfulness in Education and the relevance of such in order for all students to meet the rigors of today’s educational benchmarks. We will explore the importance of the hierarchy of learning and the link between Mindfulness in reducing student anxiety relative to meeting academic demands. We will explore practical, research-based methods in mindfulness in order to assist teachers in reducing students generalized anxiety in education. Student teachers will learn how to become mindful instructors, recognize anxious leaners and develop useful strategies for maximum and optimal learning in their students and set up classroom(s) to emphasize a calming learning environment.


Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Kellie Bailey
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: February 03 – May 13, 2018.
Class Number: 90970

 

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