Summer 2020 Open Enrollment:

March 9, 2020 – Open enrollment for all graduate students

Courses with Face-to-face meetings scheduled will be moved to an online supported approach

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

M.S.Ed in Special Education

Administration

English Language Learning

Gifted and Talented Education

Math Intervention Specialist

Math Coaching

Special Education

Systems of Student Support


ECH 500 Early Childhood Education in Today’s World

Participants in this course will investigate the current field of inclusive early childhood care and education from the perspectives of leadership, advocacy, policy and research. This course serves as a foundation for the M.S. Ed. Program, as students develop goals for their professional growth. Using a socio-ecological model, the contexts of the environments that surround childhood in the 21st century will be identified and explored. Students will explore current issues in early childhood by reading and understanding research on a selected topic in early childhood. 

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Donna Karno
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: May 11 – June 14, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, May 16 and June 13 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Online synchronized class meeting on Thursday May 28 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Class Number: 22561

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ECH 502 Diverse Programming in Early Learning Environments

This course develops a transformative approach for incorporating diversity and multiculturalism into the classroom with an emphasis on curriculum-building. Students will examine patterns of increasing diversity and how diversity impacts the classroom. The course presents diversity as a caregiving and teaching strategy for the children and their families. Students will emerge with a deeper understanding of multiculturalism and its meaningful inclusion into their lesson plans. This course may fulfill a course towards attainment of 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: Virginia Dearani
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: June 28 – August 1, 2020.
Synchronized online class meetings on Wednesdays July 15 and July 29 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Class Number: 22562

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ECH 535 Play and the Social World of the Child

In this course, students examine how children form and maintain relationships with others, including the family, peers, early childhood educators, and the community. Issues involving support systems for inclusive education settings will be investigated. The implications of these relationships for children’s development are investigated, as is the critical role of play in promoting positive connections with individuals and groups in the child’s world. 

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Patty Williams
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 15 – July 20, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays June 27 and July 18 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Synchronized online class meetings on Thursday June 18, Monday July 6, and Thursday July 16 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Class Number: 22563

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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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Kathryn Will-Dubyak
Format/Location: Blended / Lewiston
Dates/Days/Times: June 29 – July 20, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on July 13, 14, and 15th from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Class Number: 23159

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EDU 528 Leading the RTI Process in Mathematics

In this fourth course of the Certificate in Math Intervention Specialist, participants will apply what they have learned from the previous courses. They will work in their own school or school district to move mathematics RTI planning and the implementation process to the next step. Participants will analyze research on effective math 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 develop, implement, successfully maintain and update an effective research based RTI plan.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Patty Raitto
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 24 – July 31, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Wednesday June 24, Tuesday July 7, and Tuesday July 21 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Class Number: 23108

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EDU 550 School Law for Administrators

This course is a survey of the legal bases of public education in the United States and of contemporary legal issues and cases affecting the practice of school administration. Although the primary objective is to acquaint the student with the legal principles governing public education in the nation and the State of Maine, special attention will be given to those topics of school law that are, or should be, of immediate concern to the practicing school administrator. These topics include: state laws affecting the administrator, student rights, teacher rights, teacher dismissal, collective bargaining, compulsory education, curriculum, tort liability, student records, employment discrimination, and special education. The student also will be afforded the opportunity to pursue and discuss topics and issues in school law, which are of particular interest or personal concern.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Mike Cormier
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 6 – August 13, 2020
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday June 20 and Thursdays July 16 and August 13 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Class Number: 22564

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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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Sally Beaulieu
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 13 – August 13, 2020
Face-to-face class meetings on Wednesday June 24 from 9:00AM – 12:00PM, and Tuesdays July 14 and August 11from 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Class Number: 23110

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EDU 579 Implementing Systems of Student Support

Schools are often working towards starting new programs to support students in need of varied supports or identify new ways to address problems. Yet a systemic, effective approach for ensuring broad implementation is rarely considered. This course is designed to provide preK-12 educational leaders, administrators, team leaders, and other educators and service providers with a strong, practical foundation in effective approaches and practices for implementing and scaling-up a variety of systems of student support including academic, learning, social emotional, behavioral, mental health, and community supports. A focus is on the application of Implementation Science to a range of systems and interventions designed to support district-wide, school-wide, classroom, and individualized interventions in schools. Leadership, resource allocation, and program evaluation in the context of student support systems will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Completion of EDU 506 or EDU 519 or Permission of instructor.
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 22 – July 31, 2020
Face-to-face class meetings on Tuesdays, June 30, July 14, and July 28 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 22567

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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: (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: Karen Smith
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 22 – July 31, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Tuesdays, June 30, July 14, and July 28 from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.
Class Number: 22571

SECTION 0002:
Instructor: Brianna Parsons
Format/Location: Blended / RSU 16 – Poland
Dates/Days/Times: June 22 – July 31, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Wednesdays, July 1, July 8, an dJuly 22 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 22746

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EDU 583 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners

This course focuses on current research and best practice in the area of curriculum development, instructional design, and assessment techniques. Participants will learn about a range of planning models that will inspire the creativity and innovation necessary to provide rich and powerful learning experiences and environments for every student. This course motivates participants to support colleagues in engaging students authentically in their own learning. An integral part of this course will be the development of a critical stance related to current practices in the design of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership program or permission of instructor
Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 27 – August 7, 2020
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday June 27 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Wednesdays July 8 and July 22 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 22936

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EDU 585 Cultivating Ethical Leadership

This course is designed to cultivate ethical leaders at the classroom, school, and district level who are prepared to influence system transformation. Using student-generated and case study scenarios participants will engage in reflective practice to develop their ethical leadership capacity. Participants will collect data; reflect on the role of local context; and the importance of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders to advocate for student learning.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 584 or permission of instructor
SECTION 0001:
Instructor: Patrick Flynn
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 23 – July 31, 2020
Face-to-face class meetings are to be determined

Class Number: 23145

SECTION 0002:
Instructor: TBD
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: TBD
Class Number: TBD

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EDU 594 Designing a K – 8 Math Coaching Practice

This is the first course in a three-course series. This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of elementary (K – 8) 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. Focus will also be given to developing a shared vision of quality instruction in elementary school mathematics.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted into the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project for K-8.

Instructor: Debbie Witham
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: June 1 – July 28, 2020
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday June 13 and Tuesdays June 30 and July 21 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 22572

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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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Danielle Williams
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: May 11 – June 26, 2020
Class Number: 22573

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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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Heidi O’Leary
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: June 7 – August 19, 2020.
Class Number: 22574

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SED 511 Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities

This course, for practicing teachers, focuses on methods and strategies for introducing mathematical concepts to children and youth with disabilities, preschool through high school. Issues of concern, major curriculum thrusts, such as the Common Core State Standards, Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines, promising practices, methods to differentiate instruction, linking instruction and assessment, accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology are addressed in this course. Approaches for children of different age levels from preschool through secondary are included. Students will select course projects appropriate for the setting or grade level in which they work.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Kathryn Desjardins
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: June 8 – July 20, 2020.
Class Number: 22575

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SED 514 Literacy and 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
Days/Dates/Times: July 6 – August 14, 2020
Class Number: 22576

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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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Ilana Lesser
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: June 1 – June 27, 2020.
Class Number: 22577

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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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: June 22 – July 31, 2020
Class Number: 22578

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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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: July 6 – August 17, 2020
Class Number: 22579

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SED 521 Introduction to Dyslexia 

This course focuses on teaching beginning reading, spelling, and handwriting to children exhibiting traits of dyslexia using a structured literacy approach. This approach requires an explicit, direct, multisensory structured, phonetic approach to teaching basic language skills. The NICHD/IDA definition of dyslexia, which includes the neuroscience of reading, will be presented and discussed. Lecture and semester topics include: understanding the speech-sound system of language, common orthographic rules and patterns, syllable types and syllabication. The course includes current research that supports this approach for children exhibiting the traits of dyslexia. Dyslexia screening tools, accommodations, modifications, and teaching strategies, necessary to support a student with dyslexia in the regular education classroom will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Lisa Whitis
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: June 22 – July 24, 2020
Class Number: 23111

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SED 530 Identifying and Educating Learners who are Gifted

This course introduces the participant to the 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 or emotional issues; necessary components of a gifted program; curriculum differentiation in the regular classroom; and acceleration vs. enrichment.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Linda Andrews
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Days/Dates/Times: June 23 – August 11, 2020.
Face-to-face class meetings on Tuesdays, June 30, July 14, and August 4 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 22580

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SED 571 Software and Mobile Technologies for Individuals with Disabilities

Traditionally, students with disabilities have been expected to stand out—and not necessarily in a way that is conducive to their education. Students will learn about software and mobile technologies that all students (especially students with disabilities) can access and use in order to enjoy a customized, comfortable learning experience and life experience.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Kevin Good
Format/Location: Online
Days/Dates/Times: June 15 – August 21, 2020
Class Number: 23107

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