Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

Administration

Dyslexia

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 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: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF MS Ed in Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor

Instructor: Patty Williams
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
May 15 – June 16, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Monday, May 15 and Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and one synchronous online class on Wednesday, May 31 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Class Number:  43209

MS Ed STUDENTS ONLY – ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN
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ECH 506 Language and Literacy in the Early Years
This course will concentrate on the development of literacy concepts in young children ages B-8 in informal and formal settings. Using a constructivist theoretical approach, the course will embed and integrate early literacy development across curriculum areas and throughout the daily environments of young children. Current research and national and state literacy standards on early literacy will be linked to philosophy and practice. This course fulfills 3 of the 6 credit requirements towards the language, literacy, and literature content area for the Maine state Birth-5 081 teaching certificate.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF MS Ed in Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor

Instructor: Cara Furman
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 10 – July 15, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, June 17 and July 8 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and one synchronous online class on Monday, June 26 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.
Class Number:
43500

 

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ECH 534 Advanced Program Administration and Leadership
Participants in this course will investigate the current field of early childhood care and education from the perspectives of leadership, advocacy, policy, and research within inclusive settings. Students will compare and contrast leadership models and styles, while delineating the differing roles and ethical responsibilities of leaders and managers. Building on their professional experiences in the field and previous coursework in program administration, this course will help students examine major components of administration including supervision and professional development of staff, relationships with families and the community, advocacy for the program and the field, professional accreditation, and applying research findings in the field.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF MS Ed in Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor

Instructor: Beth Hatcher
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 29 – July 31, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday, July 22 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and three synchronous online classes on Thursdays, July 6, 13 and 27 from 7 – 8:30 PM.
Class Number:
43351

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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 design/RSU 59 Madison
Dates/Days/Times:
June 20 – July 29, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Thursdays, June 29, July 13 and July 27 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number
: 43638

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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.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree

Instructors: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 26 – August 3, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Mondays, June 26, July 10 and July 31 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number
: 43813

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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 which are, or should be, of immediate concern to the practicing school administrator.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Mike Cormier

Section 0001
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 2 – August 5, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Thursdays, June 29, July 13 and August 3 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Section/Class Number:
0001/43054

 

 

Section 0002 and 0003
Format/Location:
Blended design/University College at Rockland
Dates/Days/Times:
June 2 – August 4, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Fridays, June 30, July 14 and August 4 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Section/Class Number:
0002/43664

Format/Location: Blended design/University College at Ellsworth
Dates/Days/Times:
June 2 – August 4, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Fridays, June 30, July 14 and August 4 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Section/Class Number:
0003/43056

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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.

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree

Instructors: Mary Callan and Sally Beaulieu
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 22 – August 3, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Tuesday, June 27 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Thursdays, July 13 & August 3 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class Number: 43080

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EDU 568 Communication Tools for Teaching and Learning in Proficiency-Based Education
The goal of this course is to develop student-centered learning through technology integration and proficiency-based approaches. Themes include: using technology effectively in the classroom to promote 21st century skills; identifying ways students and teachers can use technology to enhance learning through research, communication, collaboration, and productivity strategies and tools; providing hands-on learning and the creation of curricular units and assessments, which address state and national academic and technology standards; facilitating student-centered classrooms that encourage student self-direction and higher-order thinking.

Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with word processing, files management, data backup strategies and sending and opening email with attachments

Instructor: Sarah Irish
Format: Online
Dates:
June 12 – July 22, 2017
Class Number:
43753

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN
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Open only to National MCL Summit Attendees
EDU 576 Seminar In Proficiency Based Education
This course is designed for students to identify, with faculty support, an applied research project in proficiency-based education. Students will be expected to conduct literature reviews, explore theoretical frameworks, locate resources, and design strategies for implementing proficiency-based education. Seminar meetings will be responsive to students’ needs and allow for discussion, reflection, peer feedback, and support during project implementation.

Note: The course is designed and built around the experiences students will have as participants of the National MCL Summit. For more information about the National MCL Summit use this link: http://mainecustomizedlearning.org/mclsummit2017/.

Instructor: Linda Laughlin
Format/Location:
Blended/Portland
Dates/Days/Times: June 1 – October 30, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Sunday, July 16 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, July 17 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Tuesday, July 18 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. One synchronous online class  on Tuesday, June 6 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.
Class Number: 43798

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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: Accepted in MS Ed in Educational Leadership program or permission of instructor

Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times: 
June 19 – July 31, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Wednesday, June 28 from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, and July 12 and 26  from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Class Number:
43064

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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: EDU 584 or permission of instructor

Instructor: Sandra MacArthur
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 9 – July 31, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturday, June 24, and Wednesdays, July 12 and 26 from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Section/Class Number:
0001/43060

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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: Baccalaureate degree and must be a member of the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project (MMCP)

Instructor: Debra Witham
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 19 – August 7, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Mondays, June 26 and July 17 and Thursday, August 3 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number:
43399

MMCP STUDENTS ONLY – ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN
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SED 504 Collaborative Partnerships Among Individuals With Disabilities, Families and Professionals (Registration is now closed)
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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Laurie Lemieux
Format: Online
Dates:
June 1 – July 20, 2017
Class Number:
43536

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED


 

SED 511 Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities (Registration is now closed)
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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Kathyrn Desjardins
Format: Online
Dates:
June 12 – July 22, 2017.
Class Number:
43635

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED


 

SED 513 Early Childhood Speech and Language: Development, Disorders and Interventions (Registration is now closed)
This course is designed to introduce future early childhood special and general educators to the development of speech and language in young children. Content includes an overview of the ages and phases of typical speech and language development and the link between speech, language and literacy. We will explore disorders and delays in speech and language and learn about research-based techniques for assessment, identification and intervention.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Kellie Bailey
Format: Online
Dates:
June 19 – July 31, 2017
Class Number:
43112

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED


 

SED 514 Literacy Development for All Students (Registration is now closed)
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-K 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:
June 26 – August 4, 2017
Class Number:
43062

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED


 

SED 518 Special Education Law (Registration is now closed – See Courses – Fall 2017 for another course offering)
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: Brian Cavanaugh
Format: Online
Dates:
June 12 – August 5, 2017
Section/Class Number:
0002/43387

ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED


 

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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Lisa Whitis
Format/Location: Blended design/University of Maine at Augusta in Jewett Hall Room 291
Dates/Days/Times:
June 27 – August 2, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and 25 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class Number: 
43665

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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.

Instructor: Leigh Ann Fish
Format/Location: Blended design/Norway/South Paris University College Center
Dates/Days/Times: 
July 1 – August 4, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Thursdays, July 6, July 20 and August 3 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number:
43529

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SED 533 Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Gifted Programs & 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/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.

Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree

Instructor: Leigh Ann Fish
Format/Location: Blended design/UMF
Dates/Days/Times:
June 26 – July 30, 2017. Face-to-face class meetings on Thursdays, June 29, July 13 and July 27 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Class Number:
43063

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN
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