SPARC Course Selection Guidelines For Students Seeking 282 Certification

The SPARC program is designed to be high quality and flexible to assist you in meeting your professional goals. The following document was developed to provide you with guidance in selecting the courses you need if you are seeking your 282 certification in Maine.

If you are planning to complete all of your 24 credits through the SPARC program, we suggest that you start by completing the following three courses because they are essential building blocks in the field of special education. The initial course you select will depend on the semester that you enter the program.

  • SED 504 Collaborative Partnerships Among Individuals With Disabilities, Families and Professionals
  • SED 508 Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities OR SED 529 Individualized Positive Behavior Support
  • SED 507 Curriculum and Instructional Programming for Students with Disabilities

At some point in your program (preferably after completing at least one of the above courses), we recommend that you take SED 506 Assessment in Special Education and SED 518 Special Education Law due to the important role assessment and law play in the field of special education.

Your remaining credits will vary based on your professional goals.

Additional Course Offerings

  • SED 503 Preparing Students for the Future: Transition Programming, Self-determination and Advocacy
  • SED 505 Universal Design
  • SED 506 Assessment in Special Education
  • SED 511 Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • SED 513 Early Childhood Speech and Language: Development, Disorders, and Interventions
  • SED 514 Literacy Development for All Students
  • SED 515 Early Intervention: Working with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families
  • SED 517 Professional Ethics, Cultural Competence, and Evidence-based Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
  • SED 518 Special Education Law
  • SED 519 Assistive Technology

If you would like additional support in selecting courses, please contact the Graduate Office at 207-778-7186 or

* SPARC courses may be taken to fulfill master’s degree concentration requirements, re-certification, professional development and personal goals.