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M.A. in Counseling Psychology

M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education

M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership (Core)

M.S.Ed in Special Education (Core)

M.S.Ed in Mathematics Education

Administration

English Language Learning

Gifted and Talented Education

Math Intervention Specialist

Special Education Administration 

Systems of Student Support

Special Education and SPARC


Course Descriptions

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.) Accepted in MS Ed in Early Childhood program, or permission of program Director
Instructor: Patty Williams
Format/Location: UMF Blended
Dates/Days/Times: May 10 – June 13, 2021
Face-to-face class on Saturday May 15th from 9:00am-3:00pm. Online synchronous class meetings on May 26th and June 9th from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Class Number: 82556


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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Early Childhood program, or permission of program Director
Instructor: Kathryn Will
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: May 31 – July 4, 2021.
Synchronous online meetings June 5th and 19th from 8:00am-10:00am.
Class Number: 82557

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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Early Childhood program, or permission of program Director
Instructor: Deborah Chase
Format/Location: UMF Blended
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – July 25, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings June 30th and July 14th from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Face-to-face class meeting on July 24th from 9:00am-3:00pm
Class Number: 82678


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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Clara Jean Howard
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 24 – August 19, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings on Thursdays July 8th, July 22nd, and August 12th from 9:00am – 12:30pm
Class Number: 82766


EDU 527 Using Data for Teaching/Learning in Support of All Students in Mathematics

Participants will examine data collection as a catalyst for systematic and continuous improvement in mathematical instruction and student learning. Data analysis will be used to set goals for each student, monitor student progress, and to design appropriate instructional strategies to address students’ learning needs. Through case studies, participants will critically examine and develop action plans for students. Data will be used to initiate conversations regarding access and equity to high quality instruction for all students.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Victoria Cohen
Format/Location: Online with Synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 17 – August 17, 2021.
Online synchronous sessions every Tuesday from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
Class Number: 82679


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: Paul Knowles
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: May 15 – July 16, 2021.
Online Synchronous class meetings Saturday, May 15th, June 12th, and July 10th from 8:30AM – 2:30PM.
Class Number: 82680


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: Mary Callan and Sally Beaulieu
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 13, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings on June 23rd from 9:00am – 12:00pm, July 21st and August 11th from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Class Number: 82681


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

(Section 001)
Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 28 – August 6, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings on Tuesdays, June 29th, July 13th, and July 27th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Class Number: 82685

(Section 002)
Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 28 – August 6, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings on Tuesday, June 29th, and Wednesdays July 14th, and July 28th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Class Number: 82686


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: Monique Poulin
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – July 30, 2021.
Online Synchronous class meetings June 24th, July 8th, and July 22nd from 9:00am-12:00pm
Class Number: 62687

Section 0002
Instructor: Cathy Jacobs
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings. RSU 16 Cohort.
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 20, 2021.
Synchronous online class meetings on June 21st, July 6th, July 26, and August 16th from 9:00am-11:00am
Class Number: 82760


SED 504 Collaborative Partnerships Among Individuals with Disabilities, Families, and Professionals

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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Laurie Lemieux
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 20, 2021
Class Number: 82774


SED 505 Universal Design

This course introduces students to the concept of universal design for learning (UDL) and instructional technologies that provide educators with effective ways to create flexible methods, materials, and assessments to reach diverse learners. A focus will be on how to support students with a range of abilities to access the general education curriculum across content areas.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Hillary Gold-Thwaitfowles
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: May 17 – July 2, 2021
Class Number: 82688


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
Dates/Days/Times: May 10 – June 25, 2021
Class Number: 82689


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 or Special Education program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education

Instructor: Brianna Parsons
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – July 30, 2021
Online synchronous class sessions June 26th, July 10th, and July 24th from 9:00am- 12:00pm.
Class Number: 82768


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
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 20, 2021
Class Number: 82690


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
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 2, 2021
Class Number: 82691


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
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – July 30, 2021
Class Number: 82692


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 Gold-Thwaitfowles
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: July 5 – August 20, 2021
Class Number: 82694


SED 533 Teaching Critical and Creative Thinking in Gifted Programs and 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 or 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.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Linda Andrews
Format/Location: Online with synchronous online classes
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 20, 2021
Online synchronous class meetings on Tuesdays June 29th, July 20th, and August 10th from 9:00am-10:30am
Class Number: 82776


SED 598 Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform

This course will explore how educators (teachers and administrators) can establish an inclusive vision and advocate to create a school or systemwide plan for equitable and excellent learning for all students. We will examine historical, legal, practical and theoretical perspectives on the culture and systems of special education and inclusive schooling. Students will study the research, issues, and outcomes from school leaders and educational researchers committed to advancing equity, social justice, and inclusive school reform. By the end of the course, students will have a deep historical, theoretical, and ethical understanding of inclusive school reform, as well as experience with practical tools, analysis, and applications to seek, create, and sustain equitable schools, especially for marginalized students.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Graduate Certificate in Special Education Administration, or Master’s in Special Education, or Permission of Instructor
Instructor: Kate MacLeod
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August 20, 2021
Online synchronous class meetings meetings on Wednesdays June 23rd, July 7th, July 21st, August 4th, and August 18th from 9:30am- 11:30am.
Class Number: 82695


EMA 502 Data Analysis, Statistics, & Probability PK-12

The course is designed for M.S.Ed students seeking an emphasis in mathematics education. It prepares students for attaining expertise and demonstrating leadership regarding how children develop data analysis, probability, and statistics concepts and the corresponding instructional and assessment practices that facilitate this development. Topics studied will include the exploration of randomness, data representation, modeling. Descriptive statistics will include measures of central tendency, dispersion, distributions, and regression. The analysis of experiments requiring hypothesizing, experimental design and data gathering will also be discussed. Students will participate in small-group and individual activities which may include, but are not limited to: electronic discussions, research papers, problem sets, and exams to demonstrate their understanding of course content.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master’s of Mathematics Education Program
Instructor: Brian Twitchell
Format/Location: Blended
Dates/Days/Times: June 21 – August, 20 2021
Face to face class meetings on June 26th, July 17th, and August 7th from 9:00am- 3:00pm.
Class Number: 82769


PSY 555 Practicum and Seminar

F. A course of clinical instruction that provides practical experience in counseling for the purpose of developing individual and group counseling skills. These field experiences will allow students to perform, on a limited basis, some of the counseling activities that a regularly employed licensed clinical professional counselor would be expected to perform. Students will complete a total of 100 hours of supervised clinical counseling practicum experiences, with a minimum of 40 clock hours dedicated to direct service with clients that contributes to the development of counseling skills.

Prerequisites: PSY 505, PSY 510, PSY 515, PSY 530, PSY 540, PSY 545, PSY 550
Instructor: Lisa Henry
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: June 7 – August, 16 2021
Online synchronous class meetings for 1.5 hours each week, dates/time TBD.
Class Number: 82775


ECH 504 Early Childhood Policy and Research 
Participants in this course will investigate the current field of early childhood care and education from the perspectives of leadership, advocacy, policy and research. An analysis of the influence and impact of national, state and local politics on early childhood policy will include an examination of involved stakeholders, both external and internal to government entities. Students will explore current issues in early childhood policy and research by reading and understanding research on selected current topics in early childhood. Students may opt to complete a mini-internship in a policy research institute or project. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in MS Ed in Early Childhood program, or permission of program Director
Instructor: Donna Karno
Format/Location: UMF-Blended
Dates/Days/Times: August 30 – December 10, 2021.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays September 25 and November 13 from 9:00AM-3:00PM and online synchronous meetings on Thursdays September 2, October 14, and December 9 from 7:00PM-9:00PM.
Class Number: 11583


ECH 533 Advanced Foundations of Child Development 
This course is an examination of the historical, philosophical, and theoretical basis of inclusive early childhood education today. The class traces the history and philosophy of education in early childhood and how they impact education practice. Social, economic and political forces will be analyzed within the context of shaping early childhood education. The course examines children’s behavior and learning within education contexts, with particular emphasis on inclusive environments. This course will 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: Patty Williams
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: August 30 – December 10, 2021.
Online synchronous meetings on Wednesdays, September 8, September 29, October 20, November 17 and December 1 from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Class Number: 11647


EDU 511 Evidence and Inquiry Based Strategies for Working with ELLs 
This course is designed to engage teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in a practice of critical and reflective inquiry. Course participants will develop an understanding of what constitutes informed, creative and meaningful research inquiries. Finally, students will examine how current second language acquisition and bilingual education research frames effective inclusive instructional practice.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Kathryn Will
Format/Location: Hybrid – Lewiston
Dates/Days/Times:September 7 – December 17, 2021. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, 9/25, 10/23, 11/13 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Class Number: 11894


EDU 519 Risk and Resilience in Educational Settings
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 term 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.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location: Online with synchronous meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings on Saturdays September 18, October 30, and December 11 from 9:00AM – 2:00PM.
Class Number: 11648


EDU 524 Advanced Math Methods
This course is designed for elementary teachers who wish to increase both their math content knowledge and the methods they use to teach math content. Participants will increase their content knowledge in the mathematics they teach; understanding of how children learn mathematics; their understanding of themselves as mathematicians; their confidence as math teachers; familiarity with the variety of math resources and materials available; their knowledge of the national math standards as well as the current research on math education; and their ability to create a constructivist mathematics curriculum. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: TBA
Format/Location: UMF- Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Face-to-face class meetings on September 25, October 30, and December 4 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Class Number: 11684


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: Hybrid – UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 -December 17, 2021. Face-to-face class meetings on September 18 and November 6 8:30AM – 3:00 PM. Online synchronous class meetings on October 16 and December 11 from 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Class Number: 11827


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. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 530
Instructor: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings on Saturdays September 11, October 23 and December 4 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.
Class Number: 11649


EDU 561 Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education
This course includes methodological, curricular and professional issues in mathematics education, grades 6-12. Focus includes the following topics: Teaching and preparing for proficiency based education, response to Intervention structures and pedagogies; high school and middle school math content; use of materials; problem solving; use of technology; State Standards; professional development and leadership. Particular attention is given to the use of instructional technology, and the application of how-we-learn brain research in the mathematics classroom. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree and teaching position.) 
Instructor: TBA
Format/Location: TBA
Dates/Days/Times: TBA
Class Number: TBA


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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Jonathan Moody
Format/Location: Hybrid
Dates/Days/Times: TBASeptember 7 – December 17, 2021. Face-to-face class meetings on October 9 and December 4 from 8:30AM-2:30PM. Online synchronous class meetings 9/27, 10/25, 11/15 from 7:30PM-9:00PM.
Class Number: 11805


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: Paul Knowles
Format/Location: Online with synchronous meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Online synchronous class meetings on September 11, October 9, and  November 6 from 8:30AM – 2:30PM.
Class Number: 11660


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 one of UMF’s MS Ed programs, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education
Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online with Synchronous Meetings TBD
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Online synchronous class meetings on dates TBD
Class Number: 11815


EDU  584 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide teacher leaders with opportunities to develop a deeper level of understanding of data analysis focused on student learning, representation, and communication to intended audiences. Participants in this course will investigate data-informed leadership processes through 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 maximizes efforts to meet students’ needs. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Accepted in M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership program or permission of instructor
Section 1
Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17.
Class meetings on September 11, October 16, December 4 from 9AM-3PM
Class Number: 11651
Section 2
Instructor: Meredith Swallow
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17.
Class meetings on September 11, October 23, December 11  from 9AM-3PM
Class Number: 11652


EDU 586 Applied Educational Research I
This course builds on foundational theories and practices investigated in Research Methods. Students will design a research study related to the field of education and document the proposed methods for that study. Students will better understand various ethical concerns when conducting research with people. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) EDU 584 or permission of instructor
Instructor: Paul Knowles
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Online synchronous class meetings on September 25, October 30, and December 4 from 8:30AM – 2:30PM.
Class Number: 11694


EDU 554 Internship in School Leadership
This course will be designed to allow students to demonstrate competency with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Students will complete the 320 hour internship as required by the Department of Education for building leaders; and will be designed in collaboration with the student, the internship mentor, and the instructor of EDU 554. The field experience will be combined with an applied research project in school leadership; and is designed to encourage the application of formal coursework to the leadership issues faced by school leaders. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Completion of 12 credits from the following courses: EDU 550, EDU 551, EDU 552, EDU 553, SED 518 
Section 1:
Instructor: Paul Knowles
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: August 21, 2021 – April 30, 2022. Online synchronous class meetings on September 18, October 23, November 20, January 29, March 5, and April 30 from 8:30AM – 2:030PM.
Class Number: 11660
Section 2:
Instructor: Michael Cormier
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: August 21, 2021 – April 30, 2022. Online synchronous class meetings on September 18, October 23, November 20, January 29, March 5, and April 30 from 8:30AM – 2:030PM.
Class Number: 11661


EMA 500 Number, Operations, Algebra, & Functions PK-12
This course is designed for students seeking an emphasis in mathematics education. It prepares students for attaining expertise and demonstrating leadership regarding how children develop number, operations, algebra, and functions concepts and the corresponding instructional and assessment practices that facilitate this development. Students will learn about: numbers and number systems; the four operations; patterns, functions, and change; and how to model mathematical situations. Students will participate in small-group and individual activities which may include, but are not limited to: electronic discussions, research papers, problem sets, and exams to demonstrate their understanding of course content.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Shannon Larsen
Format/Location: UMF- Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Face-to-face class meetings on September 11, October 16, and November 20 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.


SED 503 Preparing Students for the Future: Transition Programming, Self-determination and Advocacy 
This course prepares future special education teachers at the middle and secondary level to meet the transition requirements of IDEA by exploring issues and strategies for preparing adolescents and young adults with disabilities for the transition from school to adult life. We will explore these issues and strategies within the context of ecological models of human development. Students will: understand 47 federal and state mandates for transition planning and historical perspectives of transition, explore and describe the five areas of transition, implement effective strategies for dealing with diversity and gender equity issues, implement key transition assessments and curricula, develop student-centered transition plans, and demonstrate an awareness of how community agencies can collaborate to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Heidi O’Leary
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Class Number: 11653


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: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Class Number: 11654


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: Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 -October 31, 2021.
Class Number: 11705


SED 508 Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities 
Students will explore basic principles of classroom and behavior management from prevention of problems through the development of a variety of positive responses to chronic misbehavior in special education and regular classroom settings. Students will develop and conduct a number of classroom application projects designed to improve the behavior of individuals and groups of students. Students will also review current research on effective classroom and behavior management. 
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Clarissa Fish
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021
Class Number: 11659


SED 514 Literacy 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: Heidi O’Leary
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – November 23, 2021.
Class Number: 11655


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: Laurie Lemieux
Format/Location: UMF Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays October 23 and December 4 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Class Number: 11693


SED 522 Internship in Special Education 
This course is designed for those seeking State certification as a special education teacher. Interns participate in a variety of supervised experiences in a school while working with children with disabilities. Working with a special educator, students with disabilities, and other school personnel, interns expand and refine their knowledge and skills and increase their responsibilities over time. Students participate in a seminar during their internship experience. Students completing SED 522 with a grade of B- or better fulfill State student teaching requirements.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Passing scores on Praxis Core, Enrollment in M.S.Ed in Special education or satisfactory completion (B- or better) of at least two of the following: SED 506, SED 507, SED 508, SED 529
Instructor: TBA
Format/Location: TBA
Dates/Days/Times: TBA
Class Number: TBA


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: Hybrid – UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, September 18, October 9, and November 20 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Class Number: 11709


SED 598 Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform
This course will explore how educators (teachers and administrators) can establish an inclusive vision and advocate to create a school or systemwide plan for equitable and excellent learning for all students. We will examine historical, legal, practical and theoretical perspectives on the culture and systems of special education and inclusive schooling. Students will study the research, issues, and outcomes from school leaders and educational researchers committed to advancing equity, social justice, and inclusive school reform. By the end of the course, students will have a deep historical, theoretical, and ethical understanding of inclusive school reform, as well as experience with practical tools, analysis, and applications to seek, create, and sustain equitable schools, especially for marginalized students.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Graduate Certificate in Special Education Administration, or Master’s in Special Education, or Permission of Instructor
Instructor: TBA
Format/Location: Online with Synchronous Class Meetings TBD
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Class meetings TBD
Class Number: 11804


SED 551 Advanced Intervention Methods
This course focuses on identifying, selecting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based inclusive practices within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework. In particular, candidates will explore in-depth the data-based individualization process, including the design and implementation of intensive, individualized, research-based interventions. As a requirement of the course, candidates will engage in field-based activities that provide real-world opportunities for translating theory and research into practice and applying several High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) in Special Education.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in Master’s in Special Education, or Permission of Instructor  
Instructor: Karen Smith
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Class meetings on Monday evenings September 13, October 4, October 25, November 15, December 6, and December 13 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Class Number: 11656


SED 586 Special Education Research
Practical application of educational research methods to school reform initiatives and academic and behavioral intervention methods. The focus is on creating a research design for systematic inquiry of a schoolwide or classroom-specific issue. Includes data analysis, research report writing, and professional presentation skills.
Prerequisites: Accepted in MSEd. in Special Education program, or permission of Director of Graduate Programs in Education 
Instructor: Brianna Grumstrup
Format/Location: Hybrid – UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021. Class meetings TBD
Class Number: 11814


PSY 500 Creative Arts in Counseling
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Bodhi Simpson
Format/Location: Online with synchronous class meetings
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17, 2021.
Online synchronous class meetings Wednesdays 6:00PM-7:00PM.
Class Number: 11688


PSY 505 Professional Orientation & Ethics in Counseling
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Lisa Henry
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s1-2:30pm
Class Number: 11685


PSY 510 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories & Skills 1
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Natasha Lekes
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s 10am-12pm
Class Number: 11686


PSY 515 Social & Cultural Foundations
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Eric McCurdy
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s 3-4:30pm
Class Number: 11687


PSY 520 Research Methods
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Jennifer Blossom
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s 9-9:45am
Class Number: 11689


PSY 560 Measurement & Assessment
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Eric McCurdy
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s 10:45am-12:15pm
Class Number: TBA


PSY 565 Addictive Disorders
This course prepares students for work with clients who present with substance use and other addictive disorders. Assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and interventions throughout the stages of misuse, abuse, dependency, and recovery will be addressed. Students will also explore and develop skills in motivational interviewing, harm reduction and a variety of other treatment modalities.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Chad White
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s 1:30-3:00pm
Class Number: TBA


PSY 570 Special Topics in Creative Arts 2
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.

Section 1:
Instructor: Bodhi Simpson
Format/Location: TBA
Dates/Days/Times: TBA
Class Number: TBA
Section 2:
Instructor: Kate Beever
Format/Location: TBA
Dates/Days/Times: TBA
Class Number: TBA


PSY 575 Internship
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) Enrollment in Master of Art in Counseling Psychology program.
Instructor: Lisa Henry
Format/Location: UMF – Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 8 – December 17.
Face-to-Face meetings Friday’s 9-10:30am
Class Number: TBA


SED 590
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: TBA
Format/Location: TBA
Dates/Days/Times: TBA
Class Number: TBA


EMA 500
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.) 
Instructor: Dan Jackson
Format/Location: UMF- Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 7 – December 17, 2021.
Face-to-face class meetings on September 25, October 30, and December 4 from 9:00AM-3:00PM.

Class Number: 11657


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