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University of Maine at Farmington
Theo Kalikow Education Center
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Farmington, Maine 04938
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Fall 2022 Courses

Early Childhood

Educational Leadership

English Language Learning

Mathematics Education, Intervention and Coaching

Special Education Masters degree, Graduate Certificate & SPARC

Gifted and Talented Graduate Certificate

Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology


Course Descriptions

ECH 538 Collaborations with Families and Communities
The course presents strategies for educators to develop supportive family and community relationships.
The multiple roles played by early educators are examined as they design and implement collaborative
relationships with families and communities for the purpose of mutual support within inclusive settings.
The course critically analyzes theoretical paradigms and current research, with a particular focus on the
ecological system from the most immediate environments inhabited by the child to the most distant (i.e.
federal agencies, belief systems). 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.)
Instructor: Leigh Ann Fish
Format/Location: UMF/Blended
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th. Meeting November 5th 12:30-3:00
Class Number: 70155


ECH 540 Research Methods in Early Childhood
In this course, students examine research methodologies used in inclusive early childhood settings.
Students will investigate and interpret the methods used in existing empirical literature, and will
investigate and practice various qualitative and quantitative techniques. The use of ethics in conducting
research on young children, their families, and their learning environments is emphasized.
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: Online with in person and synchronous class meetings.
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th-December 9th
In person meetings September 10th, October 1st, November 5th 9-11:30. Online synchronous meetings September 22nd, October 20th, December 1st. 7-9PM .

Class Number: 70006


EDU 506 Poverty and Education
The influence of income on the well-being of children, youth, and families is pervasive and persists
throughout the lifespan and across generations. An extensive and interdisciplinary literature has
documented the widespread influence of family income on children’s cognitive, socioemotional, and
physical development, as well as later vocational and educational success. In this course, we will come
to understand how poverty impacts education through a systems approach. We will study theoretical
perspectives from economics, sociology, psychology, and education for understanding how poverty
affects children’s well-being as well as the multiple contexts in which children grow. We will also look at
resilience and ways that children can avoid the negative outcomes of living in poverty. This course will
pay special attention to rural poverty and how it differs from urban poverty. Application of theory and
research to practice will be emphasized throughout this course.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Elyse Pratt-Ronco
Format/Location: Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times: Online September 6th- December 9th Online synchronous meetings 9/17, 10/15 and 12/3 9:00AM- 2:00PM
Class Number: 70154


EDU 550 School Law
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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Paul Knowles
Format/Location: Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th Zoom meeting dates 9/24, 10/22 and 12/3 9:00- 3:00
Class Number: 70007


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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor:Paul Knowles
Format/Location: Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th Zoom meetings 9/10, 10/8 and 11/5 9:00- 3:00
Class Number: 69967


EDU 552 Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel
This course provides an overview of supervisory practice in public schools. It draws upon effective
schools, effective teaching, teacher and adult development, and supervisory practice literature as a
foundation for direct assistance to teachers and general supervisory work. The course includes Maine
State Law regarding hiring and dismissal practices, just cause, contract issues, dismissal, non-renewal,
progressive discipline, and complaint investigation.
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Jon Moody
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th Class meetings on campus 9/24, 10/22 and 12/3
Class Number: 70156


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.)
Instructor: Paul Knowles
Format/Location: UMF/Blended
Dates/Days/Times: Fall and Spring Semester
Class Number: TBD


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.)
Instructor: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online Synchronous Zoom
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th Zoom meetings:9/17, 10/1 and 12/3 10:30- 1:30
Class Number: 70147


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.)
Instructor: Kathryn Will
Format/Location:Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th Zoom meetings 9/17, 10/8 and 11/5 9AM- Noon
Class Number: 70194


EDU 503 Culturally Responsive English Language Learner Pedagogy
This course is designed with the premise that English Language Learners function in more than one
language and more than one culture; these experiences influence and impact their learning in the
classroom. Students will investigate the value of understanding the backgrounds of English Language
Learners and work to create a learning environment that supports learning in a second language and
culture while fostering a respect for other languages and cultures.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Clara Jean Howard
Format/Location: TBD
Dates/Days/Times: TBD
Class Number: 69966


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
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: TBD
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th
Class Number: TBD


SED 506 Assessment in Special Education (online)
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 will also 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: September 6th- December 9th
Class Number: 70148


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 6th- October 17th, 8 weeks
Class Number: 70173


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.) Employed as a teacher or educational technician.
Instructor: Brian Cavanaugh
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th
Class Number: 70149


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: Libby Cohen
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th
Class Number: 70150


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: Jessica Apgar
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th
Class Number: 70153

SED 519 Assistive Technology (online)
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: Brianna Grumstrup
Format/Location: Online
Dates/Days/Times:August 29th- December 6th
Class Number: 70124


SED 522 Internship in Special Educations
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Deb Baker
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: TBD
Class Number: 69993

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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Jessica Apgar
Format/Location: Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times:September 6th- December 9th online meetings 9/24, 10/29 and 11/19
Class Number: 69969

SED 586 Research Project
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: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Brianna Grumpstrup
Format/Location: Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times:September 6th- December 9th Zoom meetings 9/17, 11/5 and 12/10
Class Number: 69971


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.)
Instructor: Kate Macleod
Format/Location: Online Synchronous
Dates/Days/Times:September 6th- December 9th Zoom meetings 9/10, 10/1, 10/29, 11/19 and 12/3 9AM- Noon
Class Number: 69970


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: TBD
Format/Location: TBD
Dates/Days/Times:TBD
Class Number: 69970


EDU 525 Developing Formative Assessment Practices in the Mathematics Classroom
The course will examine principles and aspects of formative assessment with a focus on establishing
conceptual based mathematics learning targets, gathering and analyzing evidence of students’ thinking
related to the learning target, providing feedback to students and deeply involving students in
processes that will help them move their own learning forward. Research review, discussions, in-class
exercises, practical experiences and action research on the integration of these formative assessment
aspects within mathematics instruction will be an integral part of this course.
Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Section 1
Instructor: Shannon Larson
Format/Location: Online Synchronous Zoom
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th Zoom meetings : 9/10, 10/15 and 11/5
Class Number: 70152


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.)
Instructor: Robert Jenkins and Margaret Griswold
Format/Location: UMA Rockland/ Blended online and in person meetings 9/10, 10/22 and 12/3 9-3:00.
Dates/Days/Times: September 6th- December 9th
Class Number: 70024


EMA 500 Number, Operations, Algebra, & Functions 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
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 as they occur in school mathematics; 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: Dan Jackson
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: August 29- December 9th Meeting via Zoom 9/3 9am -1pm and on campus 10/8 and 11/12 9-3pm
Class Number: 69968


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.) Accepted into MACP program
Instructor: Chad White
Format/Location: UMF Hybrid
Dates/Days/Times: September 9th- December 9th meets Fridays 2:30-3:45
Class Number: 70119


PSY 505 Professional Orientation and Ethics
This course will provide an overview of the professional history, standards, and practices of the clinical
professional counselor. Students will be able to recognize the ethical principles and legal issues related
to the clinical role and to utilize this knowledge in their work with clients and colleagues. Students will
become familiar with the American Counseling Association Code of Ethical Standards, the American
Mental Health Counseling Association Code of Ethics and the various statutory requirements that
impact professional credentialing and work with clients. Students will be supported in the development
of becoming a mental health professional through the exploration of self-in-role, readings, case studies,
and discussions on selected topics in mental health practice.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Lisa Henry
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 9th- December 9th meets Fridays 3:45-5:00pm
Class Number: 70114


PSY 510 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories 1
This course introduces students to the fundamental counseling skills that underlie effective,
evidence-based psychotherapy. The class combines theoretical knowledge of counseling with peer
practice of fundamental counseling skills.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Natasha Lekes
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 9th- December 9th meets Fridays 10:00AM – Noon
Class Number: 70117


PSY 500 Creative Arts in Counseling
This highly experiential course will provide a foundational understanding of what the
Creative/Expressive Arts Therapies are and how they are used in a wide variety of settings. The
Creative/Expressive Arts Therapies include art therapy, music therapy, dance-movement therapy,
drama therapy, psychodrama, creative writing/poetry therapy, play therapy, and sandtray therapy.
Creative/Expressive Arts Therapies embrace the use of creative self-expression as a path toward
healing, growth, and self-discovery. The creative process allows expression of experiences that are
often deeper than words and beyond our awareness.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Bodhi Simpson
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 9th- December 9th meets Fridays 2:30-3:30 PM
Class Number: 70115


PSY 515 Social and Cultural Foundations
This course will expose students to issues of ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, culture,
sexual orientation, physical and psychological disability, religion, age, language, etc. as these relate to
their development as clinical counselors. Theories of multicultural counseling, identity development,
multicultural competencies, social justice, and strategies for working with and advocating for individuals,
couples, families, groups, and communities will be reviewed. Students will explore their own attitudes
and beliefs through written assignments, texts, class discussions and films to increase their
understanding of self and diverse populations.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Bodhi Simpson
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 7th- December 9th meets Wednesday’s 6:00-7:15 PM
Class Number: 70118


PSY 575 Internship
Fall Internship I is the first course in a two semester internship sequence. This course
compliments the supervised practical experience to be gained concurrently at the student’s field work
placement in a clinical counseling setting. These experiences will allow students to perform all the
activities that a regularly employed licensed clinical, professional counselor would be expected to
perform. Students must complete a total of 450 hours of supervised clinical counseling experiences,
with a minimum of 180 clock hours dedicated to direct service with actual clients that contributes to the
development of their clinical skills.

Prerequisites: (All students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.)
Instructor: Lisa Henry
Format/Location: UMF
Dates/Days/Times: September 7th- December 9th meets Fridays 10:00-Noon
Class Number: 70120


Contact Us

Have a question, need some information? Just contact us. We’re generally open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm (EST).

Division of Graduate & Continuing Education
University of Maine at Farmington
Theo Kalikow Education Center
186 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
tel 207-778-7502
fax 207-778-8134
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711
gradstudies@maine.edu

Mailing address:
Division of Graduate & Continuing Education
University of Maine at Farmington
111 South Street
Farmington, Maine 04938