This Graduate Certificate program provides students with a broad foundation in understanding the nature and needs of students, schools, and communities in need of additional, specialized, or individualized services combined with coursework on implementing programs, practices, or reforms for individual students, families, schools, districts or communities.

A primary focus of this certificate is on developing systems of support for students with or at risk for social, academic, and behavioral difficulties.

All courses are offered using a blended format, with a combination of face-to-face class meetings and online study.

Completion of this certificate requires 4 UMF courses:

  • EDU 506  Poverty in Education
  • EDU 519  Risk and Resilience in Educational Settings
  • EDU 579  Implementing Systems of Student Support

And one of the following:

  • ECH 533  Advanced Foundations of Child Development (requires permission from ECH)
  • EDU 503  Culturally Responsive English Language Learner Pedagogy
  • EDU 504  English Language Learners: Equity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement
  • EDU 521  Fostering Effective Learner Dispositions
  • EDU 526  Assessment Course & Research-based Intervention Practices
  • EDU 533  Mindfulness
  • SED 529  Individualized Positive Behavior Supports
  • SED 514  Literacy Development for All Students
  • SED 530  Identifying and Educating Learners Who are Gifted
  • SED 598  Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform
Apply - Intent to Participate (pdf) Certificate Policies (pdf)

Note: If you have not already completed these courses at UMF in the previous five (5) years and received a grade of B or higher you are required to register for one or more of the courses in your Graduate Education Certificate Program offered in the upcoming semester / term. Please contact us for details.

Contact Us

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

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