UMF Graduate Education Certificates

UMF also collaborates with the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine to offer these online certificates:


Apply for a Certificate (Intent to Participate)

To enroll in any of our Graduate Education Certificate Programs, please complete the Apply – Intent to Participate Form (pdf) and return it to the UMF Office of Graduate Studies.

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.

Apply - Intent to Participate (pdf)
Certificate Policies (pdf)

Certificate Details

Administration Certificate

This certificate is designed for practicing educators interested in pursuing opportunities in school administration. Two years of teaching experience is required to enroll in this certificate program.

Completion of this Certificate requires the following four UMF courses:

  • EDU 550  School Law for Administrators
  • EDU 551  Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World
  • EDU 552  Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel
  • EDU 553  Finance for School Administrators

If you do not complete the required four certificate courses and UMF’s SED 518 Special Ed Law DOE may require you to complete other coursework to fulfill the ILLSC Standards requirements found in Chapter 115. Please check with the Maine Department of Education to verify if you need this course to meet your professional goals.

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

Optional Electives:

  • SED 518  Special Education Law
  • EDU 554 Internship in School Leadership

English Language Learning (ELL) Certificate

This certificate is designed for practicing teachers interested in working with students who are non-native English speaking. The 5-course series certificate will develop one’s understanding of the theoretical basis and practical application of ELL instruction. The certificate program will assist the teachers in acquiring strategies for creating an inclusive classroom, conducive to proficiency-oriented and communicative language instruction designed to create a learning community.  Completion of this Certificate requires the following five UMF courses:

  • EDU 502  Second Language Acquisition
  • EDU 503  Culturally Responsive English Language Learner Pedagogy
  • EDU 504  English Language Learners: Equity, Inclusion, and Family Engagement
  • EDU 505  Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for ELLs
  • EDU 511  Evidence and Inquiry Based Strategies for Working with ELLs

Note: This is a graduate certificate that supports the coursework requirement for a Maine’s Endorsement 660: English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Please check with the Maine Department of Education for additional requirements for a Maine’s Endorsement 660: English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement.

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


Gifted and Talented Education Certificate

This certificate is designed for practicing educators interested in pursuing opportunities in teaching gifted and talented students. It is a graduate certificate program that supports the coursework required for Maine’s Endorsement 690.  Please check with the Maine Department of Education for additional requirements for a Maine’s Endorsement: Gifted/Talented Teacher.

Completion of this Certificate requires the following four UMF courses:

  • SED 530  Identifying and Educating Learners Who are Gifted
  • SED 531  Curriculum and Instruction for Learners Who Are Gifted
  • SED 532  Developing and Implementing Programs for the Gifted Learner
  • SED 533  Teaching Critical & Creative Thinking in Gifted Programs & Classroom Settings


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


Math Intervention Specialist Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to identify students who need assistance in mathematics and to address the needs of these students through assessment-informed and focused interventions. Participants will learn to identify students’ concept understanding and areas needing further development using quantifiable and research-based assessments.

Teachers will:

  • implement research-based teaching methods
  • effectively implement the use of manipulatives and models to maximize student learning in mathematics
  • research and implement assessment-based and focused interventions
  • implement continual progress monitoring through the use of data analysis and documentation of student learning
  • provide the leadership necessary to develop, implement, support, and maintain an appropriate math RTI program

Completion of this Certificate requires four UMF courses:

  • EDU 524  Advanced Math Methods (for K-8)
    or  EDU 561  Methods for Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education (for 7-12)
  • EDU 526  Assessment Course & Research-based Intervention Practices
  • EDU 527  Using Data for Teaching and Learning in Support of All Students in Mathematics
  • EDU 528  Leading the RTI Process in Mathematics


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


Math Leadership Certificate

This certificate is designed for practicing educators interested in pursuing opportunities in mathematics leadership. It is a 4-course series certificate that will prepare educators for the challenges of being a mathematics leader, whether it be a Math Coach, a Math Interventionist, an RTI Coordinator, a Title I: Math Teacher or a grade-level Team Leader. Completion of this Certificate requires the following four UMF courses (taken sequentially):

  • EDU 529  Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: Understanding and Implementing Maine’s State Standards
  • EDU 530  Mathematics Leadership in K-12 settings: The Mathematics Content for Standards-Based Instruction
  • EDU 531  Mathematics Pedagogical Knowledge: Effective Instructional Practices for Teaching Maine’s State Standards
  • EDU 532  Mathematics Leadership K-12*

*Previously titled EDU 532 Mathematics Leadership K-12: The Art of Mathematics Coaching and Supervision, for students who started the program prior to the Fall 2018 semester.

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


Special Education Administration Certificate

This certificate is designed for practicing educators interested in pursuing opportunities as a special education administrator. There is a shortage of qualified administrators of special education and assistant administrators of special education in the state of Maine. This certificate provides prerequisite courses, knowledge base, and internship experience in alignment with Maine certification requirements for a special education administrator. Candidates will develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and practical application of Special Education Administration.

Completion of this Certificate requires the following five UMF courses:

  • EDU 550  School Law for Administrators
  • EDU 551  Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World
  • EDU 552  Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel
  • EDU 553  Finance for School Administrators
  • SED 598  Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform

*Students enrolled in this certificate who intend to apply for Maine 030 certification as a special education administrator must also have completed SED 518: Special Education Law (or an equivalent course) to be eligible for certification as a special education administrator. Contact your advisor or the graduate studies office for more details.

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


Special Education Certificate — Elementary

This certificate is designed to assist educators in meeting professional goals. The courses included in the certificate provide educators with a range of essential knowledge and skills to support students with disabilities in a variety of settings, and for professionals in a variety of roles. There is a focus on high leverage practices designed to support students with disabilities.

Completion of this certificate requires four (4) courses:

  • SED 506  Assessment in Special Education
  • SED 507  Curriculum and Instructional Programming for Students With Disabilities
  • SED 518  Special Education Law

And one of the following courses:

  • SED 508  Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities
  • SED 529  Individualized Positive Behavior Supports


All courses are offered with 100% online options.


Certificate in Special Education — Secondary

This certificate is designed to assist educators in meeting professional goals. The courses included in the certificate provide educators with a range of essential knowledge and skills to support students with disabilities in a variety of settings, and for professionals in a variety of roles. There is a focus on high leverage practices designed to support students with disabilities.

Completion of this certificate requires five (5) courses:

  • SED 503  Preparing Students for the Future: Transition Programming, Self-determination and Advocacy
  • SED 506  Assessment in Special Education
  • SED 507  Curriculum and Instructional Programming for Students With Disabilities
  • SED 518  Special Education Law

And one of the following courses

  • SED 508  Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities
  • SED 529  Individualized Positive Behavior Supports


All courses are offered with 100% online options.


Systems of Student Support Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide educational leaders with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and competencies that can prepare them to assume leadership roles in the development and implementation of student support services and related programming in their schools and districts.

This set of courses will provide 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.

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

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


Certificate in Math Coaching Option

Coaching candidates enrolled in the Maine Math Coaching Project have the opportunity to enroll in an optional Graduate Certificate in Math Coaching. To earn the certificate, candidates also take a 4th course (tuition for this course is not included in MMCP membership fees).

Certificate in K-8 Mathematics Coaching:

  • EDU 594  Designing a K – 8 Math Coaching Practice
  • EDU 595  Implementing a K – 8 Math Coaching Practice
  • EDU 596  Refining a K – 8 Math Coaching Practice
  • EDU 525  Developing Formative Assessment Practices in the Mathematics Classroom

Certificate in 7-12 Mathematics Coaching:

  • EDU 565  Design and Implement a Secondary Math Coaching Practice, Part I
  • EDU 566  Design and Implement a Secondary Math Coaching Practice, Part II
  • EDU 567  Implementing and Refining a Secondary Math Coaching Practice
  • EDU 525  Developing Formative Assessment Practices in the Mathematics Classroom

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
gradstudies@maine.edu

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