Building on the success of UMF’s Special Ed Alternate Route to Certification (SPARC) program and UMF’s national reputation for transformational undergraduate teacher education, this degree is designed to both provide a 4+1 pathway for UMF undergraduate students and support the needs of public school personnel interested in teaching and leadership roles in special education. This program uses UMF’s popular blended format tailored for working professionals.

  • Impact your school and community through action research mentored by UMF faculty
  • Position yourself for career opportunities with a variety of specializations including courses that align with 282 and 030 certification requirements in Maine
  • Engage with a community of educators through online learning and campus-based sessions

UMF’s M.S.Ed. in Special Education program

  • Delivered in blended format  – typically including 3 Saturdays a semester on campus
  • Structured with 33 graduate credit hours, including 12 credit hours of a rigorous core curriculum
  • Includes six 21-credit Specializations from which to choose

The University of Maine at Farmington is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

For more information about this new program, please email the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at

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