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).

Our M.S.Ed. in Special Education also offers a number of value-added Specializations from which to choose, each providing you with in-depth coursework in specific areas.


Courses in M.S.Ed in Special Education

Core Requirements – 12 Credits

  • SED 551  Advanced Intervention Methods
  • SED 598  Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform
  • EDU 582  Research Methods in Education
  • SED 586  Special Education Research
  • Internship (varies, based on Specialization)

21 Credit Specialization (choose one)

  • Inclusive Education and Leadership
  • Low Incidence Disabilities (286 certification)
  • Special Education Administration (030 certification)
  • Teacher Certification Track (282 teacher certification)
  • Self-Designed

For more information about this program, please email the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education at gradstudies@maine.edu

Apply Now (pdf)

M.S.Ed. Specializations


Inclusive Education and Leadership

This specialization prepares students to work in K-12 schools and other education-centered contexts in a variety of inclusive roles. We develop teachers, leaders, and change-agents who can effectively assess students and understand diverse needs, develop instruction and supports that are universally designed and differentiated, understand multicultural perspectives, and collaborate with colleagues and communities to increase inclusion for youth who struggle or who have traditionally been marginalized.

A year-long internship in schools or other approved organization will provide students with diverse experiences to prepare them for future careers as:

  • inclusive special or general education classroom teachers
  • inclusive education specialist or consultants
  • teacher leaders and department chairs
  • inclusive specialists at research and advocacy organizations
  • inclusive specialists at community centers, agencies, or non-profit organizations
  • school administrators.*

* Note: This specialization does not lead to Maine’s Special Education administrator certification; students interested in Special Education Administration should consider our Special Education Administrator specialization.

Courses

  • SED 598  Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform
  • SED 599  Advanced Inclusive Ed: Gaining Access to Inclusive Education and Community
  • SED 505  Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum Access
  • EDU 551  Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World

Low Incidence Disabilities

In partnership with the University of Maine, the Low Incidence Disabilities specialization focuses on preparing educators to deliver high quality, inclusive educational services, supports, and interventions to students with extensive support needs including physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for state certification as a teacher of students with low incidence disabilities (286 certification).

Courses

Course information coming soon


Special Education Administration

This specialization provides the prerequisite courses, knowledge base and internship experience needed to be certifiable as a Special Education Administrator. Candidates will develop an understanding of the theoretical bases and practical application of Special Education Administration and be well-prepared to lead effective, inclusive Special Education programs. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to be certified as a Special Education Administrator in the state of Maine.

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
  • EDU 554  Internship in School Leadership

Teacher Certification Track

The Teacher Certification Track specialization is designed for in-service and pre-service educators seeking certification as a teacher of students with disabilities (282 certification). Courses are chosen in consultation with your academic advisor to ensure state certification requirements are met and professional goals are reached.

Courses

  • SED 503  Preparing Students for the Future: Transition programming, self-determination and advocacy (required for 6-12 certification)
  • SED 505  Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum Access
  • SED 506  Assessment in Special Education
  • SED 507  Curriculum and Instructional Programming for Students with Disabilities
  • SED 508  Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities
  • SED 511  Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • SED 513  Early Childhood Speech and Language: Development, Disorders, and Interventions
  • SED 514  Literacy Development for All Students
  • SED 518  Special Education Law
  • SED 529  Individualized Positive Behavior Supports

Self-Designed

Students seeking in-depth study on a specific topic or topic in the field of special education will work with an advisor to develop a program plan. Students identify a Self-Designed specialization and propose courses to complete to fulfill requirements for the self-designed specialization. Self-designed specializations may include, for example: literacy in special education, special education research, emotional/behavioral disorders, multi-tiered systems.


Courses

Core Requirements: 12 Credits

  • SED 551 Advanced Intervention Methods
  • SED 598 Inclusive Education Reform: a Social Justice Approach to School and Systemwide Reform
  • EDU 582 Research Methods in Education
  • SED 586 Special Education Research
  • Internship (varies, based on Specialization)

21 credit Specialization (choose one)

  • Inclusive Education and Leadership
  • Teacher Certification Track (282 teacher certification)
  • Low Incidence Disabilities (286 certification)
  • Special Education Administration (030 certification)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Self-designed

To see course descriptions please review the Graduate Catalog.


Application Process and Due Dates

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact our office prior to application to discuss the program and professional goals.  Please visit our Contact Us page or email gradstudies@maine.edu to begin your inquiry.

Due Dates

  • August 10 for September (for Fall Term)
  • December 8 for January (for Spring Term)
  • April 10 for May (for Summer Term)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be considered when complete. Students may enroll in some courses as a non-matriculated student prior to acceptance into the program.

Application Materials

To apply for the M.S.Ed in Special Education program please submit the following materials to our office:

  • Application (pdf)
  • Application essay (see page 2) of Application above for instructions)
  • Supplemental information if requesting Individualized Concentration
  • Official transcript for your undergraduate degree if not from a University of Maine System campus
  • A copy of your Teaching Certificate (for some concentrations)
  • A copy of your Criminal History Record Check (CHRC)
  • Two Recommendation Forms (pdf)
    One from a current administrator or supervisor
    One from a professional colleague
  • See the mailing address below

Transfer Policy

If you are requesting that graduate-level coursework be transferred from another institution into this UMF Master’s program, in addition to your transcript you must submit the syllabi for each course you would like considered for transfer. This is not required if the course was take within the University of Maine System. Transfer decisions are made at the time of application.

These credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution, within 5 years prior to admission, and with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent). Graduate credits applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the master’s degree.


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