Fall 2020 registration open May 4th.

The UMF Special Ed Alternate Route to Certification (SPARC) program’s foundation is rooted in one major principle: The credits in the program must focus on specific sets of skills and bodies of knowledge relevant to Special Educators. To ensure we offer what is needed, we turned to leaders in the special education field, who designed this SPARC program.

Maine requires 24 credits of coursework for Special Education 282 Certification. Participants in the Alternate Route to Certification program may take eight courses or only selected courses, depending on how many credits they need to reach the required 24 credits.


UMF Special Ed Alternate Route to Certification (SPARC) courses are open to all practicing Special Education educators holding a baccalaureate degree, including in-service educators, those working in Birth to Age 5 intervention settings, Ed Techs, and others. The UMF SPARC program includes thirteen online graduate courses, which are offered on a rotating schedule. For this program, there is no need to apply for admission to UMF. Participants must have access to students with special needs in order to complete assignments for courses.

Click on SPARC Course Selection Guidelines for guidance in selecting the courses you need if you are seeking your 282 certification in Maine.

Susan Hedrich decided to become a Special Education teacher after a decades-long career in health care. She found UMF’s SPARC program to be the “best bet, hands down” for becoming credentialed “in the least amount of time.”

“The UMF professors know the state’s requirements very well and focus on student needs and practical, classroom-based issues that matter most to becoming a successful special education teacher,” said Sue Hedrich, who is working as an Ed-Tech in special education at Maine’s Windham High School.

“All of my professors have a wealth of special education teaching experience, and they treat us like adult professionals, which I deeply appreciate.”

Course Schedules

Fall 2020 

For a list of Special Education courses offered at other University of Maine System campuses each semester (except for those that are practica, internships, or student teaching) visit the UMaine College of Education and Human Development (site to be updated soon).

Register - Fall 2020 (pdf)

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
TDD/TYY 207-778-7000

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