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. To assist you in meeting your professional goals, our SPARC program is designed to be high quality and flexible to your needs and time.

Enrollment

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.

See the SPARC Course Selection Guidelines near the bottom of this page for guidance in selecting the courses you need if you are seeking your 282 certification in Maine.

Student Susan Hedrich

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 Hedrich, who is working as an Ed-Tech in Special Education at Maine’s Windham High School.

“All of my professors had a wealth of Special Education teaching experience, and they treated us like adult professionals, which I deeply appreciate.”


Special Education Courses

  • SED 503  Preparing Students for the Future: Transition Programming, Self-determination and Advocacy
  • SED 504 Collaborative Partnerships Among Individuals with Disabilities, Families, and Professionals
  • SED 505  Universal Design
  • 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 515  Early Intervention: Working with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families
  • SED 517  Professional Ethics, Cultural Competence, and Evidence-based Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
  • SED 518  Special Education Law
  • SED 519  Assistive Technology
  • SED 529  Individualized Positive Behavior Support

 Note: SPARC courses may be taken to fulfill master’s degree concentration requirements, re-certification, professional development and personal goals.

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To see course descriptions please review the Graduate Catalog.

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SPARC Course Selection Guidelines For Students Seeking 282 Certification

The SPARC program is designed to be high quality and flexible to assist you in meeting your professional goals. The following document was developed to provide you with guidance in selecting the courses you need if you are seeking your 282 certification in Maine.

If you are planning to complete all of your 24 credits through the SPARC program, we suggest that you start by completing the following three courses because they are essential building blocks in the field of special education. The initial course you select will depend on the semester that you enter the program.

  • SED 504  Collaborative Partnerships Among Individuals With Disabilities, Families and Professionals
  • SED 508  Classroom and Behavior Management of Students with Disabilities  or  SED 529  Individualized Positive Behavior Support
  • SED 507  Curriculum and Instructional Programming for Students with Disabilities

At some point in your program (preferably after completing at least one of the above courses), we recommend that you take SED 506 Assessment in Special Education and SED 518 Special Education Law due to the important role assessment and law play in the field of special education.

Your remaining credits will vary based on your professional goals.


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