Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

MSEd in Teaching and Learning - Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) prepares candidates for initial teacher certification in Maine. Faculty are committed to providing our teacher candidates simultaneous classroom experiences and course work that help them connect the everyday work with students to theories and research. Through the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP), students engage in an intense graduate level internship and post-internship course work to complete the Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning (MSEd- MTL) ETEP, a nationally recognized teacher certification program, includes options for an intensive nine-month, full-time program and a 2 year part-time program. We in ETEP are dedicated to ensuring that USM’s teacher candidates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach in the increasingly diverse and demanding schools of today. We are committed to providing our teacher candidates classroom experiences and course work that help them ground their daily practice in current research-based best practices and educational theory.

We work closely with practicing administrators and teachers in partner schools to place our teaching candidates in the collaborative, professional environments that allow them to observe and reflect on excellent teaching.  In university classes, USM teaching candidates work together in teaching cohorts to share and challenge ideas. Through all of these experiences, USM teaching candidates come to understand the complexities and joys of teaching.

The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) consists of the internship and the master's degree in teaching and learning. The program offers two different options to meet the various needs of students.

  • Nine-Month Option (K-8 or 7-12)
  • Two-year Option (K-8 or 7-12)

This is an intensive experience that integrates both theory and practice in a school-based program. Interns progress through the program as part of a cohort with other teacher education candidates and complete two semesters of mentored internship in public school classrooms. The internship prepares students to teach in one of the following areas:

  • Elementary and Middle level (K-8)
  • English (7-12)
  • World Languages (K-12)
  • Life Science (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Physical Science (7-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)

The task of preparing teachers to meet the needs of all learners in the 21st century is complex and demanding. The ETEP faculty are dedicated to instilling a commitment to equitable and engaging learning in its students and supporting students to be teachers who:

  • Continually examine beliefs and practices and act upon findings to improve teaching and learning
  • Provide a variety of accessible learning experiences that attend fairly to learners' strengths, needs, and interests
  • Establish and communicate clear, challenging, and attainable standards for all learners
  • Support and refine teaching and learning through sharing diverse perspectives and understandings
  • Integrate teaching knowledge and disciplinary knowledge to foster and support professional expertise
  • Use multiple sources of information, including performance-based assessments, to make valid inferences about student learning and informed instructional decisions
  • Provide feedback and adjust teaching based on growing understandings about learners and learning
  • Create, study, critique, and apply research related to teaching, learning, and schooling.

Students in all teacher education pathways must meet InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.  The ETEP program uses a rubric that aligns to these standards to assess students for program completion and certification recommendation.

 Course Requirements

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted. The exact sequence of courses will vary, depending on cohort, concentration, and program option.

Elementary (K-8) (36 credits)

EDU 505 Teaching Mathematics K-8
EDU 551 Teaching Social Studies K-8
EDU 552 Teaching Science K-8
EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
EDU 565 Teaching Reading for All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 566 Teaching Writing for All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 543 Professional Internship in Elementary Education (6 credits)
EDU 546 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning – I
EDU 547 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning-II
SED 540 Learners who are Exceptional in General Education
SED 520 Multi-tiered Systems of Classroom Support

Secondary (7-12) and World Language (K-12) (33 credits)

SED 520 Multi-tiered Systems of Classroom Support
SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas Through Literacy for all Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 521 Digital Literacy
EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
EDU 550 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (6 credits)
EDU 546 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning I
EDU 547 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning II
EDU 652 Curriculum Evaluation and Design for Secondary Education

Content Area Methods Courses: One of the following (3 credits)
     EDU 501 Secondary Science Methods
     EDU 502 Secondary English Methods
     EDU 503 Foreign Language Methods
     EDU 504 Secondary Social Studies Methods
     EDU 554 Secondary Mathematics Methods

MSEd in Teaching and Learning - Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

The Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Teaching and Learning (MTL) focuses on preparing professional teachers to understand the theory and practice of teaching and learning. During the internship year, students complete all State of Maine requirements for initial teacher certification in elementary education, secondary education (in certification areas of English, mathematics, physical and/or life science, or social studies), or K-12 world language. Students learn the practice of teaching through full or part-time internships that are simultaneous with university coursework. After the certification year, students have five years to complete the additional six credits for their MTL. Degree completion from a distance on-line is possible in the course sequence. 

Students graduating from these programs will have a strong liberal arts background; extended experiences with students in K-12 schools; and the ability to think reflectively and critically about schools, student learning and their pedagogical practice.

ETEP candidates who have successfully completed their certification year may complete their Master’s degree by completing an additional six credit hours. Students have a full five years beyond the certification year to complete their degree. 

EDU 600 Research Methods (3 credits)

EDU 643 Inquiry in Education (3 credits)

(EDU 643 may be substituted with SED 699 Directed Study in Special Education, or EDU 667 Professional Educator Capstone)

ETEP Policy

The faculty of the School of Education and Human Development reserve the right to accept and retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, maturity, and personal suitability for teaching. The program maintains the ability to change admission and/or program requirements as needed to meet changes in state certification standards.

The following are pathways to additional certifications or endorsements an MTL graduate might consider.

Endorsement for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) may be obtained through our TESOL program   FMI: http://usm.maine.edu/extended-teacher-education-program-etep/esl-endorsement

Master of Science in Special Education

Candidates who want to complete an initial certification in 282 Teacher of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and receive the Master of Science in Special Education may apply to the Special Education Program.  The initial certification requires 30 credit hours; an additional 6 credits is needed to complete the Master’s degree. FMI: http://usm.maine.edu/special-education

Certificate of Graduate in Culturally Responsive Practices

https://usm.maine.edu/counselor-education/certificate-graduate-study-culturally-responsive-practices-education-and-human-d

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later and are accepted as a candidate for their internship year are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system once being accepted as a teacher education candidate and prior to their internship year. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience, and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have past their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site:
http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation/tk20

Please note the Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

For more detailed application information, please refer to the ETEP Application Guide:

Minimum Requirements: Academic Preparation

An earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0  (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program. Applicants who do not have a 3.0  overall GPA must enclose a letter asking for special consideration, in which they provide evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet eligibility requirements may be automatically denied.

Applicants must show completion of required academic content for the intended certification area (can be in progress at the time of application)

Praxis Core scores that meet the state of Maine's certification requirements (see detail in Testing Requirements)

Relevant Experience and Professional Potential:

  • prior experiences working with school-aged children in instructional or leadership situations
  • a learner-centered educational philosophy
  • self-knowledge, maturity, and sensitivity toward others
  • ability to adapt to, and learn from, new and challenging situations
  • excellent written and oral communication skills

Application Deadlines

9-Month, full-time internship; and two-year, part-time internship

  • January 30

Rolling admissions through May 1 if certain certification areas have openings. See website for details.

Candidates should submit all application materials to the Application Processing Center, University of Maine System, P.O. Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412. Electronic transcripts and other application materials can be emailed to: edocs@maine.edu

Application must include

  • A submitted online graduate admission application.
  • The application fee of $65.00.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript.
  • Praxis Core Test report.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential for pursuing graduate level academic work, experience working with child and youth, and dispositions for being a professional teacher. Recommendations are easily submitted using our online application form. You will simply need to provide the name and email address for each of your recommenders during the application process. Once you submit your application, an email will be automatically generated to your recommenders directing them to fill out the electronic letter of recommendation. The recommendations should be from persons able to comment from direct knowledge of the applicant's potential for success as a teacher and graduate student.
  • Resume showing history of employment, education, and community service.
  • Essay (see below).
  • Catalog of Experiences (see below).
  • Certification of finances (international students only).
  • Submission of official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not first language and high school and baccalaureate degree were not taught in English).
  • In addition to the above submitted materials, applicants must complete a free Tk20 Application in order for your application to be reviewed. The link to the instructions can be found here.

Special Essay Question

The essay applicants submit is a replacement to Question 17 in the Graduate School Application. It is a thoughtful response to the following prompt:

The challenge of teaching is helping to ensure ALL students are provided with an equitable learning experience. What would a school look like that provides all students equal opportunity to learn? What practices to ensure ALL students are learning have you seen, know of, been a part of, or been inspired to emulate?

Catalog of Experiences

Select a range of personal, educational or professional experiences working with children or adolescents that have been particularly significant in your development as a learner and a prospective teacher.  Reflect carefully on each experience indicating what you learned about children, your content and yourself.

Testing Requirements

All individuals seeking Maine teacher certification must achieve minimum scores on a basic skills assessment in reading, writing, and math. Praxis Core is therefore a requirement for admission into the MSEd. in Teaching and Learning (ETEP).  To pass Praxis Core applicants must have a composite score of 468 (or higher), including all scores within three points of passing.  Passing scores: Reading – 156; Writing – 162; Math – 150.

For information about the application process and special admission requirements of the Extended Teacher Education Program, contact the USM Office of Admissions, Abromson Center, Portland, ME 04104-9300, (207) 780-5306, and ask for a copy of the ETEP Application Guide; or find it on the Web at http://usm.maine.edu/extended-teacher-education-program-etep/link-etep-handouts

Applicants whose native language in not English must have earned a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. This requirement is waived for students who earned a bachelor’s at an English-speaking university

Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their USM program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, or drug screening. In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although the University will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification.