Special Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching ALL Students

This concentration is a subset of courses from the Special Education program. It is especially designed for educators who are working in general education; classroom teachers; and specialty teachers who would like to improve their skills and knowledge in working effectively with students with disabilities, who are gifted and talented, and/or are English language learners. The interdisciplinary nature of this concentration is unique, and also incorporates differentiated instruction, so educators can become more effective in working with all of their students.

Total Required Credits: 12
     EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
     SED 550 Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
     SED 615 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
     SED 618 Programming for Learners with Special Needs

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and relevant professional experience. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Application Deadline

Rolling with priority deadlines: May 1 for fall matriculation, October 15 for spring matriculation.

  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
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    A submitted online graduate certificate admission application; including a $25 non-refundable fee;

  • 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;

  • Current resume;
  • Personal statement describing why you are applying to the program;
  • Completed and signed Teacher Credential Summary Form.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.