Special Education

MS in Special Education - Integrated General Education and Special Education Initial Teacher Certification

The concentration has three outcomes:

  1. USM Master of Science in Special Education
  2. Recommendation for 020 K-8 elementary or 7-12 content area teacher certification
  3. Recommendation for K-8 or 7-12 282 Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

The online concentration is designed to be completed in two years, or six semesters  It can be extended to three years, or seven to nine semesters.  USM works in partnership with school districts, special purpose schools, and state approved agencies to make the program available to education technicians and others employed in education. An Individual Internship Plan (IIP) designed by school district, university, and candidate to accommodate employment responsibilities, program requirements, and family needs.

K-8 Certification - 51 credits (all courses are three credits unless noted)

  • 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 
  • EDU 565  Teaching Reading K-8 for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds,     
  • EDU 566 Introduction to Writing Process for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds    
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques 
  • SED 518 Targeted and Individualized Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities     
  • SED 520  Multi-Tiered Systems of Classroom Support 
  • SED/EDU 586 Integrated Internship  (9 cr) Topics: Technology, Transition & Family Collaboration, Special Education Eligibility Assessment 
  • SED 615  Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports 
  • SED 682  Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team
  • SED 699  Directed Study
  • SPY 625  Advanced Multi-Tier Instruction and Assessment for Mathematics 
  • SPY 627  Advanced Multi-Tier Instruction and Assessment for Reading 

 Secondary 7-12 - 45 credits (all courses are three credits unless noted)

  • EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas through Literacy for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity 
  • EDU 566 Introduction to Writing Process for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques  
  • EDU 652 Curriculum Design and Evaluation  
  • SED 518 Targeted and Individualized Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities   
  • SED 520  Multi-Tiered Systems of Classroom Support    
  • SED/EDU 586 Integrated Internship  (9 cr)  Focus Topics: Technology, Transition & Family Collaboration, Special Education Eligibility Assessment
  • SED 615  Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
  • SED 682  Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team  
  • SED 699 Directed Study 
  • SPY 627  Advanced Multi-Tier Instruction and Assessment for Reading  
  • Content Area Methods Courses: One of the following (3 cr)
         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

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Application Deadline for the Integrated concentration:

Rolling with priority deadlines: March 1 for summer matriculation, May 1 for fall matriculation, Oct 15 for spring matriculation

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum Requirements: Applicant must have bachelor’s degree, from a regionally accredited college or university, and have earned 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.

Prerequisites: Maine certification Exceptionality Course SED 540, SED 335, or course course approved by the Maine Office of Certification. Passing scores for Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

The Integrated concentration requires a formal interview. Candidates to be interviewed will be selected on the basis of the application materials.

APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

  • A submitted online graduate admission application.
  • The application fee of $65.00.

  • Official transcripts for all colleges or universities attended. The Office of Graduate Admissions is able to obtain transcripts of courses completed after 1985 from any University of Maine system campus, so you do not need to request those; however, you do need to list them on your application.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s knowledge of current scholarship, capacity to connect theory and practice in posing and solving educational problems, achievement of success in educational practice, and demonstrated capability and motivation to engage in advanced graduate study. Recommendations are submitted using our online application form.
  • Essay: see essay question on website.

  • Current resume.

  • Praxis Core exam passed based on Maine’s standards.

  • Completed and signed Completion of Exceptionalities Course Form. Completion of Maine’s required exceptionality course for all teachers at USM or another institution. See website for details.
  • Certification of finances (internationa lstudents only).
  • Submission of official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not the applicant’s first language).
  • 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 for Integrated Concentration

A free appropriate public education for students with disabilities represents our democratic society's commitment to educating all its children. A teacher lives out this commitment in his/her daily instruction and professional activities as an educator. Please describe what you think it means as a teacher to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities.

Testing Requirement

Submit official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher if the applicant is an international student whose first language is not English. International students who have received their undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution may apply for a waiver of this requirement.

Transfer Policies

Transferring courses into the degree: Non-matriculated students may take two graduate-level courses (six credit hours) that they pass with a grade of 'B' or better prior to applying. Students may enroll in up to two graduate-level courses for the semester in which they apply (six graduate credit hours). A possible total of twelve graduate-level credits may be completed before matriculating in the program. Only courses taken within five years of application will be considered. Transfer credits are evaluated during the admissions process, so syllabi and course description of courses for transfer credit requests should accompany the application. If an applicant has questions on whether courses will transfer into a program or not, s/he should discuss the credit transfer with the Program Coordinator.

Transferring to a different concentration after matriculation: A candidate must apply to the new concentration using a Re-Application form with a processing fee of $15. The application and supporting materials are sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The application will be reviewed by faculty for approval.