The School of Education and Human Development houses the following centers:
Coordinator: Rachel Brown-Chidsey
The Assessment Center is a resource for SEHD faculty, students, and affiliated educators. Staffed by a graduate assistant, under the supervision of faculty from the counselor education, school psychology, and special education programs, the Assessment Center lends assessment materials to students, faculty, and affiliated educators who possess the prerequisite training and expertise to administer and interpret them. The Assessment Center has a collection of over 475 achievement, behavior, cognitive, and personality tests. For additional information and hours of operation, contact the Assessment Center at 407 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038; (207) 780- 5671 or (207) 780-5220; email@example.com.
Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation
Director: David L. Silvernail
The mission of the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation (CEPARE) is to provide independent, not partisan research to inform education policy and practice, and to systematically identify, analyze, and continually evaluate education strategies that significantly improve education outcomes. CEPARE assists school districts, agencies, organizations, and University faculty by conducting studies on contemporary issues. In addition, CEPARE co-directs the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI), an institute jointly funded by the Maine State Legislature and the University of Maine System. This institute was established to conduct studies on Maine education policy and the Maine public education system for the Maine Legislature.
More information can be found on the Center’s Web site at http://www.usm.maine.edu/cepare or by contacting CEPARE at the University of Southern Maine, 140 School Street, Gorham, ME 04038; (207) 780-5044.
Office of Educator Preparation
Director: Jean Whitney
The Office of Educator Preparation is the professional education unit responsible for oversight and administration of Educator Preparation at the University. The Office of Educator Preparation is responsible for:
- Leading USM faculty in strategic educator preparation program planning at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- Fostering the conceptual framework, core values and core practices of USM educator preparation programs;
- Managing the educator preparation assessment system;
- Coordinating field experiences, practica, and internships in collaboration with educator programs and partner schools and agencies;
- Collaborating with the Director of the Southern Maine Partnership and educator preparation program faculty to develop and maintain educator preparation partnerships;
- Coordinating state program approval for professional educator preparation and national accreditation for teacher education, including the analysis, synthesis and dissemination of data for state and national reports;
- Representing USM educator preparation in state and national projects and initiatives.
- Educator Preparation serves as liaison to Maine Department of education's offices of Certification and Higher Education on matters pertaining to certification and program approval requirements and advises program faculty as needed for compliance with state regulations.
For additional information and hours of operation contact the Office of Educator Preparation at 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038; (207) 780-5772; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Director: Arthus (Bart) Weyand
Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
The Intensive English Language Program (IELP), located on the USM Portland campus, is designed to meet the English language needs of international students whose first language is not English and who wish to study at USM or other universities in the United States. The primary focus is to help students improve their skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. The program also focuses on study skills and provides the cultural orientation necessary for success at the university level. Course work includes reading authentic materials, journal writing, essay writing, group work, interviews with native English speakers, pronunciation practice and TOEFL preparation. All IELP classes are taught by qualified faculty with at least a Master's Degree. Because all classes are small (10-15 students), each student receives individualized attention. All instruction is based on learning English through communicative teaching approaches and classes are highly interactive.
English Language Bridge Program (ELB)
The English Language Bridge (ELB) program is an academic support program offered through the University of Southern Maine’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department. Students in the ELB program are nonnative English speakers who have met USM’s admission requirements, but whose TOEFL, IELTS or SAT scores fall below the required level or who have taken ESOL courses at USM. All ELB students meet with an academic advisor to select courses which offer key elements to aid in that student’s academic success. Students in the ELB program take both ESOL and non-ESOL classes during their first semester or year at USM. Once students have completed the ELB program, they may declare a major.
International students who are seeking an undergraduate degree at USM and are academically qualified but cannot supply a TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT score may be considered for Conditional Admission. Conditionally admitted students will enroll in one or two semester of the IELP in order to achieve language proficiency. Students admitted as conditional will be issued an I-20 with a major of “general studies”.
Professional Development Center
The Professional Development Center (PDC) is the administrative unit for outreach and professional development services of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD). Its mission is to provide sustained, high-quality professional development that enables K- 12 educators and human resource professionals to continue learning throughout their careers. The PDC works collaboratively with SEHD departments, programs, and other centers to complement their outreach missions and support coordinated efforts; the Maine Department of Education to provide resources for teacher re-certification and endorsement; K-12 schools to design and deliver professional development tailored to school district’s specific needs; human resource organizations to offer professional development opportunities for counselors, school psychologists, and adult educators; and nonprofit organizations and professional associations. The PDC works with SEHD and school partners to develop, deliver, and administer credit and noncredit courses, workshops, and conferences. To learn more about services provided by the Professional Development Center, visit the PDC web site at http://www.usm.maine.edu/pdc or call (207) 780-5055. The PDC offices are located on the USM Gorham campus in 8 Bailey Hall. The mailing address is: 37 College Ave, Gorham, ME 04038.
TRIO Programs at USM
Executive Director: Laurie J. Davis
Upward Bound at USM
TRIO Coordinators: Christopher Turner and Alyssa West
TRIO Advisors: Daniel Barton and Margaret Irving
Upward Bound at USM is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program. It is a sponsored program of the School of Education and Human Development. Upward Bound at USM assists high school students who are income eligible and/or first-generation-to-college succeed in high school and to prepare for postsecondary education. Upward Bound at USM serves 127 students enrolled at five high schools in southern Maine including Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Massabesic, Sacopee Valley, and Sanford high schools. During the academic year, Upward Bound staff members provide academic and college counseling to students enrolled at participating schools; coordinate college campus visits; and assist students and their families with college and financial aid applications. During the summer, USM hosts a six-week summer residential program at USM. The summer program includes academic coursework, career and college exploration, community service and service learning, recreation, and cultural activities.
For information, go to www.usm.maine.edu/upwardbound, or visit the TRIO Programs office at 7 College Ave House, Gorham, or call (207) 780-5203.
Student Support Services at USM
TRIO Coordinator: Gail Minichiello
TRiO Advisors: Kathleen Haggerty and Aubrey Seppa-Hodgkins
Student Support Services at USM is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program. It is a sponsored program of the Student Success Centers. Student Support Services at USM assist 140 USM students who are income eligible, are first generation college students, meet academic need criteria, and/or are disabled to persist in college, maintain good academic standing and graduate from college within six years. The Student Support Services program serves students on the Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston/Auburn campuses. For information, go to www.usm.maine.edu/studentsupportservices, or visit the TRIO Programs’ office at 7 College Ave House, Gorham, or call (207) 780-5203.