The School of Education and Human Development is made up of the following departments:
Department of Counseling, Adult & Higher Education
Chair: Adele Baruch
Adult and Higher Education–Professor: Atkinson, Brady; Lecturer: Day
Counseling–Professor: VanZandt; Associate Professors: Baruch, Katsekas; Assistant Professor: Bernacchio; Clinical Lecturer: Jones
The Department of Counseling, Adult & Higher Education aims to improve the individual practices of human services professionals and to enhance school, community, organizational, and agency practices through education, research, and public service. Two graduate programs are offered by the Department: adult and higher education and counselor education. The adult and higher education program offers focus areas in adult development, training and development, educational gerontology, community/international education, teaching adult learners, student affairs in higher education, public school adult-education director certification, and self-designed. The counselor education program offers concentrations in school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and clinical mental health counseling. Post-Master's Certificate of Advanced Study programs in adult learning and counseling are also available.
Department of Educational Leadership
Chair: Joseph (Jody) H. Capelluti
Educational Leadership–Professors: Capelluti, Silvernail; Associate Professors: Beaudry, Curry; Assistant Professor: Cummings
The Department of Educational Leadership provides opportunities for educators to earn advanced degrees and certifications. In addition, the department offers an interdisciplinary master's degree, the Professional Educator, which draws on courses from several departments in the School of Education and Human Development. The Educational Leadership program offers a master's degree in school administration, special education administration and curriculum administration, as well as a post-master's Certificate of Advanced Study. It also offers a Certificate of Graduate Study in the areas of assistant principal and athletic administration. The Professional Educator program offers a master's degree for educators who want to deepen their practices as classroom teachers, explore individual interests, and expand their professional horizons as teacher leaders.
Department of Educational Psychology and Exceptionality
Chair: Walter H. Kimball
Educational Psychology and School Psychology–Professor: Steege; Associate Professor: Brown-Chidsey; Lecturer: Bickford
Abilities and Disabilities Studies–Professor: Kimball; Associate Professors: Alexandrin, Curry; Lecturer: Red
The Department of Educational Psychology and Exceptionality (EPE) provides opportunities for students to prepare for professional careers as school-based and agency-based service providers, special educators, special education consultants, behavior analysts, and school psychologists. EPE joins together the Educational and School Psychology program and the Abilities and Disabilities Studies program.
The Abilities and Disabilities program offers a master's degree with an initial certification strand for candidates seeking special education teacher certification and an in-service strand for teachers already certified in special education. The in-service strand includes options in Teaching ALL Students, Self-Design in Special Education, and Gifted and Talented Education. In addition to the Master’s degree, the Abilities and Disabilities Studies program offers a Certificate in Graduate Study in Gifted and Talented Education and in Teaching ALL Students.
The Educational Psychology and School Psychology program offers a Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis, Response to Intervention: Academic, Response to Intervention: Behavioral, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology, and a Doctorate of Psychology in School Psychology.
Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture
Chair: Andrea Stairs
Associate Professors: Fallona, Stairs; Assistant Professor: Lapidus; Lecturer: Enrico
The Literacy, Language, and Culture (LLC) Department offers the following degrees and certificates: Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education and Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language (36 credit hours and successful performance on a comprehensive examination); Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy and Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy with a concentration in English as a Second Language (for USM’s MTL students only); Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Education and Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in English as a Second Language (30 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone experience); and Certificate of Graduate Study in Literacy (12 credit hours) and Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language (15 credit hours). The department’s programs aim to develop and support leaders in literacy and language education. The department’s commitment to the promotion of multicultural literacy is reflected in the ESL concentration, the only one of its kind in Maine.
Department of Teacher Education
Chair: Julie Canniff
Associate Professors: Canniff, Jones, Kuech, Ross, Shank, Whitney; Lecturer: Needleman
The Department of Teacher Education offers a post-baccalaureate master's degree pathway for students pursuing initial teacher certification at the elementary and secondary school levels. The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) is a nationally accredited teacher certification program that includes options for a full-time or a part-time Internship. Applicants can choose the K-8 certification, 7-12 certification in math, social studies, English, physical or life science, or K-12 foreign language and an optional completion of a Master of Science in Education inTeaching and Learning degree . Students also have the option to pursue the M.S.Ed. in Applied Literacy or the M.S. in Abilities and Disabilities Studies that includes 282 or 286 Special Education certification upon completion of their certification requirements. For more information, see the Teacher Education Department Web site at http://usm.maine.edu/teacher-education.