2013-14 Catalogs

School of Education and Human Development Overview

Associate Dean: Catherine Fallona; Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration: Robin Day; Director of Student Affairs: Kimberly Warren; Director of Educator Preparation: Jean Whitney; Director of Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation: David L. Silvernail;

  • Administrative Office, 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038
  • USM Undergraduate Admissions, 149 State Street, Gorham, ME, 04038
  • USM Graduate Admissions, 45 Exeter Street, Portland, ME 04104-9300
  • Center for Educational Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 140 School Street, Gorham, ME 04038
  • Office of Educator Preparation, 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME, 04038
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages, Portland, Me, 04104
  • Professional Development Center, 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038
  • Southern Maine Partnership, 222C Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038
  • TRiO Programs at USM, 7 College Ave., Gorham, ME, 04038

The School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), a division of the College of Management and Human Service, is proud to continue the strong commitment to education and service demonstrated by USM's predecessor institutions, beginning with Gorham Normal School in 1878. The School provides for the preparation and professional growth of educators and human development professionals through collaborative efforts with schools and agencies; other colleges at USM; local, state, and national educational networks; and the communities of southern Maine.

The School of Education and Human Development is comprised of five departments: the Counseling and Adult and Higher Education, the Educational Leadership Department, the Educational Psychology and Exceptionality Department, the Literacy, Language and Culture Department, and the Teacher Education Department. Through each of these departments, the School prepares professionals for teaching, counseling, school psychology, administration, and teacher leadership. The content knowledge, skills, and understandings needed for these areas form the heart of our programs. Common to all of these fields is an emphasis on connections and partnerships, reflection and critical inquiry, diversity, and performance assessment.

USM's School of Education and Human Development degree programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs at USM

With an historic dedication to teacher education dating back to 1878, the School of Education & Human Development, in partnership with colleges throughout the university, offers students the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate while still pursuing their specific major and academic goals.

USM undergraduate students pursue their major through a college, and then choose the content area for their teaching based on the major. The colleges that offer this teacher education option are Lewiston-Auburn; Management and Human Service; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science, Technology and Health.

In addition to completing the major, students also take the courses defined by their content area. This includes introduction to education, teaching methods, and student teaching. Students identify early in their major if they also want to pursue teacher certification. At the end of the student's undergraduate career at USM, he or she will have a bachelor's degree, major, and teacher certification in a content area related to their major.

Tk20 Online Data Management System for Educator Preparation Programs and Pathways

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an educator preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. 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 during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

 The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have challenging and extenuating  financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation).  Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs. 

Educator Preparation Programs and Pathways


  • Elementary Education, English major
  • Secondary Education, English major
  •  Elementary Education, History major
  • Secondary Education, History major
  • Elementary Education, Geography-Anthropology major
  • Secondary Education, Geography-Anthropology major
  • Secondary Education, Math major
  • K-12 Music Education major
  • K-12 Education, Studio Arts major
  • K-12 Education, French major
  • K-12 Education, Hispanic Studies major
  • K-12 Education, Classics major
  • Elementary Education, Arts and Humanities major at LAC
  • Secondary Education, Arts and Humanities major at LAC
  • Elementary Education, Natural and Applied Science major at LAC
  • Secondary Education, Natural and Applied Science major at LAC
  • Early Childhood Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences major at LAC



  • K-8 General Elementary Teacher Education
  • Secondary Teacher Certification, 7-12, (English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, Social Studies)

Abilities and Disabilities Studies

  • Teaching Students with Mild to Severe Disabilities Concentration

Counselor Education

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (LCPC) (Licensure)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC)
  • School Counseling, K-12

Literacy, Language, and Culture

  • K-12 Literacy Specialist
  • ESL Endorsement

Educational Leadership

  • Assistant Principalship
  • Athletic Administration
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • School Administration
  • Special Education Administration

School Psychology (Licensure)

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 body. Students may consult the certification body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.


The School of Education and Human Development has limited tuition scholarships available for continuing SEHD students. Awards are based on academic merit, professional promise, and financial need. Recipients must be currently matriculated students or applicants intending to take six or more credits per semester during the following year. Applications for graduate scholarships are available each January from the SEHD Dean's Office, 8 Bailey Hall, and are due March 1.