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
  • TRiO programs at USM, 7 College Ave, Gorham, ME 04038
  • Southern Maine Partnership, 222C Bailey Hall, 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).

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.

Graduate Admission and Academic Policies and Requirements

In addition to the general policies described in the graduate section of the School of Education and Human Development catalog, specific policies for individual programs reside with the program section.

Admissions Appeals

Applicants may appeal an admissions decision by submitting a written appeal to the department chair for the appropriate program within thirty days of notification of rejection. The appeal will be reviewed by the appropriate program faculty and the chair will notify the applicant of action taken on the appeal. Should the applicant wish to pursue the appeal process further, a written appeal should be submitted to the association dean of the School of Education and Human Development. Further appeals may be made to the associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies. For assistance in this appeals process please contact the assistant dean of Graduate Studies at (207) 780-4812.

Undergraduate Credits

Graduate credit will not be given for courses taken to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Any other advanced undergraduate-level courses must be approved in advance by appropriate School of Education and Human Development graduate faculty if those credits are to be applied to fulfill graduate program requirements.

Course Waivers

Should a student wish to waive course requirements or request course substitutions, he or she must contact his or her faculty advisor to work out program changes. No more than six hours of academic credit may be waived or substituted. Waived courses must be substituted with elective credits. Please see course waiver policy under Special Admission Requirements for individual programs.

Comprehensive Examination/Portfolio/Practicum/Capstone Project

All degree students must complete a comprehensive examination/portfolio/practicum/capstone project that will assess the student's breadth and depth of knowledge of the program field. Please consult each program of study for specific information regarding comprehensives, portfolios, practica, or capstone projects.

Degree students will have an opportunity to receive an examination briefing at least two weeks prior to the examination date, and the criteria to be used in evaluating the examination will be available in written form. In addition, students have the right to receive an explanation of the examination results.

Master's Thesis

A degree student may earn up to six credit hours for completing a master's thesis. Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor regarding thesis requirements.


The Leadership Council, comprised of Department chairs and selected faculty and staff from the School, is the governing body for program review and evaluation for all advanced level professional education programs at USM. The Professional Education Council, comprised of deans, department chairs, faculty, and school representatives from all programs offering initial teacher preparation, is the governing body for program review and evaluation for initial level teacher education programs at USM.

Technology Standards

Recommended Entry Standards for Students in SEHD

In order to engage successfully in program and department communication and in course learning activities, students should be able to:

  • operate a computer system in order to use software successfully;
  • use e-mail communication applications, e.g., attachments, nicknames, signature, sending, replying, forwarding, cutting and pasting from documents, utilizing a listserv, organizing messages;
  • access and use appropriate library databases;
  • use word-processing productivity tools;
  • access and use the World Wide Web; and
  • use remote access to the University (if applicable).

Students admitted into programs in SEHD who need further training in any of the above areas should use the following resources for computer support:

  • USM computer workshops (Call [207] 780-4029 for more information.)
  • USM computer labs (Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn College campuses)
  • USM HelpDesk: (207) 780-4029

Additional Information

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for graduate students. Assistants must carry a minimum of six graduate credit hours per semester. Duties may involve teaching, research, advising, office administration, and supervision of students/interns. Applications for assistantships are available from the SEHD Administrative Office, 8 Bailey Hall. The recommended application deadline is March 1.


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 graduate 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.

Assessment Center Lab Fees

The Assessment Center lab fees will be charged to all students who enroll in the specified classes for which Assessment Center materials are required. All students, regardless of campus or location, are expected to pay the fees because the tests are mailed to students who take the courses from a distance. If a course instructor decides to require use of the Assessment Center as part of a course, and that course does not have a lab fee collected at the time of registration, the Assessment Center reserves the right to charge each student in the class a one-time lab fee of no more than $50 to cover the costs associated with his or her use of Center materials for that class.

Graduate Programs

The School of Education and Human Development offers coursework at the undergraduate level to support the education pathways. It also has numerous education and human development options available as post-bachelor certificates of graduate study, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates of advanced study, and a doctoral degree. For a full listing of degrees and certificates use the “degrees and certificates” link under the School of Education and Human Development.