2014-15 Catalogs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Youth with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities

This certificate is a set of courses especially designed for educators who are working with youth who have moderate-to-severe disabilities and would like to improve their skills and knowledge in working effectively with these youth. This certificate supports educators who work in both inclusionary and non-inclusionary settings.

Total Required Credits: 12 Credits
     SED 612 Youth with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
     SED 621 Teaching Functional Life Skills
     SED 622 Within School Transitions
     Elective Course (3 credits) – approved by program coordinator

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution and relevant professional experience. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Application Deadline:

Rolling with priority deadlines: May 1 for fall matriculation, October 15 for spring matriculation.

  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
  • A submitted online graduate certificate admission application; including a $25 non-refundable fee;

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript;

  • Current resume;
  • Personal statement describing why you are applying to the program; and
  • Completed and signed Teacher Credential Summary Form.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's degree or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.