2014-15 Catalogs

School of Education and Human Development Overview

Associate Dean: Jean Whitney; 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; SEHD Chair: Walter Kimball

  • 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, 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038

Faculty by Program:

Adult and Higher Education: Professor: Brady; Lecturer: Day
Counseling: Associate Professors: Baruch, Bernacchio, Katsekas; Clinical Lecturer: Jones; Lecturer: Rosenberg
Educational Leadership: Professors: Capelluti,  Silvernail; Associate Professors: Beaudry, Curry; Assistant Professor: Cummings
Educational Psychology and School Psychology: Professor: Steege; Associate Professor: Brown-Chidsey; Lecturer:  Bickford
Literacy, Language and Culture: Associate Professors: Fallona, Stairs; Assistant Professor: Lapidus; Lecturer: Enrico
Special Education: Professor: Kimball; Associate Professors: Alexandrin, Curry; Lecturer: Red
Teacher Education: Associate Professors: Canniff, Jones, Kuech, Ross, Shank, Whitney; Lecturer: Needleman

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  seven programs: Adult and Higher Education, Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology and School Psychology, Literacy Education and ESL, Special Education, and Teacher Education. Through these programs, 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 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed with in the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

Undergraduate 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

Graduate Programs:

The School of Education and Human Development offers degrees and certificate programs in the following areas (programs are arranged alphabetically by master’s programs, doctoral programs, post-master’s certificate of advanced study, and certificates of graduate study):

Adult Education

  • Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Adult Learning


  • Master of Science in Counseling with concentrations in:
    • Clinical Mental Health
      • Substance Abuse Counseling Expertise Area
    • Rehabilitation
    • School
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community Certificate

Educational Leadership

  • Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education: Professional Educator
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Assistant Principal

Educational Psychology

  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (Post-master’s)

Literacy, Language, and Culture

  • Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy (for ETEP, TEAMS only)
  • Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Education
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in English as a Second Language
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Literacy

School Psychology

  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

Special Education

  • Master of Science in Special Education, with concentrations in:
    • In-Service (for already certified teachers)
    • Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (for initial teacher certification in 282 or 286)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Gifted and Talented
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching ALL Students
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Youth with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

Teacher Education

  • Master of Science in Education in Teaching and Learning (ETEP, TEAMS)
  • Master of Science in Education in Teaching and Learning – Montessori

School-Wide Certificate Program

  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Culturally Responsive Practices in Education and Human Development

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 associate dean of the School of Education and Human Development. Further appeals may be made to the associate provost for 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.

Technology Standards
Students in initial teacher certification and educational leadership certification programs are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for the purpose of leveraging the use of technology in K-12 education. The relevant groupings of standards are: NETS.T – teacher technology standards and NETS.A – Administrator technology standards.

Addtional 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.