2015-16 Catalogs

Professional & Continuing Education

Program Areas

Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL)

The Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) offers the following resources to USM faculty, staff, and students: learning design support, faculty development, and support with the use of learning technologies including the Blackboard learning management system. With the goal of expanding higher education opportunities for the people of Maine and beyond, CTEL focuses it efforts on supporting courses and academic programs that attract new audiences to USM, for example, place-bound or working adults. CTEL works closely with other USM units including the Glickman Library, ITMS, Learning Commons, and Faculty Commons. CTEL delivers the following year-round programming: monthly CTEL Speaker Series, monthly CTEL Newsletters, biweekly CTEL Workshops. CTEL also offers the following grant programs: CTEL Course Design grants, CTEL Technology-Enhanced Learning grants, and CTEL Travel Awards. Contact CTEL by email: ctel-help@usm.maine.edu, or online: usm.maine.edu/ctel.


USM Online

PCE works with academic departments to offer undergraduate and graduate programs in a fully online format. For 2015-16, the following programs are available online:

·       Undergraduate Degrees

B.S. in Applied Technical Leadership

B.S. in Business Administration, General Management, Generalist Track

B.A. in Communication

B.S. in Leadership and Organizational Studies

B.S. in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Integrative Professional Studies Track

B.A. in Liberal Studies, Humanities Track

B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences


         Undergraduate Certificates

·         Certificate in Gerontology

·         Certificate in Leadership Studies

·         Certificate in Creative Leadership and Global Strategy


         Graduate Degrees

         M.S. in Adult and Higher Education

·         M.S. in Special Education

·         M.A. in Leadership Studies      


         Graduate Certificates

         Certificate of Graduate Study in Leadership

·         Certificate of Graduate Study in Creative Leadership and Global Strategy


Online Student Advising

PCE also provides student support services for online students. Students who matriculate into an online degree or certificate program are assigned to an Online Advisor who provides continuous support through graduation.  The Online Advisor helps students access a wide variety of resources including academic, career, and financial services.  The Online Advisor is available for appointments through in-person visits, telephone and email communication, and online meetings. Together, the student and online advisor create a path to successful degree completion and graduation by harnessing the resources of the university community to create an enriching student experience.


USM Summer

USM Summer offers nearly 500 courses, both on campus and online, in condensed formats ranging from one to seven weeks. In addition, a variety of innovative institutes and conferences are sponsored during the summer months. Contact us by email at summer@usm.maine.edu or online at usm.maine.edu/summer


USM Winter

USM Winter offers online courses during the break between fall and spring semesters. This term provides an opportunity for students who want to accelerate their degree progress. Contact us by email at winter@usm.maine.edu or online at usm.maine.edu/winter


USM Weekend

USM Weekend offers a variety of courses from Friday evenings through Saturday afternoons each term, making onsite, traditional academic coursework more feasible for working adults.


Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs (PDP) provide professional development opportunities for individuals with a focus on intensive, in-depth certificate programs and short-term, skills-based courses including Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, Agile, Communication, Human Resource Management, Supervision and Leadership, and Grant Writing. These noncredit programs earn CEUs that are required by some professions for re-licensure. PDP also offers customized training to meet the specific business needs of local organizations. Training can be delivered at the Abromson Center in Portland or on site. Contact us by email at pce@usm.maine.edu, by phone at (207) 780-5900, or online at usm.maine.edu/pdp.


Conference Services

Conference Services provides comprehensive event planning services to internal and external groups accessing USM facilities for meetings, conferences or other functions. Services (including space rentals, catering, registration, reporting, logistics, and planning) are available both on and off site. Contact us by phone at (207) 780-5960, email at conferences@usm.maine.edu, or online at usm.maine.edu/conferences.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM is a membership organization for people 50 years and older, committed to providing a variety of intellectually challenging courses and activities in a creative and inclusive learning community. An extensive array of liberal arts and science courses are peer taught by volunteer faculty. There are no entrance requirements or grades, and no college background is needed. OLLI at USM also sponsors lectures including the SAGE series, social activities, and educational travel. Membership and course fees are affordable and scholarships are available. Contact us by phone at (207) 780-4406 or online at usm.maine.edu/olli.


Maine Senior College Network (MSCN)

The Maine Senior College Network, unique in the nation, is a consortium of 17 Senior Colleges in communities throughout Maine. The MSCN, administered by the University of Southern Maine, provides communication links and resources for the geographically dispersed organizations. It also promotes and advocates for senior colleges and their activities statewide and helps link individuals with senior colleges in their communities. MSCN can be contacted at 207-780-4128 or www.maineseniorcollege.org.