2016-17 Catalogs

Accelerated Pathway to M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (ETEP)

The Accelerated ETEP Pathway allows USM undergraduate students with an interest in teacher certification to have courses taken in their undergraduate sequence apply toward the graduate degree in Teaching and Learning. (ETEP)  This allows for exposure to education related courses over multiple years and a reduced course load during the intensive internship year. 

Requirements: at the undergraduate level:

Recommended Courses and Core:

  • HRD 200 Human Growth and Development (Sociocultural Analysis )
  • EDU 310 Purpose of Schools in a Democracy (Ethical Inquiry /International) or ADS 300 Ethics & Youth w/Exceptionalities (Ethical Inquiry)

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education (Core Diversity)
  • SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support

Apply for Accelerated pathway prior to enrolling in any 500 level courses

Requirements: at the graduate level (ETEP)

Required Graduate Courses:

Elementary  (K-8) (36 credits)

  • EDU 505 Teaching Math K-8
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
  • EDU 552 Teaching Science K-8
  • EDU 551 Teaching Social Studies K-8
  • EDU 565 Teaching Reading K-8
  • EDU 566 Teaching Writing K-8
  • EDU 644 Elementary Internship (6 credits)
  • EDU 646 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning I EDU 647 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning II

Secondary (7-12) and World Language (K-12) (33 credits)

  • EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas Through Literacy
  • EDU 521 Digital Literacies and Education
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
  • EDU 646 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning I
  • EDU 647 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning II EDU 652 Curriculum Evaluation and Design for Secondary Education
  • EDU 613 Secondary Internship (6 credits)

Content Area Methods Courses: One of the following (3 credits)

  • EDU 501 Secondary Science Methods
  • EDU 502 Secondary English Methods
  • EDU 503 Foreign Language Methods
  • EDU 504 Secondary Social Studies Methods
  • EDU 554 Secondary Mathematics Methods

Recommendation for initial teacher certification made after successful completion of the courses above, additional two courses below complete the Master's degree.

  • EDU 600 Research Methods
  • EDU 643 Inquiry in Education (may be substituted with EDU 607 Teacher Research in Literacy, SED 699 Directed Study in Special Education, or EDU 667 Professional Educator Capstone)

36 credits K-8 initial teacher certification and a master’s degree.

33 credits 7-12 initial teacher  certification and a master's degree


Application Requirements and Instructions for Accelerated ETEP Pathway

Deadline: Submission of applications is strongly recommended by Dec 1st but also accepted through Jan 30th of a given year

Submit the following:

  1. Accelerated ETEP Pathway application.  Application to the pathway must be submitted while completing 300 or 400 level courses, and prior to taking any 500 level course. You cannot be accepted until after the completion of SED 335.
  2. Submit the accelerated pathway application via the Tk20 Assessment System.
  3. Free Admissions Account and Application in Tk20: In addition to the materials listed below, you must also complete a free Tk20 Admissions Account and Application in order for your accelerated pathway application to be reviewed. The link to the instructions can be found here: http://usm.maine.edu/sites/default/files/teacher-education/Tk20-Admissions-Application-ETEP.pdf
  4. Praxis Core scores. Take and pass per Maine State Guidelines all three parts of the Praxis Core: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150, or a composite of 468 with no section being 3 points lower than the cut off.
  5. Three Recommendations: one from field placement supervisor/mentor, education professor, and major professor, each with a separate form for recommendation
  6. Résumé showing history of employment, education, and community service.
  7. Essay - a brief essay (2-3 pages) that responds to the following prompt: The challenge of teaching is helping to ensure ALL students are learning. What would a school look like that provides all students equal opportunity to learn? What practices to ensure ALL students are learning have you seen, know of, been a part of, or been inspired to emulate?
  8. Catalog of Experiences (2 to 3 pages): Provide an annotated list of experiences particularly significant in your development as a learner and prospective teacher.  Applicants should:
  • Describe your experiences working with children and/ or adolescents
  • Describe events that have deepened your understanding of the content area(s) you may teach
  • Reflect critically on what you have gained from those experiences, both personally and professionally.

Admission to the MS.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (MSED) for Accelerated ETEP Pathway students:

  • Students will apply to the MS.Ed in Teaching and Learning (ETEP) program using the standard graduate admission application upon satisfactory completion of the BA degree requirements, and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 for courses in the program, with grades no lower than a C in the following courses: SED 335 & SED 420. The graduate application can be found here: https://www.applyweb.com/usmaine/
  • Recommendations, Resume, Essay, Catalog of Experiences, and passing Praxis CORE scores from the Accelerated ETEP Pathway application will be used as part of the submission requirements of the graduate admission application.
  • Students will become fully matriculated in the MS.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (ETEP) program once all conditions for admission have been met.            

Scholarships: There are scholarships for education students and we highly suggest you apply for them, while applying to the program, or afterwards. http://usm.maine.edu/sehd/financial-aid