2016-17 Catalogs

Accelerated Special Education Initial Certification Pathway

The Accelerated Special Education Initial Certification Pathway allows USM undergraduate students with an interest in special education certification to have courses taken in their undergraduate sequence apply toward the graduate degree in M.S. in Special Education. This allows for exposure to education related courses over multiple years and a reduced course load while in the graduate program.

Requirements at the undergraduate level:

Recommended Courses and Core:

  • HRD 200 Human Growth and Development (Sociocultural Analysis (SCA)
  • ADS 300 Ethics & Youth w/Exceptionalities (Ethical Inquiry) or EDU 310 Purpose of Schools in a Democracy (Ethical Inquiry /International)
  • SED 420 Multi- tiered Systems of Educational Support

Required Courses (12 credits):

  • SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities  in General Education (Core Diversity)
    a grade of "C" or better is required fro SED 335
  • EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (Core Diversity)
  • SPY 425 Multi-Tier Mathematics Instruction for General and Special Education
  • SPY 427 Multi-Tier Reading Instruction for General and Special Education

Apply for Accelerated Program prior  to enrolling in any 500 level courses.

Please note: If you take SED 518 while still an undergraduate meet with Financial Aid to adjust your financial aid package to include the taking of this one graduate course.

Requirements at the graduate level:

Required courses (30 credits):

  • SED 518 Instructional Strategies for Learners with Special Needs (Take last year of undergrad)
  • SED 615 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • SED 653 Assessment  in Special Education
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team
  • SED 693 Transitions Among Agency, School, and Community
  • SED 687 Technology for communicating and learning
  • SED 688 Internship in Special Education for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (year long) (6 cr)
  • EDU 600 Research Methods
  • SED 699 Directed Study

42 credits 282 Special Education certification and a Master’s degree.


Application Requirements and Instructions for Accelerated Special Education Initial Certification Pathway

Deadline: rolling

Submit the following:

  1. Accelerated Special Education Initial Certification Pathway Application. Application to the pathway must be submitted while completing last 300 level course and prior to any 400 level course.
  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-AdmissionsApplication-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 each field placement supervisor/mentor, education professor, and major professor, each with a separate form for recommendation
  6. Essay: a brief essay (300-500 words) that responds to the following prompt: Please describe what you think it means as a teacher to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students. How do you see yourself providing equitable opportunities to learn for your students? Illustrate your thinking by using specific examples.


Admission to the M.S. in Special Education for the Accelerated Special Education Initial Certification Pathway

  • Students will apply to the M.S. in Special Education 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 420, SPY 425, and SPY 427. The graduate application can be found here: https://www.applyweb.com/usmaine/
  • Recommendations, Resume, Essay, and passing Praxis CORE scores from Accelerated Special Education Initial Certification Pathway application will be used as part of the submission requirements of the graduate admission application.
  • Students will become fully matriculated in the M.S. in Special Education 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