2016-17 Catalogs

School of Education and Human Development Overview

Associate Dean: Mark Steege; Director of Educator Preparation:TBD; Director of Academic Administration: Kimberly Warren;  Director of Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation: Catherine Fallona; Department of Adult and Higher Education, Counseling, and Educational Leadership Chair: Jeffery Beaudry; Department of Teaching and Learning Chair: Julie Alexandrin

  • Administrative Office, 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038
  • USM Admissions, Abromson Center, 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
  • Southern Maine Partnership, 8 Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038

Faculty by Program:

Adult and Higher Education: Professor: Brady
Counseling: Associate Professors: Baruch, Bernacchio, Katsekas; Assistant Professor: De La Garza; Clinical Lecturer: Jones; Lecturer: Rosenberg
Educational Leadership: Professor: Capelluti, Associate Professor: Beaudry; Assistant Professor: Stewart-McCafferty
Educational Psychology and School Psychology: Professor: Steege
Literacy, Language and Culture: Professor: Fallona; Associate Professor: Stairs; Assistant Professor: Lapidus; Lecturer: Enrico
Special Education: Professor: Kimball; Associate Professor: Alexandrin; Lecturer: Red
Teacher Education: Associate Professors: Kuech, Ross, 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 composed 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 each of 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).

Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs at USM

With a historic dedication to teacher education dating back to 1878, the School of Education and Human Development, in partnership with colleges throughout the university, offers students the opportunity to earn a teaching certificate while still pursuing their specific major and academic goals.

USM undergraduate students pursue their major through a college, and then choose the content area for their teaching based on the major. The colleges that offer this teacher education option are Lewiston-Auburn; Management and Human Service; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and Science, Technology, and Health.

In addition to completing the major, students also take the courses defined by their content area. This includes introduction to education, teaching methods, and student teaching. Students identify early in their major if they also want to pursue teacher certification. At the end of the student's undergraduate career at USM, he or she will have a bachelor's degree, major, and teacher certification in a content area related to their major.

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 and are accepted as a candidate for their internship year are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system once being accepted as a teacher education candidate and prior to their internship year. 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 after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website: 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 within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

Assessment Benchmarks

Undergraduate students in initial teacher certification pathways must submit a formal Declaration Application in Tk20 during the first year at USM and/or before completing 45 credits. In order to start an internship, initial teacher certification students are required to complete the Candidacy Review Process. Final recommendation for certification will only be conferred upon successful completion of all program elements and State of Maine requirements. 

Professional and Technology Standards
Students in professional education programs and pathways (i.e., initial teacher certification) are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the InTASC standards and 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.


Educator Preparation Programs and Pathways


  • Secondary Education, Biology major
  • Secondary Education, Chemistry major
  • Elementary Education, English major
  • Secondary Education, English major
  • Secondary Education, Environmental Science major
  • Elementary Education, History major
  • Secondary Education, History major
  • Elementary Education, Geography-Anthropology major
  • Secondary Education, Geography-Anthropology major
  • Secondary Education, Math major
  • Secondary Education, Physics major
  • K-8 STEM Education Self-Designed major
  • K-12 Music Education major
  • K-12 Education, Studio Arts major
  • 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



  • K-8 General Elementary Teacher Education
  • Secondary Teacher Certification, 7-12 (English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, Social Studies)
  • Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Program

Counselor Education

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (LCPC) (Licensure)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC)
  • School Counseling, K-12

Educational Leadership

  • Assistant Principalship
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • School Administration
  • Special Education Administration

Literacy, Language, and Culture

  • K-12 Literacy Specialist
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

School Psychology (Licensure)

Special Education

  • Teaching Students with Mild to Severe Disabilities Concentration:  Initial Teacher Certification in Special Education
  • Inservice Teacher Strand for currently certified teachers

In addition to educator preparation programs, the School of Education and Human Development offers degrees and certificate programs in the following areas of study.

SEHD Degrees and Certificates


  • Certificate in Athletic Coaching
  • Minor in Athletic Coaching
  • Minor in Educational Studies

Graduate Programs:

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
      • Clinical Rehabilitation Expertise Area
    • 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 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)
    • Pre-Service: Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (for initial teacher certification in 282 )
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Gifted and Talented
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching ALL Students

Teacher Education

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

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, fingerprinting, or drug screening. In addition, teacher education pathways and programs require that students submit evidence of their criminal history record check prior to field experiences and internships. 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.


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 credits per semester during the following year. Applications for graduate scholarships are available each January from the SEHD, 8 Bailey Hall, and are due March 1.