MSEd in Teaching and Learning (MTL) - Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)
The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) prepares candidates for initial teacher certification in Maine. Faculty are committed to providing our teacher candidates simultaneous classroom experiences and course work that help them connect the everyday work with students to theories and research. Through the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP), students engage in an intense graduate level internship and post-internship course work to complete the Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning (M.S.Ed.- MTL) ETEP, a nationally recognized teacher certification program, includes options for an intensive nine-month, full-time program and a 2 year program with methods courses in the first year and internship courses in the second year. We in ETEP are dedicated to ensuring that USM’s teacher candidates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach in the increasingly diverse and demanding schools of today. We are committed to providing our teacher candidates classroom experiences and course work that help them ground their daily practice in current research-based best practices and educational theory.
We work closely with practicing administrators and teachers in partner schools to place our teaching candidates in the collaborative, professional environments that allow them to observe and reflect on excellent teaching. In university classes, USM teaching candidates work together in teaching cohorts to share and challenge ideas. Through all of these experiences, USM teaching candidates come to understand the complexities and joys of teaching.
The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) consists of the internship and the master's degree in teaching and learning. The program offers two different options to meet the various needs of students.
- Nine-Month Option (K-8 or 7-12)
- Two-year Option (K-8 or 7-12)
This is an intensive experience that integrates both theory and practice in a school-based program. Interns progress through the program as part of a cohort with other teacher education candidates and complete two semesters of mentored internship in public school classrooms. The internship prepares students to teach in one of the following areas:
- Elementary and Middle Level (K-8)
- English (7-12)
- World Languages (K-12)
- Life Science (7-12)
- Mathematics (7-12)
- Physical Science (7-12)
- Social Studies (7-12)
The teacher education programs hold national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted. The exact sequence of courses will vary, depending on cohort, concentration, and program option.
Elementary (K-8) (42 credits)
EDU 505 Teaching Mathematics K-8
EDU 522 Foundations of Language and Literacy Development
EDU 551 Teaching Social Studies K-8
EDU 552 Teaching Science K-8
EDU 565 Teaching Reading for All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 566 Teaching Writing for All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 543 Professional Internship in Elementary Education (6 credits)
EDU 546 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning – I
EDU 547 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning-II
SED 520 Multi-tiered Systems of Classroom Support
SED 540 Learners who are Exceptional in General Education
Secondary (7-12) and World Language (K-12) (39 credits)
EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas Through Literacy for All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 522 Foundations of Language and Literacy Development
EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
EDU 550 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (6 credits)
EDU 546 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning I
EDU 547 Planning and Assessment for Proficiency-Based Learning II
EDU 652 Curriculum Evaluation and Design for Secondary Teachers of All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
SED 520 Multi-tiered Systems of Classroom Support
SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
Content Area Methods Courses: One of the following (3 credits)
EDU 501 Secondary Science Methods
EDU 502 English Methods for Secondary Teachers of All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
EDU 503 Foreign Language Methods
EDU 504 Secondary Social Studies Methods
EDU 554 Secondary Mathematics Methods
After the certification year, students have five years to complete the additional six credits for their MSEd. Degree completion from a distance on-line is possible in the course sequence.
EDU 600 Research Methods (3 credits)
EDU 643 Inquiry in Education (3 credits)
(EDU 643 may be substituted with SED 699 Directed Study in Special Education, or EDU 667 Professional Educator Capstone)
The faculty of the School of Education and Human Development reserve the right to accept and retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, maturity, and personal suitability for teaching. The program maintains the ability to change admission and/or program requirements as needed to meet changes in state certification standards.
The following are pathways to additional certifications or endorsements an MSEd graduate might consider.
Endorsement for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) may be obtained through our TESOL program FMI: https://usm.maine.edu/tesol
Master of Science in Special Education
Candidates who want to complete an initial certification in 282 Teacher of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and receive the Master of Science in Special Education may apply to the Special Education Program. The initial certification requires 30 credit hours; an additional 6 credits is needed to complete the Master’s degree. FMI: http://usm.maine.edu/special-education
TK20 (Watermark) is the comprehensive web-based, assessment management and reporting system used by all students in Educator Preparation programs at USM. All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program at USM and are accepted as a candidate for their internship year are required to subscribe to Tk20. Students use Tk20 (Watermark) to provide evidence they have mastered state and professional standards for their profession. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, TK20 (Watermark) is eligible for consideration as part of educational 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 at http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation.
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).
For more detailed application information, please refer to the How to Apply webpage.
Minimum Requirements for Academic Preparation:
An earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program. Applicants who do not have a 3.0 overall GPA must enclose a letter asking for special consideration, in which they provide evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet eligibility requirements may be automatically denied.
Applicants must show completion of required academic content for the intended certification area (can be in progress at the time of application)
Praxis Core scores that meet the state of Maine's certification requirements (see detail in Testing Requirements)
Relevant Experience and Professional Potential:
- prior experiences working with school-aged children in instructional or leadership situations
- a learner-centered educational philosophy
- self-knowledge, maturity, and sensitivity toward others
- ability to adapt to, and learn from, new and challenging situations
- excellent written and oral communication skills
Application Procedures and Required Materials
- January 31
- Rolling admissions through May 1 only if certain certification areas have openings. See website for details.
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee:Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required.
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: Please write a thoughful response to the following prompt. The challenge of teaching is helping to ensure ALL students are provided with an equitable learning experience. 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?
- Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential for pursuing graduate level academic work, experience working with child and youth, and dispositions for being a professional teacher. Recommendations are easily submitted using our online application form. The recommendations should be from persons able to comment from direct knowledge of the applicant's potential for success as a teacher and graduate student.
- Praxis Core Test report.
- Catalog of Experiences (see below).
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to email@example.com. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation
All individuals seeking Maine teacher certification must achieve minimum scores on a basic skills assessment in reading, writing, and math. Praxis Core is therefore a requirement for admission into the M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (ETEP). To pass Praxis Core applicants must have a composite score of 468 (or higher), including all scores within three points of passing. Passing scores: Reading – 156; Writing – 162; Math – 150.
For information about the application process and special admission requirements of the Extended Teacher Education Program, contact the USM Office of Admissions, Abromson Center, Portland, ME 04104-9300, (207) 780-5306, or visit How to Apply.
Catalog of Experiences
Select a range of personal, educational or professional experiences working with children or adolescents that have been particularly significant in your development as a learner and a prospective teacher. Reflect carefully on each experience indicating what you learned about children, your content and yourself.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
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.