2020-21 Catalogs

MS in Special Education - Integrated General Education and Special Education Initial Teacher Certification

The concentration has three outcomes:

  1. USM Master of Science in Special Education
  2. Recommendation for 020 K-8 elementary or 7-12 content area teacher certification
  3. Recommendation for K-8 or 7-12 282 Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

The online concentration is designed to be completed in two years, or six semesters.  It can be extended to three years, or seven to nine semesters.  USM works in partnership with school districts, special purpose schools, and state approved agencies to make the program available to education technicians and others employed in education. An Individual Internship Plan (IIP) designed by school district, university, and candidate to accommodate employment responsibilities, program requirements, and family needs.

K-8 Certification - 51 credits (all courses are three credits unless noted)

  • EDU 505 Teaching Mathematics K-8
  • EDU 551 Elementary Social Studies Methods for All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 552 Elementary Science Methods for All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity 
  • EDU 565 Teaching Reading K-8 for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds,     
  • EDU 566 Introduction to Writing Process for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds    
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques 
  • SED 518 Targeted and Individualized Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities     
  • SED 520  Multi-Tiered Systems of Classroom Support 
  • SED/EDU 586 Integrated Internship  (9 cr) Topics: Technology, Transition & Family Collaboration, Special Education Eligibility Assessment 
  • SED 615  Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports 
  • SED 625 Multi-Tier Mathematics Instruction and Assessment 
  • SED 627  Multi-Tier Reading Instruction and Assessment 
  • SED 682  Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team
  • SED 699  Special Education Research Capstone

 Secondary 7-12 - 48 credits (all courses are three credits unless noted)

  • EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas through Literacy for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity 
  • EDU 566 Introduction to Writing Process for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques  
  • SED 518 Targeted and Individualized Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities   
  • SED 520  Multi-Tiered Systems of Classroom Support    
  • SED 586 Integrated Internship  (9 cr)  Focus Topics: Technology, Transition & Family Collaboration, Special Education Eligibility Assessment
  • SED 615  Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
  • SED 625 Multi-Tier Mathematic Instruction and Assessment
  • SED 627  Multi-Tier Reading Instruction and Assessment 
  • SED 682  Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team 
  • SED 693 Transitions Among Schools, Agencies, and Community 
  • SED 699 Directed Study 
  • Content Area Methods Courses: One of the following (3 cr)
         EDU 501 Secondary Science Methods for All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
         EDU 502 English Methods for Secondary Teachers of All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
         EDU 503 World Language Methods for all Learners Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
         EDU 504 Secondary Social Studies Methods for All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
         EDU 554 Secondary Mathematics Methods

Tk20

Tk20 by 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/student teaching year are required to subscribe to Tk20. Students use Tk20 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 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 Maine Department of Education for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to her/his 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).

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 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.