2020-21 Catalogs

School of Education and Human Development Overview

Associate Dean: Andrea Stairs-Davenport; Director of Educator Preparation: Andrew Hudacs; Director of Academic Administration: Kimberly Warren;  Director of Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation: Amy Johnson; Department of Counseling Chair: Adele Baruch; Department of Educational and School Psychology Chair: Jamie Pratt; Department of Literacy, Language and Culture Chair: Alexander Lapidus; Department of Teacher Education Chair: Flynn Ross

  • 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; Assistant Professor: McRobbie
Counseling: Associate Professors: Baruch, Bernacchio, Katsekas; Assistant Professor: Correa, Yasui; Lecturer: Katopis
Educational Leadership: Professor: Beaudry, Associate Professor: Stewart-McCafferty; Assistant Professors: Atkinson Duina, Hawes
Educational Psychology and School Psychology: Professor: Steege; Assistant Professors: Pratt, Wickerd
Literacy, Language and Culture: Professor Stairs-Davenport; Associate Professor: Lapidus; Assistant Professor: Butler
Special Education: Professor: Kimball; Assistant Professor: Brown; Lecturer: Red
Teacher Education: Professor: Whitney; Associate Professors: Kuech, Ross, Assistant Professor: Schmitt; 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 at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level: 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.

State Approval and National Accreditation

Our undergraduate and graduate educator preparation programs are state approved and nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Our Counselor Education program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Tk20 Online Data Management System for Educator Preparation Programs and Pathways

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).

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. 

Teacher Education Programs

We have a rich history of preparing teachers since the founding of Gorham Normal School in 1878. Currently, we have undergraduate pathways for, elementary and middle, and high school teaching. Our teacher education program is distinct: students learn to teach in real world settings through field experiences beginning in their first year and receive superior content preparation, earning a degree in a liberal arts or science field.

Students in the teacher education program:

  1. Select a teacher certification area in elementary (K-8), secondary (7-12 English, 7-12 Mathematics, 7-12 Social Studies, 7-12 Physical Science, or 7-12 Life Science), or K-12 (world language, art or music).
  2. Pursue Core Requirements and Participate in Field Experiences
  3. Select a major (elementary or a secondary content area)
  4. Complete an Internship Experience

The teacher education program culminates in a year-long internship experience during which students complete their professional teacher preparation courses and student teaching in urban or suburban early childhood, elementary, middle or high schools located in southern Maine partner school districts. At the time of degree completion, students will have met the degree requirements for a major and for initial teacher certification.

The following majors have elementary teacher education pathways:

The following majors have secondary teacher education pathways:

In addition to the teacher education program the School of Education and Human Development offers degrees and certificate programs in the following areas of study.


  • 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
      • Family Systems
      • Substance Abuse Counseling Expertise Area
    • Rehabilitation
    • Clinical Rehabilitation
    • School
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Culturally Responsive Practices in Education and Human Development
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community Certificate

Educational Leadership

  • Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership
    • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
    • Self-Design
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Assistant Principal
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy (a joint degree with the Muskie School of Public Service)

Educational Psychology

  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology
  • 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)
    • Initial K-12 ESL Certification
  • 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

Montessori Early Childhood Education

  • Master of Science in Education in Montessori Early Childhood Education

School Psychology

  • Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

Special Education

  • Master of Science in Special Education, with concentrations in:
    • Effective Instruction and Assessment for Students with Suspected and Identified Disabilities
    • Pre-Service: Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (for initial teacher certification in 282 )
  • In-Service (for already certified teachers)
  • Integrated General Education and Special Education
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Gifted and Talented

Teaching and Learning

  • Master of Science in Education in Teaching and Learning (ETEP)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Teaching and Assessment Practices to Meet Learning Expectations

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 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 December 1. Applications can also be found on the USM Scholarship website.