Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Certificate of Graduate Study in Proficiency Based Education

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Proficiency Based Education (PBE) is designed to accommodate educators, and other holders of baccalaureate degrees who wish to obtain a knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for Proficiency Based Education. Certificate completers are able to plan effective PBE instruction for their students. Students who complete program requirements receive official transcript recognition of their work and a certificate from the University.

Total Required Credits: 12   

Required:  

  • EDU 530 Proficiency Based Education, part 1
  • EDU 530 Proficiency Based Education, part 2
  • EDU 531 Proficiency Based Education, part 3

Choose one from:  

  • EDU 607 Teacher Research and Literacy
  • EDU 643 Inquiry in Education
  • HRD 667 Action Research and Evaluation Methodologies
  • SED 699 Special Education Research Capstone

Application Procedures and Required Materials 

Application Deadline:

This is a cohort-based certificate offered through the Professional Development Center. Applications are accepted when there is a cohort. For more information contact the Professional Development Center.

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.
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English may be 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 edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation

International Applicants

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.

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.