Special Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in Gifted and Talented Education

This certificate is a subset of courses from the Special Education program, especially designed for educators who are interested in working with students who have gifts and talents, either in general education classrooms or in special resource programs. After completing the Gifted and Talented certificate, educators can apply through the state for an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education.  All gifted and talented courses are taught on a two-year rotation cycle, which can be found on the Special Education website.

Total Required Credits: 12

Required Course (3 credits)  

  • SED 550 Teaching Students who are Gifted in the Regular Classroom

Three electives, resulting in 9 credits, selected from the following:

  • SED 659 Education of students who are Gifted and Talented
  • SED 660 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students who are Gifted
  • SED 662 Creative Intelligence and Learners who is Gifted
  • SED 666 Models of Education for Students who are Gifted and Talented
  • SED 667 Social/Emotional Needs of Students who are Gifted/Talented

Or other gifted courses approved by the Maine Department of Certification and the academic advisor

Applicant Qualifications

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and hold a professional or the equivalent of teacher certification in any area from any state. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline

Rolling with priority deadlines: May 1 for fall matriculation, October 15 for spring matriculation.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: 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 describing why you are applying to the program; and
  • Proof of teacher certification: Visit Proof of Teacher Certification webpage for how to submit evidence.
  • 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.

 

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.