Mar 23, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EDUCATION (All Degrees)

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About the College

The College of Education and Human Development is the largest provider of undergraduate and graduate professional education programs and educational policy research in Maine. The College’s graduate programs prepare teachers and other specialists to apply research-based knowledge, field-tested experience and the latest technology to help address the changing needs of schools, colleges, children and families. As the home of statewide, regional and national research and professional development programs, the College’s work is informed and innovative.

Graduate programs are designed to enrich and extend theory, practice and leadership. The hallmark of graduate work at the College is mentoring-working closely with a faculty advisor whose goal is to ensure that student programs meet unique needs. Small classes, led by widely recognized faculty, encourage debate, inquiry, and discussion based on real experiences and current issues. Flexibility is built into individual programs to allow the greatest impact in specific areas of need. This same commitment to individual growth and inquiry is ingrained in outreach and distance education. Faculty members travel around the state each year to teach graduate courses and consult with cohorts of students who live too far from campus for a reasonable commute, and offer many courses using distance formats.


The College’s educator preparation programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Maine Department of Education.

Financial Aid

A number of College of Education and Human Development graduate assistantships are available for qualified students from the master through the doctoral levels. A decision on financial aid is made only after a completed application for admission has been received and approved. The College administers the Linda N. Lancaster Fund, which is designated to help cover some professional development expenses of graduate students, such as travel to conferences. Graduate Assistantships in various student affairs offices, based on application to the specific office, serve a number of students especially in our programs in Higher Education and Student Development. This catalog describes other financial aid opportunities elsewhere.

Overview of Degrees

The College offers a variety of graduate programs leading to the Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, the Certificate of Advanced Study, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees require a dissertation. The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees require a thesis; the Certificate of Advanced Study, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching are non-thesis programs. A number of specialty areas or concentrations are available for each degree program. Graduate students, in consultation with their advisors, plan their programs based on Graduate School and College requirements, certification guidelines, professional association recommendations, and individual goals. More information about specific graduate programs is available on the College of Education and Human Development website

Master of Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is intended to enhance the preparation of educational professionals in specialty areas. The degree is granted on completion of a planned program of study that includes a minimum of 33-60 semester hours, depending on the discipline. Those semester hours may include up to 6 hours of approved transfer coursework from a fully accredited college or university which would be acceptable at that institution in partial fulfillment of its requirements for a graduate degree, or up to 12 hours of approved transfer coursework from the University of Maine. In lieu of a thesis, M.Ed. programs require completion of a comprehensive paper, project, portfolio, or oral examination, generally during the final semester or year of study. The purpose of this requirement is to enable demonstration of learning that has taken place across the program as a whole. All work for the M.Ed. program must be completed within six years of matriculation.

Eligibility for admission to M.Ed. programs is based on completion of prerequisites for the specific program. Some PreK-12 programs require prior teacher certification. However, an applicant from another undergraduate program may establish eligibility by meeting essential prerequisites. In accordance with Graduate School regulations, all thesis candidates must take the Graduate Record Examination. Non-thesis candidates may take either the Miller Analogies Test or the GRE, if required by their specific program. Applicants should allow up to six weeks for scores to be sent to the Graduate School.

Certificate of Advanced Study

The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) provides a cohesive program of professional development beyond the master’s level for educational specialists. A master’s degree in the C.A.S. subject matter or related area is required for admission. The program of study is individually planned by the student and the student’s advisor. For candidates with a master’s degree in the subject matter, a minimum of 30 credit hours of work beyond the master’s level is required to earn the C.A.S. Candidates without a master’s degree in the subject matter will be required to complete additional credits beyond the program’s minimum degree requirements. Candidates must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in professional education coursework at the 500- and/or 600-level at the University of Maine. All work for the C.A.S. must be completed within six years.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree requires a thesis and a minimum of 30 credit hours including credit given for the thesis. The minimum amount of credit for the thesis is 6 hours and in no case may it exceed 15 hours. A graduate student working toward a Master of Arts degree must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours (exclusive of thesis) of 500- and/or 600- level coursework.

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree requires a thesis and a minimum of 30 credit hours including credit given for the thesis. The minimum amount of credit for the thesis is 6 hours and in no case may it exceed 15 hours. A graduate student working toward a Master of Science degree must successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours (exclusive of thesis) of 500- and/or 600- level coursework.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a 36-45 credit hour program for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in an academic area other than education and wish to pursue certification for a career in teaching. The M.A.T. is a full-time 12-month program that runs June to June. It includes all professional education courses and school internships required for Maine state teacher certification. The M.A.T. prepares individuals for certification in elementary education (K-8); English, mathematics, life and physical sciences, and social studies at the secondary level (7-12); and foreign languages (K-12). Applicants must submit passing scores, as determined by the State of Maine, on the Praxis I exam. Applicants must also submit passing scores on the Praxis II exam in the appropriate subject area prior to student teaching. Additionally, applicants who wish to be considered for competitively awarded graduate scholarships are encouraged to submit scores on the GRE or Miller Analogies Test. Applicants should also have their undergraduate transcripts evaluated by the Maine Department of Education to determine if they have taken the academic courses necessary to obtain teacher certification in at least one endorsement area. Applicants must be within two courses of completion of those academic prerequisites and complete them prior to receiving the M.A.T.

Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and/or concentrations within the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) are offered in the specialty areas of Counselor Education (Ph.D., program at capacity; no applications accepted 2014-2015), Educational Leadership (Ph.D), Higher Education (Ed.D., Ph.D.), Literacy (Ph.D.), Prevention and Intervention Studies (Ph.D.), and STEM Education (Ph.D.). When resources permit, an individually designed Ed.D. may be offered for students whose interests are well developed and combine more than one area of concentration (program at capacity; no applications accepted 2014-2015). All applicants must submit scores on the GRE and meet other admissions requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program. Potential candidates should contact the Program Coordinator for each concentration or the Department Chair prior to submitting an application because some programs are offered only to cohorts and are not open to new students every year. In addition, program requirements, application deadlines, and admissions criteria vary by area (see program descriptions below). Candidates wishing to be considered for Graduate School awards should apply no later than January 15.



Graduate Faculty

Richard Ackerman, Ed.D. (Harvard, 1989). Professor, Educational Leadership. Leadership formation, school organization, professional development.

Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, 1999). Professor, Higher Education. Equity policy, gender and education, policy discourse analysis.

Courtney Angelosante, M.S. (University of Southern Maine, 2011). Lecturer, Special Education. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, School-wide climate.

A. James Artesani, Ed.D. (West Virginia University, 1992). Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Research, and Outreach and Associate Professor, Special Education. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Jun-hyung Baek, Ph.D. (West Virginia University, 2016). Assistant Professor, Exercise Science. Motor development and learning, assessment and measurement in PE, adapted physical education, and motor learning and performance.

Victoria Bennett-Armistead, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, 2006). Associate Professor, Early Literacy. Language and literacy acquisition in young children; Literacy instruction in Pre-K and kindergarten; Informational text.

Catherine Biddle, Ph.D.  (Pennsylvania State University, 2015). Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership. Rural school and community response to social and economic change.

Rebecca Buchanan, Ph.D. (University of California Santa Cruz, 2017). Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. Intersection of personal identity, professional development, school reform, literacy, and language.

Ian Cameron, M.S. Lecturer, Human Development and Family Studies. Adolescence and emerging adulthood. Adult development and aging.

Sandra Caron, Ph.D. (Syracuse, 1986). Professor, Family Relations. Human sexuality, AIDS and families, sexuality education and curriculum development.

Patrick Cheek, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2015). Visiting Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies. Scientific study of family systems and relationships.

Theodore Coladarci, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1980). Professor, Educational Psychology. Statistics, research methodology.

Julie DellaMattera, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 2006). Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education. Leadership in early education and policies affecting early education teachers.

Justin Dimmel, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, 2015). Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology. Communication practices in mathematics education; virtual reality in mathematics education.

Janet Fairman, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 1999), Associate Research Professor, Public policy, school reform, and assessment.

Sara Flanagan, Ph.D. (Purdue University, 2012). Assistant Professor, Special Education. Literacy and secondary students with and without high incidence disabilities, with a specific focus on written expression.

Susan K. Gardner, Ph.D. (Washington State University, 2005). Professor, Higher Education. Doctoral student development, retention, and attrition, new faculty development and socialization processes.

Kathleen Gillon, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 2015). Visiting Assistant Professor, Higher Education. Access and equity in higher education. Role of geography in the facilitation of college-going for marginalized student populations.

Leah Hakkola, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2015). Assistant Professor, Higher Education. Diversity discourses in higher education; recruitment and admissions

Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA (State University of New York at Buffalo, 2015). Assistant Professor, Special Education.

Elizabeth Hufnagel, Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University, 2014). Assistant Professor, Science Education. Emotional expressions and teaching and learning about science topics in classrooms and other science settings. Climate change and other environmental topics.

Diane Jackson, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 2000). Lecturer, Special Education. Adapting instruction for students with special needs, math methods in special education.

Lauren Jacobs, M.S. (University of Maine, 2017). Lecturer, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Outdoor sport opportunities.

Jesse Kaye-Schiess, M.Ed. (University of Maine, 2016). Lecturer, Kinesiology and Physical Education and Academic Advisor.

Richard Kent, Ph.D. (Claremont, 2002). Associate Professor, Literacy. Portfolio pedagogy, adolescent male underachievement in literacy, innovative middle school and high school classrooms.

Vanessa Klein, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 2015). Assistant Extension Professor, 4-H STEM Specialist, and Assistant Professor, Education. Educational programming, leadership for applied research focused 4-H STEM programming, environmental education, and teacher education.

Paul Knowles, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 2005). Lecturer, Educational Leadership.

Robert A. Lehnhard, Ph.D. (Ohio State, 1984). Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Exercise physiology. Cardiovascular physiology; metabolic support of exercise and growth.

Mary Ellin Logue, Ed.D. (University of Massachusetts, 1984). Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education. Parent involvement in children’s learning and schooling, prevention of learning and social difficulties, teacher education, and application of child development research to practice.

Mary Mahoney-O’Neil, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2010). Associate Dean for Academic Services. Educational psychology; elementary school methods.

Chris Mares, M.A. (University of Reading). English Language Teacher. Applied linguistics.

Kenneth H. Martin, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2011). Assistant Professor, Literacy Education. Secondary English education, literacy through technology, technology integration, professional development, teacher research.

Craig Mason, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1993). Professor, Educational Psychology. Quantitative/developmental psychology.

Jennifer McNulty, M.Ed. (University of Maine, 2010). Lecturer, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Health methodology and curriculum development.

Ian Mette, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2012). Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership. School reform; instructional leadership; educational supervision.

Tammy Mills, Ph.D. (Montclair State University, 2016). Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. Explore the complexities of teaching and learning and using non-linear theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning to better understand practice.

Sidney Mitchell, Ph.D. (McGill, 2001). Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Director, Peace Studies and Reconciliation Studies. Child development, childhood socialization, family violence, and trauma and resilience.

Evan Mooney, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 2015). Lecturer, Teacher Education. Social studies teacher education programs, interdisciplinary science and social studies instruction, and the development of transformative social studies content, instruction, and teaching.

Mia Morrison, M.Ed. (University of Maine, 2014). Lecturer, Instructional Technology.

William Dee Nichols, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, 1995). Professor, Literacy Education. Literacy; comprehension; vocabulary; fluency

Christopher Nightingale, Ed.D. (Boston University, 2009). Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Athletic training; mentoring; physical education pedagogy.

Eric A. Pandiscio, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin, 1994). Associate Professor, Math Education. Secondary math education, geometric construction software.

Daniel Puhlman, Ph.D. (Florida State University, 2013). Assistant Professor, Family Studies.

Timothy Reagan, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1982). Dean, College of the Education and Human Development and Professor, Linguistics. Educational and applied linguistics, educational policy studies, educational reform, comparative education, and philosophy of education.
Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D. (University of Arizona, 2009). Assistant Professor, Early intervention, visual impairment, autism spectrum disorders, severe disabilities, inquiry-based approaches to teaching.

Asli Sezen-Barrie, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 2011). Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. Goal of improving science teacher education.

Bryan Silverman, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 2014). Lecturer, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. Education and identity, specifically how culture, in a broad understanding, operates on identity. Ideas of rooted cosmopolitanism.

Shihfen Tu, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1994). Associate Professor, Educational Psychology. Cognition and perception.

Sherrie Weeks, Ed.S. (Liberty University). Instructor, Athletic Training. Program Director for the University of Maine’s bachelor of science program in Athletic Training. Electrotherapy; ultrasound; musculoskeletal anatomy; thermotherapies; functional assessments; corrective exercise training.
Jane Wellman-Little, CAS (University of Maine, 1997). Lecturer, Teacher Education. Developmental reading, Reading Recovery.

Kazuhiko Yanagi, M.A. (Hastings College, 2007). Lecturer, Athletic Training. Prevention and care of injuries; therapeutic exercise.

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