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2002-2003 Graduate Catalog 
    
2002-2003 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education


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(M.Ed., C.A.S.)

Graduate programs in Special Education prepare educators to meet national standards of excellence in communication skills, professional knowledge, and teaching competence. Programs of study are offered for both entry-level and experienced professionals and include certification and non-certification options.

Teacher of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M.Ed.)

This 42 credit-hour program leads to state certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities (K-8 or 7-12). It is designed for students who have a background in elementary or secondary education and who can document competency and prior coursework in child/adolescent development; methods of teaching reading and writing; methods of teaching math; language development; adapting instruction for students with disabilities; and use of technology in the K-12 classroom. Applicants who have not met these prerequisites may be admitted for part-time study if they are currently employed in work with students with disabilities. Prereq-uisite course work should be taken prior to enrolling in courses for the M.Ed.

Educational Specialists for Students with Severe Disabilities (M.Ed.)

This 42 credit hour program leads to state certification as an Educational Specialist for Students with Severe Disabilities. It is designed for students who have a background in elementary or secondary education, but may be appropriate for students with undergraduate majors in related fields such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, occupational and physical therapy, and nursing.

Combined Concentration (M.Ed. or C.A.S.)

This option is designed for students who have prior professional experience working with students with disabilities and who already hold certification in special education or are not interested in certification. With a faculty advisor, students select courses around their unique needs and interests. Courses are drawn from Special Education and other areas in the College of Education and Human Development. M.Ed. programs are structured around a common core and typically require 36 credit hours of study, depending on student background. C.A.S. programs require a minimum of 30 credits beyond the M.Ed.

Specialties within the combined concentration include:

  • Behavior disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Early literacy

In addition, candidates with the appropriate educational and professional background have the option of structuring the combined concentration to meet Maine certification requirements in the following categories:

Special Education Administration
Special Education Consultant (C.A.S. only)

The Special Education Administration option combines study in Special Education with study in Educational Leadership. It can be structured to lead to certification in the State of Maine as a Special Education Administrator for candidates who are already certified in Special Education or a related services field and who can document at least 3 years of successful teaching experience as a special educator or related services provider. M.Ed. programs typically require 42 credit hours of graduate study, depending on student background. C.A.S. programs are individually designed with a faculty advisor and require a minimum of 30 post-Master’s graduate credits.

The combined concentration option can also be structured to lead to certification in the state of Maine as a Special Education Consultant for candidates who have a prior Master’s degree in Special Education or a related services field, are already certified in Special Education, and have at least 3 years of successful teaching experience as a special educator. Programs of study are individually designed with a faculty advisor and require a minimum of 30 post-Master’s graduate credits.

Other Information

Field work and internships are an important component of all graduate programs in Special Education. Faculty and students are an integral part of the social and educational service community in Maine, and close relationships are maintained with public schools and community agencies. Faculty and students also have the opportunity to participate in projects sponsored by the Institute for the Study of At-Risk Students, the Center for Early Literacy, and the Center for Community Inclusion, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

For admission to a graduate program in Special Education, students must meet basic standards of the Graduate School and special eligibility requirements (identified above) of the program. Applicants may be invited for a personal interview with the Special Education faculty. Students should request financial aid information from the University’s Student Financial Aid Office. Stipends are sometimes available through grants from the U.S. Office of Education. Eligible applicants will be notified by Special Education faculty if stipends are available.

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