Graduate Programs - Elementary and Secondary Education (Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction)
The M.Ed. program in Elementary Education and Secondary Education (Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction) is designed for elementary, middle level and high school teachers who, while continuing a career in classroom teaching, want to assume responsibility and leadership roles to enhance learning and development of students while addressing state and federal standards in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. The M.Ed. program is offered both on campus and through Graduate Outreach. A minimum of 33 credits is required.
The basic program for this M.Ed. program includes the following course requirements:
- EDS 520, Educational Assessment
- EDA 521, Evaluation of Instruction
- EDC 533, Dynamics of the Curriculum
- SAR 540, Introduction to Students at Risk
- EDU 586, Seminar: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
- EDU 587, Practicum: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
- For on-campus students a three-course concentration approved by the adviser, in areas such as literacy education, instructional technology, science education, special education, or English as a Second Language, or in foundations of education, and two electives.
- For this degree program offered through Graduate Outreach, two additional required courses: EAD 551 (Dynamics of Change in Schools) and EDT 520 (Methods of Teaching with Computer Technology), and three electives.
- Electives must be approved by their advisers (courses in technology, in special education and in content areas are strongly recommended).
The M.S. degree program in Elementary Education and Secondary Education (Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction) is a thesis program intended for practicing teachers who are considering continuing graduate education to pursue a doctoral program in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction and/or related fields. The M.S. program is offered only on campus. It requires 30 credits of coursework, including EDC 533, EDS 520, EDA 521, SAR 540, six credits of thesis and three credits of research methods — EDG 595 (Educational Research), or EDS 521 (Statistical Methods in Education I), or EDS 571 (Qualitative Research: Theory, Design and Practice), or equivalent. Other requirements include a three-course concentration approved by the advisor, approved by the thesis committee. The thesis committee may require a second research methods course, depending on the student’s prior coursework and experience, and the proposed thesis topic, in place of one of the concentration courses.
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Elementary Education and Secondary Education (Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction) is available to students who have completed an M.Ed. or MAT (non-thesis) or M.S. or M.A. (thesis) degree program. Students who have not already completed EDC 533, EDS 520, and EDA 521, or their equivalents at the graduate level, are required to complete those courses in addition to their CAS coursework and no later than the completion of their third CAS course. Students are required to complete a capstone experience, such as an action research project or internship. Students who wish to meet requirements for the Curriculum Coordinator Certificate in the State of Maine could include coursework in Educational Leadership necessary for that certificate in their CAS programs. The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) provides a cohesive program of professional development beyond the master’s level for educational specialists. The program of study is individually planned by the student with their advisor. A minimum of 30 semester hours of work beyond the master’s level is required to earn the C.A.S. 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 a six-year period. A master’s degree in the C.A.S. subject matter is required for admission to the program.