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Graduate Programs - Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction

Master of Education in Elementary/Secondary
(Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction – CAI)

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
  • EDU 586, Seminar: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EDU 587, Practicum: Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • A four-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. For this degree program offered through Graduate Outreach, the concentration includes the following three foundations area courses: EAD 551 (Dynamics of Change in Schools), SAR 540 (Introduction to Students at Risk), and EDT 520 (Methods of Teaching with Computer Technology).
  • Two electives for students in the on-campus program, or three electives for students in Graduate Outreach, 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, six credits of thesis and three credits of research methods — EDG 595 (Educational Research), EDS 521 (Statistical Methods in Education I), EDS 571 (Qualitative Research: Theory, Design and Practice), or equivalent. Other requirements include a three-course concentration approved by the adviser and one elective, approved by the thesis committee. The thesis committee may require a second research methods course, depending on the student’s prior coursework and experience.

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 in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or a closely related field. 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 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.

Scholarship to Support Out of State Students for a Master of Education focusing on Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

This masters degree program has been in place for over the past 20 years serving teachers throughout the State of Maine.  Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, the program will be provided completely online in order to better serve the continuing needs of educators within the State of Maine and other states.  In order to support access to out of state students, a scholarship is available to defray the difference in cost between in state and out of state tuition rates.  Once an individual is accepted into the masters degree program, a scholarship will be provided to bring the tuition cost for each course to that of in state rates.  This tuition arrangement applies only to the courses taken as part of the CA&I degree program.  An adjustment will be made to the usual out of state tuition rate as part of the billing process for courses taken; the initial bill may not reflect this discount, but you should only pay for credits at $400/credit hour (for 2010-2011). You will be assessed the normal fees for distance students. Any courses taken outside of your approved CA&I curriculum will be billed at the out of state rate. Out of state students are eligible for financial aid.  The financial aid office will be made aware of this scholarship arrangement upon acceptance into the masters degree program.

For additional information, contact:

Mr. Owen Maurais
Graduate Outreach Coordinator
University of Maine
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5766
Telephone: 207-581-3651
Fax: 207-581-2423

Application: Submit an application to the Graduate School. Application is online at

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