Master of Science in Education

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Department of Education

Accreditation

All programs at the University of New England are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Curricular Requirements

Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in education from UNE allows students to customize their program by choosing electives from different topic areas in education such as curriculum, literacy, educational leadership, and inclusion for teachers looking to advance their career in education. Contact your state’s Department of Education for specific certification requirements.

Program Requirements

Core Courses

Credits

EDU 600 Teacher as Leader

3

EDU 610 Differentiation Theory & Strategies

3

EDU 615 Motivational Theory & Class Management

3

EDU 690 Action Research

3

EDU 695 Portfolio

3

Total core credits:    

15

Elective Courses (choose any 5)

 

Total elective credits:

15

Total program credits:

30

Available Electives:

EDU 701 Educational Leadership
EDU 702 School Law
EDU 704 Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel
EDU 707 Instructional Leadership
EDU 709 School Finance
EDU 715 Organizational Theory and Strategic Planning
EDU 720 Special Education Law for the Classroom
EDU 721 Using Technology within Inclusion Education
EDU 722 Special Education Assessment in Inclusion Settings
EDU 723 Teaching and Learning in Inclusion Settings
EDU 724 Collaboration in Inclusion Settings
EDU 740 Supporting Literacy Development for All Learners
EDU 741 Literacy Assessments as Teaching Tools
EDU 742 Study Skills & Content Literacy Instruction for All
EDU 743 Connecting Reading with Writing for Success
EDU 744 Meeting Student Literacy Challenges
EDU 746 Professional Learning and Literacy Leadership
EDU 747 Literacy for English Language Learners
EDU 748 Literacy for Inclusion Settings
EDU 751 The Application Model of Learning - Curriculum Development
EDU 753 Working with Special Needs Students
EDU 755 Utilizing Literacy Strategies in CTE Learning Environments
EDU 757 Health and Safety Implementation for CTE
EDU 759 Preparing Students for College, Careers, & Citizenship

Master of Science in Education · Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Track

For educators interested in pursuing a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach certification, the University of New England offers a program track to equip teachers with the foundational knowledge and curriculum required by the State of Maine.

Core Courses

Credits

EDU 600 Teacher as Leader

3

EDU 610 Differentiation Theory & Strategies

3

Required Electives

 

EDU 740 Supporting Literacy Development for All Learners

3

EDU 741 Literacy Assessments as Teaching Tools

3

EDU 742 Study Skills and Content Literacy Instruction for All

3

EDU 743 Connecting Reading with Writing for Success

3

EDU 744 Meeting Student Literacy Challenges

3

EDU 746 Professional Learning and Literacy Leadership

3

EDU 747 Literacy for English Language Learners

3

EDU 748 Literacy for Inclusion Settings

3

EDU 749 Reading Diagnosis: Clinical Practice I

3

EDU 750 Instruction Intervention: Clinical Practice II

3

Total program credits:

36

Master of Science in Education - Teaching Methodology

The Teaching Methodology is available only to UNE students who have successfully completed the Teacher Certification Program (TCP). The Teaching Methodology program is a 30 credit master’s degree encompassing 15 graduate credits from UNE’s College of Arts and Sciences Teacher Certification Program and 15 core credits in The College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) Graduate Programs in Education.  The CGPS graduate education courses are delivered online with in depth study in the areas of professional learning communities, differentiation, motivation, and action research.

CAS Program Requirements

Elementary/Middle Courses

Credits

EDU 502 - Curriculum and Assessment

3

EDU 510 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 561 - Teaching Social Studies, K-8

3

EDU 567 - Teaching Science, K-8

3

EDU 573 - Teaching Mathematics, K-8

3

EDU 581 - Foundations of Literacy Development and Instruction

3

EDU 582 - Literacy Research -Based Instructional Methods

3
Total Credits (15 required for MSM, but 21 required for Maine State certification) 21
   

Secondary or Art Courses

Credits

EDU 502 - Curriculum and Assessment

3

EDU 510 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 582 - Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods

3

Select one appropriate methods course from the following list:

3

EDU 536 - Teaching Secondary English 

 

EDU 537 - Teaching Secondary Science 

 

EDU 538 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies 

 

EDU 539 - Teaching Secondary Math 

 

EDU 541 - Methods of Art Education 

 

Elective- Must choose ONE elective at the Graduate Level

3
Total Credits 15

CGPS Program Requirements

Courses

Credits

EDU 600 Teacher as Leader

3

EDU 610 Differentiation Theory & Strategies

3

EDU 615 Motivational Theory & Class Management

3

EDU 690 Action Research

3

EDU 695 Portfolio

3

Total Credits:    

15

Academic Policy

Course Drop and Withdrawal Policy

The last date to drop a course with no record is the first day of course. Students who withdraw from a course must do so in writing (e-mail is acceptable) by the end of the fourth week of the course.  Students will receive a “W” on their transcripts indicating withdrawal.  Beyond the fourth week, at the faculty’s discretion, a “WP” or “WF” may be assigned if extenuating circumstances do not allow the student to complete his/her work. Be aware that no portion of the tuition will be refunded after the second week of the course.

Minimal Grade Standard and Academic Progress

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (“B”). Failure to do so may result in academic probation and possible termination from the program. Students receiving a grade of “F” in any course will be immediately placed on academic probation.

Dismissal from the Program

Termination from the Program may occur when the Education Program Manager becomes aware of one of the following:

  • Surrender of a teacher license in any jurisdiction for disciplinary reasons.
  • Documented academic dishonesty (Note this also includes course on-line postings and email communications with faculty and staff. Students are advised that their behavior while participating in the Program should exemplify the ethical behavior of a professional educator with respect to all communications.)

Graduation Requirements

To complete the program and receive a Master of Science in Education, a student must:

  • Complete all program requirements.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Pay all tuition and fees.

Timeline for Completion/Leave of Absence

A student who has not completed the MSEd Program within three (3) years will be administratively withdrawn from the program and be required to apply for readmission. Students are required to take a course every semester, otherwise they must request a Leave of Absence, or be withdrawn from the program.  These arrangements are the responsibility of the student and must be communicated in writing to the Student Support Specialist.

The required Request for Leave of Absence form must be filed with the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  Application for readmission is not necessary if the student returns as planned; however, the student who does not return at the specified time will be administratively withdrawn and may be subject to readmission procedures. Note: It is the responsibility of the student to contact the College of Graduate and Professional Studies to indicate change of plans.

Re-admission

Students who have withdrawn from the program for a period of one year, either self-initiated or administrative withdrawal, must reapply to the program if they wish to continue their studies. The application procedures, academic policies, and program requirements that are in effect at the time of readmission will apply.

Students who re-enroll following withdrawal will have their previous coursework evaluated for applicability to the existing academic requirements. Coursework that is more than five years old will not be accepted for credit in the program.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing the MSE program, students should be able to: 

  1. Address the full range of student motivation and differentiation issues encountered in today's school systems
  2. Analyze and conduct research relevant to their teaching or administrative interests
  3. Document professional development in the program via an electronic portfolio of course work
  4. Demonstrate a high degree of specialized knowledge and skills about their chosen concentration area
  5. Exhibit leadership in their classroom and/or school system
  6. Develop online collaborative relationships with peers 
Transfer Credit

transfer credit

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to two, 3-credit courses (maximum of six credits) into the Master of Science in Education program.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies based on specific program details listed below. Requests for approval of transfer credit should be submitted to, and will be granted at the discretion of, the Program Manager.

  • Be classified as graduate level.
  • Be worth 3 credits.
  • Have been taken within five years of application.
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education.
  • Not have been applied toward any other degree.

NO transfer credit will be accepted into the Master of Science in Education – Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Track or any other program leading to State of Maine certification.

Admissions

Admissions requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent. See International Admissions for details regarding evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Employed in an educational setting or ability to regularly access an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies.
  • Sufficient computer skills to navigate the worldwide web and effectively participate in an on-line program.
  • Own or have regular access to a computer with internet connection and with the appropriate hardware and software requirements. 

Application Process

  • Completed online application: http://go.une.edu/apply
  • Submission of the non-refundable application fee
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.

Note: Transcripts for any coursework appearing as transfer credit on the transcript of the conferred degree can be waived if the coursework is unrelated to the degree being sought.  The program admissions committee defines all coursework not eligible for waiver.

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • Applications for admission are accepted through UNE’s online application only. Detailed instructions are included in the online application.
  • Official transcripts, as well as other documents to support the application, must be submitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, 716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME, 04103
  • Students are admitted to the MSED program six (6) times a year: Summer A & B, Fall A & B, Spring A & B.
  • Applications received and completed by the respective deadlines will be given full consideration.  Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline will be reviewed for the next available term.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made by the program admissions committee throughout the cycle.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution.  See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university.  UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions.  
  • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application. 

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Master of Education website.

exceptions

The Master of Science in Education program and the MSED Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Financial Aid

Detailed information and applications are available on request from the Financial Aid Office. Call 207-602-2342 or visit the Financial Aid website.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2017-2018 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 28, 2017.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.

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