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Welcome to the College of Education and Human Development!

The College of Education and Human Development would like to welcome you to our college and we want you to know that we understand the importance of working collaboratively to accomplish the goal of attaining excellence.  As a result collaboration, mutual respect, responsibility, commitment to service, effective communication, proactive creative thinking, and the ability to lead in a civil way are all parts of our current mission.  Our goal is to develop graduates who will exercise their right to speak on academic matters and will challenge each of us to think critically about the quality and integrity of our work.  It is our expectation that our graduates will support each other, honor opposing viewpoints, and maintain a constructive environment for the free exchange of ideas.  We will remain supportive of each other and work toward maintaining a thriving community of learners.

In order to develop graduates prepared to become leaders in their selected profession, we feel that they first need to become inspired, motivated learners.  We are seeking students that are self motivated, goal oriented learners who are truly inspired to become intellectuals themselves and we believe that we have the faculty and staff who can guide you along the journey.  We hope to prepare our graduates to enter the profession ready to lead through service and action and poised to make a positive impact on children, youth, adults, families, communities and schools.   To reach this end our candidates will begin with inspiration and a commitment to developing the knowledge base to provide effective instruction and other educational services that will respond to the diverse needs of all learners.  Developing this knowledge base is essential when learning to collaborate with others and to engage in ongoing professional development that will lead to engagement and transformative education.

The University of Maine and this college together provide extensive liberal arts and cultural offerings, a thorough grounding in professional theory and practice, exposure to the latest research and trends, and highly relevant internships and field experiences. We affirm this classical function of higher education by preserving, generating, transmitting, applying, synthesizing and evaluating knowledge and understanding in order to support the spirit of open inquiry and critical thinking.  Our goal is to have inspired candidates who are self-motivated and are able to form, articulate, and act upon reasoned decisions in their personal, civic, and professional lives.  Our students experience a strong connection to the realities of their chosen field and are on track for exciting academic, professional and personal growth opportunities that will give them a competitive edge throughout their careers.

We hope that you will join us on our quest for excellence and that if you are interested in one of our degree programs that you will contact us for more information or to arrange a visit.

The college’s programs, partnerships, national and state accreditations, and our reputation for innovative leadership to address timely issues and meet increasing professional standards are widely recognized. With a faculty distinguished for teaching, scholarship and service, the College is an excellent place to prepare for a career that demands inspiration, leadership and excellence.

Dee Nichols

Dean’s Office Staff

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Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2412
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System