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Courses

Field Experience: Urban and Rural Education (EDG 425) New for Spring 2014 this course includes visits to six different urban and rural schools, including a day-long trip to a school in Auburn and an after-school program in Lewiston. This course satisfies the Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives General Education requirement. For more information, contact John Maddaus. Credits:  3

Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (CEC 520)

Emphasizes understanding of diversity and cultural competency in counseling by examining philosophical, historical, cultural and gender foundations in multicultural and contextual theories across the life span. Field experience required. CEC 548/551, 553, and 556 are recommended but not required. Credits:  3

Placements

Project REACH offers 5 courses in teaching English as a Second Language – Scholarship for pre-service teacher education students covers the cost of tuition plus a stipend. Courses are mostly online or during summer session.  For more information contact Shelly Chasse-Johndro.

Student Teaching placements in schools with diverse student populations in southern Maine can be arranged. For more information, contact Pam Kimball.

Student Teaching Abroad can be arranged in Australia, China, New Zealand, and Spain. Scholarships are available to assist with expenses. For more information, contact Orlina Boteva, Study Abroad coordinator in the Office of International Programs.

Counselor Education internships: Counselor education is currently offering internships in Vietnam and China, as well as exploring options in other countries.  The current internship sites offer no-cost housing and a stipend to students during their stay.  For more information, contact Annette Nelligan.

Dr. Roy Nirchel, President of the American University of Vietnam, visited the College of Education and Human Development on August 13 and participated in a series of meetings concerning colloaborative efforts between the respective institutions.  A number of initiatives are underway including a travel study course for University of Maine students that includes visits to  the American University of Vietnam in March 2013, the continuation of internship placements for graduate students in Counselor Education, and ongoing discussions of additional projects that may include student teaching placements at AUV in the future.  Karen Boucias, Director of International Programs at the University of Maine, prepared a general agreement between the two institutions, and a formal signing occured among Dr. Nirschel, Dean Nichols, and Karen Boucias.  Also present and representing University of Maine students was Ben Thelwell, graduate student in Counselor Education, who recently returned from a full semester internship at the American University of Vietnam, and Dr. Nick Ithomitis, principal of Camden Hills High School who assisted in the initiation of the partnership.

Dr. Roy Nirschel (r), President of the American University of Vietnam, visited the College of Education and Human Development  and participated in a series of meetings concerning colloaborative efforts between the two institutions and a number of initiatives are underway including a travel study course for University of Maine students that includes visits to the American University of Vietnam in March 2014, the continuation of internship placements for graduate students in Counselor Education, and ongoing discussions of additional projects that may include student teaching placements at AUV in the future. Karen Boucias (l), Director of International Programs at the University of Maine, prepared a agreement between the two institutions, and a formal signing occured among Dr. Nirschel, Dean Nichols (c), and Karen Boucias. Representing UMaine students was Ben Thelwell, graduate student in Counselor Education, who recently returned from a full semester internship at the American University of Vietnam.


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