Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (Elementary and Secondary Education)

Degree overview

The CA&I programs are designed for practicing teachers and/or those with existing teaching licenses. For individuals with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than education or who do not have a teaching license, UMaine offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Program overview
The graduate programs in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (Elementary and Secondary Education) are designed for elementary, middle and high school teachers, who want to assume more responsibility and larger leadership roles while continuing a career in the classroom. These programs are designed to help teachers enhance learning and development of students, while addressing state and federal standards in the areas of curriculum, assessment and instruction. We offer master’s degrees (M.Ed. and M.S.), which can be completed entirely online or through a hybrid of online and on-campus courses. We also offer an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, which provides a cohesive program of professional development beyond the master’s level.

Careers in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Our graduates have gone on to be teacher leaders, curriculum coordinators and specialists in areas such as literacy, science and special education.

Program delivery
The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 33 credits and can be completed either entirely through UMaine Online or through a mix of online and on-campus classes. The following courses are required:

  • EHD 519: Formative Assessments: Research, Practice and Policy
  • EHD 521: Classroom Practice to Improve Learning
  • EHD 533: Dynamics of the Curriculum
  • EHD 541: Prevention and Intervention in School Settings
  • EHD 586: Seminar — Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EHD 587: Practicum — Action Research in PreK-12 Schools

Students select an area of specialization. They may choose one of the existing Graduate Certificates as a specialization or create an individually designed specialization in consultation with an advisor. Students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program through the Graduate School who wish to pursue an approved graduate certificate program simultaneously must apply for admission to the certificate program before one-half of the required credits are completed. There will be no additional charge for this application once an application has been made to the CA&I M.Ed. in Elementary and Secondary Education.

One’s area of specialization plus elective credits must equal 15 credits so if the area of specialization has 9 credits, 6 credits of electives (or courses brought in) are required. If the area of specialization equals 15 credits, there are no electives.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credits. This is a thesis program designed for teachers who are considering continuing graduate education after earning their master’s, and it is only offered on campus. Required courses:

  • EHD 519: Formative Assessments: Research, Practice and Policy
  • EHD 521: Evaluation of Instruction
  • EHD 533: Dynamics of the Curriculum
  • EHD 541: Prevention and Intervention in School Settings

In addition, M.S. students must complete six credits of thesis and three credits of research methods (EHD 575: Educational Research; EHD 573: Statistical Methods in Education I; or EHD 571: Qualitative Research Theory, Design and Practice), as well as a three-course concentration chosen in consultation with an advisor and approved by the student’s thesis committee. Depending on the student’s prior coursework, experience, and proposed thesis topic, the thesis committee may require a second research methods course in place of one of the concentration courses.

The Ed.S. in curriculum, assessment and instruction is available for students who have completed a master’s degree in an education field. This program is individually designed with an advisor and requires a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the master’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. Students also are required to complete a capstone experience, such as an action research project or internship. All work for the Ed.S. must be completed within a six-year period.

Tuition and fees
For current information about tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s office.

To apply
Applications are processed through the University of Maine Graduate School. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the master’s programs. Please include an essay detailing the reasons for graduate study and indication of an area of specialization to help assign advisors and plan programs of study. Applications for both master’s and Ed.S. programs are accepted at any time for consideration for admission effective in the coming semester.

Program faculty

Rebecca Buchanan, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Justin Dimmel, Assistant Professor of Education
Elizabeth Hufnagel, Assistant Professor of Education
Vanessa Klein, Assistant Professor of Education
Tammy Mills, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Eric Pandiscio, Associate Professor of Education
Asli Sezen-Barrie, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Bryan Silverman, Lecturer in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
John Maddaus, Associate Professor Emeritus of Education


Professional Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Plan information

The professional learning outcomes (PLOs) for the Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction degree programs are adapted from the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a group of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the preparation, licensing and ongoing professional development of teachers. To view the PLOs, click “download” below.

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Click on one of the links below to access a program of study form for our master’s and education specialist degree programs.

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