Degree overview
The graduate programs in elementary and secondary education (curriculum, assessment and instruction) 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 either on campus or through graduate outreach. We also offer a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) degree, which provides a cohesive program of professional development beyond the master’s level for educational specialists.

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 is offered both on campus and through UMaine Online. The following courses are required:

  • EHD 520: Educational Assessment
  • EHD 521: Evaluation of Instruction
  • EHD 533: Dynamics of the Curriculum
  • SAR 540: Introduction to Students at Risk
  • EHD 586: Seminar — Action Research in PreK-12 Schools
  • EHD 587: Practicum — Action Research in PreK-12 Schools

On-campus students must also complete a three-course concentration in an area such as literacy education, instructional technology, science education, special education, English as a Second Language, or foundations of education. Concentration courses will be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. At least two electives are also required for on-campus students.

Online students must take at least three electives, as well as two additional required courses:

  • EDT 520: Methods of Teaching with Computer Technology
  • EAD 551: Dynamics of Change in Schools

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 520: Educational Assessment
  • EHD 521: Evaluation of Instruction
  • EHD 533: Dynamics of the Curriculum
  • SAR 540: Introduction to Students at Risk

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 Certificate of Advanced Study 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 C.A.S. must be completed within a six-year period.

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. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should also submit scores from the Miller Analogies Test (preferred) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The C.A.S. program requires a master’s degree for admission. Applications for both master’s and C.A.S. programs are accepted at any time for consideration for admission effective in the coming semester. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator John Maddaus,

Program faculty

John Maddaus, Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Patrick Womac, Assistant Professor