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 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 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
  • 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:

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.

Please note that a separate application may be necessary for the area of specialization as these concentrations exist in cooperating programs. 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.

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 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.

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 C.A.S. programs are accepted at any time for consideration for admission effective in the coming semester. For more information, please contact Evan Mooney, program coordinator: evan.mooney@maine.edu.

Program faculty

Evan Mooney, Lecturer and UMaine Gold coordinator
Mary Ellin Logue, Director School of Learning and Teaching and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Rebecca Buchanan, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
Justin Dimmel, Assistant Professor of Education (mathematics and instructional technology specialization)
Elizabeth Hufnagel, Assistant Professor of Education (science education specialization)
Vanessa Klein, Assistant Professor of Education
Tammy Mills, Assistant Professor of Education
Eric Pandiscio, Associate Professor of Education (mathematics education specialization)
Asli Sezen-Barrie, Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (science education specialization)
Bryan Silverman, Lecturer
John Maddaus, Associate Professor Emeritus of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction