Maine's Alternative Certification Mentoring Program

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Maine’s Alternative Certification Mentoring Program is a partnership between the Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services and the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development.

MACM offers intensive, structured mentoring and coursework for new conditionally certified special educators to work toward professional certification.

The goal is to provide new special educators with experienced mentor teachers to provide modeling and coaching, as well as access to resources and promising practices.

New Conditionally certified special educators receive mentoring from an experienced special educator and take both semesters of Special Education Mentorship, an online graduate course designed to meet the needs of new special educators. This seminar course counts toward credits needed for professional certification. Coming Fall 2019: The MACM course requirement will change to SED 598/PDS 555 — MACM: Special Education in Practice for 3 graduate credits. There will be no part 2 to the course. Instead, MACM participants will review 3-5 short professional development activities with their mentors during their mentorship year.

MACM partners with local school districts to provide a special education-specific mentoring option to support the district’s existing teacher support system.

For More Information, please contact:

Valerie M. Smith, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Maine’s Alternative Certification Mentoring Program



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