Information for Current Students- Suggested Timelines

Please note these timelines serve as guidelines for successful completion of the MST program in 2 years.  However, we work with each MST to create a personalized experience catered to each student’s needs.

Suggested Timelines for Non-Certification Track

Those pursuing the non-certification track have more flexibility.  However, we recommend fulfilling the core requirements within your first year of the program.  Please see the suggested timelines below (for certification track students) for thesis progress guidelines. 

Suggested Timelines for Initial Certification Track

Suggested Timeline for Full-time Students (Fall Start)
Suggested Timeline for Full-time Students (Spring Start)

Fall Start- Initial Credential Track

First Semester:

Courses:

  • SMT 588: Seminar in Science and Mathematics Education Research.  This course will familiarize you with research involving human subjects and many methods of educational research, and will provide you with a forum to begin reading the literature in your field and for developing your research proposal.
  • INT 601- Responsible Conduct of Research
  • SMT 50X- Integrated Methods Course
  • EHD 573- Statistical Methods in Education I

Thesis:

  • Find an advisor with whom you would like to work and, as your project idea becomes clearer, begin recruiting appropriate people (a minimum of two in addition to your principal advisor) for your committee.
    • Committee composition requirements: a minimum of three graduate faculty members (assistant, associate, or full professors, not lecturers), two of whom are members of the Center faculty.
  • Start your literature review

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Second Semester:

Courses:

  • SMT 500: Educational Psychology with Applications to Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • SMT 50X: Integrated Methods
  • SED 500: Adapting Instruction for Students with Disabilites

Thesis:

  • Have your first committee meeting
  • Get approval for your project from your committee and from the Institutional Review Board.
  • Share your proposal and some relevant literature in the MST seminar forum.
  • Complete draft of your literature review.
  • Start collecting data

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  • Submit your progress report from your first committee meeting to the Graduate Coordinator
  • Submit your Program of Study to the graduate school (give a copy to the Graduate Coordinator)

Summer: Students carrying 12-month assistantships will have to register for at least one (typically a thesis) credit in the summer in order to continue getting paid.

Courses:

  • SMT 699

Thesis:

  • Continue data analysis
  • Write Literature Review/Background and Methods sections of your thesis
  • Take PRAXIS I and II (must pass both before you student teach)

Third Semester:

Courses:

  • Elective
  • SMT 699

Thesis:

  • Complete data analysis
  • Write results and discussion
  • Complete draft of thesis.
    • Distribute thesis to committee for review at least two weeks prior to defense.
  • Defend Thesis
    • Send risecenter@maine.edu a thesis defense announcement/flier with abstract, time, and date of defense 2 weeks before thesis defense (RiSE staff will help you with the flier if needed).

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Fourth Semester: 

Courses:

  • SMT 590
  • SMT 591

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  • Apply to graduate on Mainestreet (instructions)
  • Ensure that all graduation requirements and deadlines from the Grad School are met
  • Submit 3 printed copies of your final thesis to printing services to be bound.  See Deb for free thesis-quality paper (deborah.shulman@maine.edu) and Maureen (maureen.raynes@maine.edu) for billing information for binding.  One copy will go to you, one to your adviser, and one to the RiSE Center library.

Note—You must be registered for at least one credit for the semester during which you graduate, and have completed all program requirements.

 

Spring Start- Initial Certification Track

First Semester:

Courses:

  • SMT 500: Educational Psychology with Applications to Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • SMT 50X- Integrated Methods Course or SED 500: Adapting Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • EHD 573- Statistical Methods in Education I

Thesis:

  • Find an advisor with whom you would like to work and, as your project idea becomes clearer, begin recruiting appropriate people (a minimum of two in addition to your principal advisor) for your committee.
    • Committee composition requirements: a minimum of three graduate faculty members (assistant, associate, or full professors, not lecturers), two of whom are members of the Center faculty.
  • Start your literature review

Forms

Summer: Students carrying 12-month assistantships will have to register for at least one (typically a thesis) credit in the summer in order to continue getting paid.

Courses:

  • INT 601- Responsible Conduct of Research
  • SMT 699- Thesis credit

Thesis:

  • Continue data analysis
  • Write Literature Review/Background and Methods sections of your thesis
  • Take PRAXIS I and II (must pass both before you student teach)

Second Semester:

Courses:

  • SMT 588: Seminar in Science and Mathematics Education Research.  This course will familiarize you with research involving human subjects and many methods of educational research, and will provide you with a forum to begin reading the literature in your field and for developing your research proposal.
  • SMT 50X: Integrated Methods
  • SED 500: Adapting Instruction for Students with Disabilities or elective
  • SMT 699: Thesis credits

Thesis:

  • Have your first committee meeting
  • Get approval for your project from your committee and from the Institutional Review Board.
  • Share your proposal and some relevant literature in the MST seminar forum.
  • Complete draft of your literature review.
  • Start collecting data

Forms:

  • Submit your progress report from your first committee meeting to the Graduate Coordinator
  • Submit your Program of Study to the graduate school (give a copy to the Graduate Coordinator)

Third Semester:

Courses:

  • SMT 590
  • SMT 591

Forms:

Note—You must be registered for at least one credit for the semester during which you graduate, and have completed all program requirements.

Summer: Students carrying 12-month assistantships will have to register for at least one (typically a thesis) credit in the summer in order to continue getting paid.

Courses:

  • SMT 699- Thesis credit

Thesis:

  • Complete data analysis
  • Write results and discussion

Fourth Semester: 

Courses:

  • SMT 50X: Integrated Methods or Elective
  • SMT 699

Thesis:

  • Complete draft of thesis.
    • Distribute thesis to committee for review at least two weeks prior to defense.
  • Defend Thesis
    • Send risecenter@maine.edu a thesis defense announcement/flier with abstract, time, and date of defense 2 weeks before thesis defense (RiSE staff will help you with the flier if needed).
  • Submit 3 printed copies of your final thesis to printing services to be bound.  See Deb for free thesis-quality paper (deborah.shulman@maine.edu) and Maureen (maureen.raynes@maine.edu) for billing information for binding.  One copy will go to you, one to your adviser, and one to the RiSE Center library.

Forms