UMaineOnline (University of Maine)

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With UMaineOnline, you can earn the same life changing BA or graduate degree as our on-campus students. UMaineOnline provides student and faculty services for all online programs and certificates offered through The University of Maine’s Flagship Campus. Students can access world-class professors at the state’s premier public institution in a flexible online environment. With Summer University and this year’s launch of Winter Session, UMaine now offers courses year round. More than 500 courses are available completely online. UMaine Online has an integral role in encouraging students to “Think 30” – complete 30 credits per year to graduate in 4 years and reduce debt.

UMaineOnline is continually developing new, fully online programs with a focus on graduate options in our signature and emerging areas of excellence. Choose from a variety of online programs delivered by leading faculty, in areas such as business, social work, bioinformatics, digital curation, and engineering.

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Master of Education in Elementary and Secondary Education (Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction)

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

The Master of Education program in Elementary Education or Secondary Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction is designed for elementary, middle level, and high school teachers who, while continuing a career in classroom teaching, seek to assume responsibility and leadership roles in enhancing student performance with respect to state and federal standards by focusing on the areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. The M.Ed. program is offered both on campus and as an online program. A minimum of 33 credits is required. [+]

General Overview of the M.Ed. Elementary and Secondary Education – Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Concentration The Master of Education program in Elementary Education or Secondary Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction is designed for elementary, middle level, and high school teachers who, while continuing a career in classroom teaching, seek to assume responsibility and leadership roles in enhancing student performance with respect to state and federal standards by focusing on the areas of curriculum, assessment, and instruction. The M.Ed. program is offered both on campus and as an online program. A minimum of 33 credits is required. The College of Education and Human Development is the largest provider of undergraduate and graduate professional education programs and educational policy research in Maine. The College’s graduate programs prepare teachers and other specialists to apply research-based knowledge, field-tested experience and the latest technology to help address the changing needs of schools, colleges, children and families. As the home of statewide, regional and national research and professional development programs, the College’s work is informed and innovative. Graduate programs are designed to enrich and extend theory, practice and leadership. The hallmark of graduate work at the College is mentoring-working closely with a faculty advisor whose goal is to ensure that student programs meet unique needs. Small classes, led by widely recognized faculty, encourage debate, inquiry, and discussion based on real experiences and current issues. Flexibility is built into individual programs to allow the greatest impact in specific areas of need. This same commitment to individual growth and inquiry is ingrained in outreach and distance education. Faculty members travel around the state each year to teach graduate courses and consult with cohorts of students who live too far from campus for a reasonable commute, and offer many courses using distance formats. Program Requirements The basic program for this M.Ed. program includes the following course requirements: 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 EAD 551: Dynamics of Change in Schools EDT 520: Methods of Teaching with Computer Technology Three Electives – Electives must be approved by their advisers (courses in technology, in special education and in content areas are strongly recommended). Course Descriptions The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education or Secondary Education is granted on completion of a planned program of study that includes a minimum of 33 semester hours. Those semester hours may include up to 6 hours of approved transfer coursework from a fully accredited college or university which would be acceptable at that institution in partial fulfillment of its requirements for a graduate degree, or up to 12 hours of approved transfer coursework from the University of Maine. In lieu of a thesis, this M.Ed. program requires completion of an action research project, generally during the final year of study. The purpose of this requirement is to enable demonstration of learning that has taken place across the program as a whole. All work for the M.Ed. program must be completed within six years of matriculation. APPLICATION INFORMATION Applicants for the M.Ed. degree in Elementary Education or Secondary Education are expected to have completed a preparation program leading to teacher certification. Applicants for admission who achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4-point scale) are not required to take an admissions test. Those with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are expected to take the Miller Analogies Test (or GRE) and submit their MAT (or GRE) scores to the Graduate School. When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application. For additional information regarding admission to this program, please contact: Owen Maurais (Owen_Maurais@umit.maine.edu) or Dr. John Maddaus (John_Maddaus@umit.maine.edu) What can I do with an M.Ed. Elementary and Secondary Education – Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Concentration? Our students gain valuable skills in leadership and effective teaching as well as skills in conducting action research on educational practices. Our graduates have expertise in the new methods of assessment and gain strategies and tools to evaluate the student learning process. With this knowledge and experience you will have the ability assess, modify and suggest alternative goals and strategies in learning design, instruction and assessment. [-]

Master of Education in Instructional Technology

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

The University of Maine Master’s program in Instructional Technology is designed to help our masters students become leaders in effective and innovative uses of current and emerging technology. [+]

General Overview of the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology A collaborative degree between the University of Maine, the University of Maine Farmington, and the University of Southern Maine The University of Maine Master’s program in Instructional Technology is designed to help our masters students become leaders in effective and innovative uses of current and emerging technology. The required coursework, research, and clinical experiences are designed for educators working in a variety of contexts. Students will engage in inquiry-based curriculum and build capacity to continually assess their local context; implement technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment; build professional learning networks to support ongoing professional development; and develop expertise in current and emerging instructional technologies. Essential to this program is a commitment to local community, advocacy for accessibility, and social justice, especially in the context of the potential for new technology to influence educational settings. The Master’s in Instructional Technology is designed to investigate the following central questions: Learning Environments: How do educators leverage technology to create environments that support the development of diverse skills, and emphasize challenging learning experiences? Teaching and Learning: How can technology enhance teaching and learning partnerships that support and promote innovative models of deeper learning? Digital Citizenship: How can educators promote an understanding of the social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to a globally connected society? Professional Practice: How can educators develop and model pedagogical and andragogical principles of learning to promote professional growth and practice in a globally connected society? Leadership: How can educators align vision, implementation, and practice to foster learning enhanced by technology? Program Requirements (33 credits) Endorsement: After satisfactorily completing specified courses, students may earn the Maine Department of Education 680 (Computer Teacher) endorsement. Scheduling: It is possible to complete the program in six semesters. All courses are offered in a fully online format. Curriculum: We do not have a strict sequence of classes, but students typically take Digital Age Teaching and Learning Methods first. Subsequent courses are determined in conjunction with student’s advisor. Instructional Technology Core (21 Credits): Digital Age Teaching and Learning Methods Studio in Computing for Learning Instructional Design and Project Management Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology Essentials for Educational Technology Leaders Introduction to Educational Research Educational Practicum or Educational Internship Instructional Technology Electives (12 Credits) Electives may include: Innovation Educator Series Information Security in the Educational Environment Technology Supported Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning Technology and Assessment Designing Networks to Optimize Learning Leveraging Crowd-Based Knowledge in K-12 Classrooms Supporting K-12 Math and Science with Technology Summer Technology Institute Technology for Young Learners Introduction to Flipped, Blended, and Online Learning Instructional Design Series Advanced Instructional Design Professional Development and Coaching Practicum in Instructional Design Electives are planned in conversation with program advisor. It may be possible to take electives from outside the M.Ed. in IT with prior approval for Plan of Study. Semester hours for this program may include up to 6 hours of approved transfer coursework from a fully accredited college or university which would be acceptable at that institution in partial fulfillment of its requirements for a graduate degree, or up to 12 hours of approved transfer coursework from the University of Maine. All work for the M.Ed. program must be completed within six years of matriculation. APPLICATION INFORMATION When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application. What can I do with an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology? Instructional technology is fast becoming a challenging and rewarding career move for educators at all levels. Education technology is becoming a mainstay for educational programs across ages and classroom settings. Earning a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology places you at the center of this emerging field. Students who complete this program will be prepared for careers as Facilitators or directors in education settings as resources for implementing technology in the classroom Instructional designers inside or outside the classroom Developers of instructional materials across a variety of media Curriculum development designers who utilizing education technology Education consulting The Bureau of Labor statistics projects an increase of 13% for instructional technologists in education between 2012 and 2022. [-]

Master of Education in Literacy (Writing and the Teaching of Writing)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

The Maine Writing Project of the College of Education and Human Development offers a unique opportunity to discover your potential as a writer and teacher of writing in our unique hybrid graduate program. With online courses during the academic year and on-campus summer options in Orono, students will complete a Master of Education in Literacy with a focus in Writing and the Teaching of Writing. [+]

General Overview of M.Ed. in Literacy (Writing and the Teaching of Writing) Online Graduate Studies with on-campus summer options The Maine Writing Project of the College of Education and Human Development offers a unique opportunity to discover your potential as a writer and teacher of writing in our unique hybrid graduate program. With online courses during the academic year and on-campus summer options in Orono, students will complete a Master of Education in Literacy with a focus in Writing and the Teaching of Writing. We offer the following courses and institutes: Digital Writing Poetry Nonfiction Blogging Fiction National Writing Project Certification Writing Center Pedagogy Developing Online Learning Experiences NorthEast Writing Institute Reading/Writing in the Common Core You may take these courses and institutes individually or as part of our graduate program. Check out our website for information on gaining certification in the National Writing Project as a member of the Maine Writing Project. Visit MaineWritingProject.org (see Online Graduate Studies in Writing) From the Dean of Education and Human Development: “In order to develop graduates prepared to become leaders in their selected profession, we feel that they first need to become inspired, motivated learners. We are seeking students that are self motivated, goal oriented learners who are truly inspired to become intellectuals themselves and we believe that we have the faculty and staff who can guide you along the journey. We hope to prepare our graduates to enter the profession ready to lead through service and action and poised to make a positive impact on children, youth, adults, families, communities and schools. To reach this end our candidates will begin with inspiration and a commitment to developing the knowledge base to provide effective instruction and other educational services that will respond to the diverse needs of all learners. Developing this knowledge base is essential when learning to collaborate with others and to engage in ongoing professional development that will lead to engagement and transformative education.” Program Requirements The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is intended to enhance the preparation of educational professionals in specialty areas. The degree is granted on completion of a planned program of study that includes a minimum of 33-60 semester hours, depending on the discipline. Those semester hours may include up to 6 hours of approved transfer coursework from a fully accredited college or university which would be acceptable at that institution in partial fulfillment of its requirements for a graduate degree, or up to 12 hours of approved transfer coursework from the University of Maine. In lieu of a thesis, M.Ed. programs require completion of a comprehensive paper, project, portfolio, or oral examination, generally during the final semester or year of study. The purpose of this requirement is to enable demonstration of learning that has taken place across the program as a whole. All work for the M.Ed. program must be completed within six years of matriculation. This low-residence option for teachers emphasizes the teaching of writing in real and virtual contexts. The course of study is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor and includes online academic year courses and on-campus summer options. The program also includes an online practicum guided by a writing mentor. Required Courses: EDU 580: Northeast Writing Institute EDU 580: Literacy Institute – Or – ERL 590: Maine Writing Project Summer Institute ERL 544: Digital Writing in Classrooms ERL 540: Writing in Schools & Colleges ERL 590: Seminar in Fiction ERL 590: Seminar in Crafting Story – Or – ERL 590: Seminar in Memoir ERL 698: Writing Practicum Plus additional electives APPLICATION INFORMATION Eligibility for admission to M.Ed. programs is based on completion of prerequisites for the specific program. Some PreK-12 programs require prior teacher certification. However, an applicant from another undergraduate program may establish eligibility by meeting essential prerequisites. In accordance with Graduate School regulations, all thesis candidates must take the Graduate Record Examination. Non-thesis candidates may take either the Miller Analogies Test or the GRE. Applicants should allow up to six weeks for scores to be sent to the Graduate School. When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application. For additional information regarding admission into the program, please contact: Dr. Rich Kent. What can I do with an MEd in Literacy (Writing and the Teaching of Writing)? Children need proficient reading skills in order to be successful in school. The level of reading skill required to fully participate in society continues to grow. This program is designed to enrich and expand the students’ understanding of the process of reading and to help educators become effective in the literacy needs of a wide range of learners. With this degree you may become a reading specialist or a literacy coach. In addition to regular classroom teaching, this degree prepares you for a career in Preschool, Elementary, Secondary, Special Ed or Remedial reading education, Adult Literacy and English as a Second language. Literacy students become teachers and scholars. You’ll develop the skills that are required in educating students from different cultural backgrounds, economic situations and educational backgrounds. Curriculum Design is another important area in literacy education. As more and more immigrants come to the United States, the need for literacy education becomes increasingly important. [-]

Master of Education in Special Education – Concentration in Early Intervention

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

A Master’s degree in Special Education provides graduates with an understanding of the application of current evidence-based practices in K-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he/she receives the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply their understanding of children’s needs and best practices to address the needs of their students in inclusive general education learning environments. [+]

General Overview M.Ed. in Special Education – Concentration in Early Intervention This program, which requires a minimum 36 credit hours, leads to state certification as a Teacher of Children with Disabilities (birth to school-age 5) (282). The program is designed to prepare students in the fundamentals of professional practice in early intervention for inclusive environments, provide students with advanced content in a variety of research areas (e.g., early childhood, early childhood special education, family relationships, collaborative consultation), and support students in practicum experiences with high needs children ages birth-5 and their families. In addition to the UMaine Graduate School application criteria, applicants will demonstrate satisfactory scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. To ensure program success, applicants will be currently working or volunteering with young children, birth to age 5, and their families. PROGRAM BENEFITS Earn an NCATE-accredited degree from the University of Maine Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in the field Practice collaborating effectively with co-teachers, family and other service providers Experience multiple perspectives through case studies, simulations and reflective exercises Complete your coursework anywhere through our innovative online format A Master’s degree in Special Education provides graduates with an understanding of the application of current evidence-based practices in K-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he/she receives the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply their understanding of children’s needs and best practices to address the needs of their students in inclusive general education learning environments. Graduate programs are designed to enrich and extend theory, practice and leadership. The hallmark of graduate work in the College is mentoring-working closely with a faculty advisor whose goal is to ensure that a student’s programs meets his/her unique needs. Small classes, led by widely recognized faculty, encourage debate, inquiry, and discussion based on real experiences and current issues. Flexibility is built into individual programs to allow the greatest impact in specific areas of need. This same commitment to individual growth and inquiry is ingrained in outreach and distance education. Program Requirements (36 credits) This 36-credit program provides a foundation in the field of early intervention/early childhood and preparation for leadership roles. The program leads to state certification as Teacher of Children with Disabilities (282, birth to school-age 5). The curriculum is designed to prepare students in the fundamentals of professional practice in early intervention for inclusive environments, provide students with advanced content in a variety of research areas (e.g., early childhood, early childhood special education, family relationships, collaborative consultation), and place students in practicum experiences with high needs children ages birth-5 and their families. Courses are delivered online. The concentration is appropriate for students with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field who are currently working with, or have a desire to serve, high needs children with disabilities, ages Prerequisites Grade of B or higher in CHF 450: Early Childhood Special Education or equivalent Satisfactory performance on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators AND on MAT or GRE Satisfactory undergraduate GPA (3.0 for regular admission) Recommendations indicate potential for success as a graduate student and as early intervention specialist (academic background and positive dispositions) Admissions essay demonstrates adequate writing skills, capacity for reflection, and commitment to the field of early intervention Evidence of completion of fingerprinting and background check (Maine Dept. of Education) Experience working in some capacity with young children with disabilities. Candidates without prior experience may be admitted, but they may be required to complete additional credit hours of field experience concurrent with course work. Core Courses EHD 510: Introduction to Educational Research SED 505: Diversity of Development SED 506: Assessment and Program Planning in Early Childhood SED 517: Servings Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments SED 511: Planning Inclusive Early Childhood Programs SED 514: Administration and Public Policy for EC SED 516: Seminar and Practicum in Collaborative Consultation SED 523: Home-based Practicum and Seminar in Early Intervention SED 521: Center-Based Practicum and Seminar in Early Intervention SED 532: Positive Behavior Support Literacy Choice: SEI, EEL, or ERL Capstone (3 credits) SED 650: Graduate Project in Early Intervention Ready to Apply? For admission to a graduate program in Special Education, students must meet basic standards of the Graduate School and special eligibility requirements of the program. Applicants may take either the GRE (no advanced test required) or the Miller Analogies Test. For students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, this testing requirement is waived. Applicants seeking admission to programs that lead to certification must submit scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with their applications (https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/). Candidates who are already certified in Maine and have taken Praxis previously may submit a copy of their certificates to document that they have met state standards on the test. Applicants may be invited for a personal interview with the Special Education faculty. Students should request financial aid information from the University’s Student Financial Aid Office. Special Education scholarships are sometimes available for candidates with documented financial needs. To be eligible, applicants must have applied for financial aid through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application. Frequently Asked Questions What can I do with an M.Ed. in Special Education – Concentration in Early Intervention? The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment of Special Education is projected to grow by 6% during 2012-2022. Demand will be driven by special needs increasing enrollment and the need for services. As screening capabilities increase, so does the need for the services provided by Special Education teachers in Early Intervention. The program prepares graduates to work with infants, toddlers, preschool aged children and their families with a range of delays/disabilities . Teachers in Special Education can also pursue employment opportunities in the private sector and as supervisors and administrators. How do I obtain information about the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test, and Praxis I? Applicants must take either the GRE (no advanced test required) or the MAT. As a faculty, we have no particular preference. However, arrangement to take the MAT can be made by contacting the Office of Student Records (207-581-1317) and normally can be made on relatively short notice, and the results are quickly available. Students who choose to enroll in a thesis program must take the GRE. You can register at the Educational Testing Service website. Information about Praxis I is available on the Educational Testing Service website. Does the M.Ed. program in Special Education require a thesis? No. What about certification? Teacher certification is granted by the Maine Department of Education, not by the University of Maine. Students who successfully complete ALL the requirements of our NCATE-approved, professional preparation programs (Teacher of Students with High Incidence Disabilities, Educational Specialist for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities) including documentation of passing scores on Praxis II in Special Education will be eligible for certification. Specific information regarding certification is available from the Maine Department of Education, Certification Services, State House Station 23, Augusta, ME 04333. If I have taken graduate courses at another university, can they be transferred to my program at UMaine? A maximum of 6 credit hours of previous graduate coursework from another institution can be transferred into the student’s program at the time of admission, or a 12 credits from the University of Maine. In order to be transferred, courses must be approved by the Special Education faculty. Determination of transfer acceptability depends on factors such as how recently the course was taken and whether it is judged equivalent to an established course in the program. Decisions on transfer of courses are made during the application/interview process. Graduate courses taken as part of one’s undergraduate program can not be transferred into the M.Ed. program. How do I obtain a faculty advisor? A Special Education faculty member is assigned to serve as a student’s advisor during the final stages of the application process. The advisor’s name will be included in the Graduate School’s letter of acceptance to the student. If you are ready to take the next step, this online admissions area can help you with the application process. To begin, follow our helpful application guide here. Most common questions are answered in this section, but please contact one of our graduate admissions professionals for additional guidance. When you’re familiar with the process you can begin your on-line application to the University of Maine Graduate School! [-]

Master of Education in Special Education – Concentration in High Incidence

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

A Master’s degree in Special Education provides graduates with an understanding of the application of current evidence-based practices in K-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he/she receives the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply their understanding of children’s needs and best practices to address the needs of their students in inclusive general education learning environments. [+]

General Overview M.Ed. in Special Education – Concentration in High Incidence This program, which requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, leads to state certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities (282) (K-8 or 7-12). The program prepares master’s level special educators to serve students in the areas of reading, math, writing, and challenging behavior. In addition to the UMaine Graduate School application criteria, applicants must demonstrate satisfactory scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and successful completion of an introductory course in special education or adapting instruction for students with disabilities. All courses require fieldwork so candidates must be working or volunteering in K-12 schools. PROGRAM BENEFITS Earn an NCATE-accredited degree from the University of Maine Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in the field Practice collaborating effectively with co-teachers, family and other service providers Experience multiple perspectives through case studies, simulations and reflective exercises Complete your coursework anywhere through our innovative online format A Master’s degree in Special Education provides graduates with an understanding of the application of current evidence-based practices in K-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he/she receives the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply their understanding of children’s needs and best practices to address the needs of their students in inclusive general education learning environments. Graduate programs are designed to enrich and extend theory, practice and leadership. The hallmark of graduate work in the College is mentoring-working closely with a faculty advisor whose goal is to ensure that a student’s programs meets his/her unique needs. Small classes, led by widely recognized faculty, encourage debate, inquiry, and discussion based on real experiences and current issues. Flexibility is built into individual programs to allow the greatest impact in specific areas of need. This same commitment to individual growth and inquiry is ingrained in outreach and distance education. Program Requirements (36 credits) This 36-credit hour program leads to state certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities (K-8 or 7-12) (282). It is designed for students who have a background in elementary or secondary education or have experience working with students with disabilities, and who can document competency and prior coursework in child/adolescent development and adapting instruction for students with disabilities (SED 302/500 or the equivalent). Applicants who have not met program prerequisites may be admitted for part-time study if they are currently employed in work with students with disabilities. Prerequisite coursework must be taken prior to enrolling in courses for the M.Ed. Courses are delivered via distance education technology. Prerequisites Grade of B or higher in SED 302, 402, SED 500 or the equivalent Satisfactory performance on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators AND on MAT or GRE Satisfactory undergraduate GPA (3.0 for regular admission) Recommendations indicate potential for success as a graduate student and special education teacher (academic background and positive dispositions) Admissions essay demonstrates adequate writing skills, capacity for reflection, and commitment to the field of special education Evidence of completion of fingerprinting and background check (Maine Dept. of Education) Experience working in some capacity with students with disabilities. Candidates without prior experience may be admitted, but they may be required to complete additional credit hours of field experience concurrent with course work. Core Courses EHD 510: Introduction to Educational Research SED 510: Diversity in Development SED 520: Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and Case Management SED 532: Behavior Management and Intervention SED 543: Program Planning and Management SED 544: Math Methods in Special Education SED 545: Intervention for Reading Difficulties SED 553: Special Education Assessment I SED 564: Universal Design for Learning in PK12 Classrooms Electives: 6 credits – selected with approval of advisor; at least 3 credits must be in literacy, SED or ERL Capstone Option A – SED 610: Internship in Special Education Teaching, K-8 or 7-12 (6 credits) Option B – SED 6XX: Graduate Project in Special Education (3 credit APPLICATION INFORMATION For admission to a graduate program in Special Education, students must meet basic standards of the Graduate School and special eligibility requirements of the program. Applicants may take either the GRE (no advanced test required) or the Miller Analogies Test. For students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, this testing requirement is waived. Applicants seeking admission to programs that lead to certification must submit scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with their applications (https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/). Candidates who are already certified in Maine and have taken Praxis previously may submit a copy of their certificates to document that they have met state standards on the test. Applicants may be invited for a personal interview with the Special Education faculty. Students should request financial aid information from the University’s Student Financial Aid Office. Special Education scholarships are sometimes available for candidates with documented financial needs. To be eligible, applicants must have applied for financial aid through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application. Frequently Asked Questions What can I do with an M.Ed. in Special Education – Concentration in High Incidence? The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment of Special Education is projected to grow by 6% during 2012-2022. Demand will be driven by special needs increasing enrollment and the need for services. As screening capabilities increase, so does the need for the services provided by Special Education teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Teachers in Special Education can also pursue employment opportunities in the private sector and as supervisors and administrators. How do I obtain information about the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test, and Praxis I? Applicants must take either the GRE (no advanced test required) or the MAT. As a faculty, we have no particular preference. However, arrangement to take the MAT can be made by contacting the Office of Student Records (207-581-1317) and normally can be made on relatively short notice, and the results are quickly available. Students who choose to enroll in a thesis program must take the GRE. You can register at the Educational Testing Service website. Information about Praxis I is available on the Educational Testing Service website. Does the M.Ed. program in Special Education require a thesis? No. What about certification? Teacher certification is granted by the Maine Department of Education, not by the University of Maine. Students who successfully complete ALL the requirements of our NCATE-approved, professional preparation programs (Teacher of Students with High Incidence Disabilities, Educational Specialist for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities) including documentation of passing scores on Praxis II in Special Education will be eligible for certification. Specific information regarding certification is available from the Maine Department of Education, Certification Services, State House Station 23, Augusta, ME 04333. If I have taken graduate courses at another university, can they be transferred to my program at UMaine? A maximum of 6 credit hours of previous graduate coursework from another institution can be transferred into the student’s program at the time of admission, or a 12 credits from the University of Maine. In order to be transferred, courses must be approved by the Special Education faculty. Determination of transfer acceptability depends on factors such as how recently the course was taken and whether it is judged equivalent to an established course in the program. Decisions on transfer of courses are made during the application/interview process. Graduate courses taken as part of one’s undergraduate program can not be transferred into the M.Ed. program. How do I obtain a faculty advisor? A Special Education faculty member is assigned to serve as a student’s advisor during the final stages of the application process. The advisor’s name will be included in the Graduate School’s letter of acceptance to the student. If you are ready to take the next step, this online admissions area can help you with the application process. To begin, follow our helpful application guide here. Most common questions are answered in this section, but please contact one of our graduate admissions professionals for additional guidance. When you’re familiar with the process you can begin your on-line application to the University of Maine Graduate School! [-]

Master of Education in Special Education – Concentration in Low Incidence

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

A Master’s degree in Special Education provides graduates with an understanding of the application of current evidence-based practices in K-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he/she receives the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply their understanding of children’s needs and best practices to address the needs of their students in inclusive general education learning environments. [+]

General Overview M.Ed. in Special Education – Concentration in Low Incidence This program, which requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, leads to state certification as an Educational Specialist for Students with Severe Disabilities (286). The program prepares master’s level special educators to serve students with autism spectrum disorder, significant intellectual disabilities, and students with multiple disabilities. In addition to the UMaine Graduate School application criteria, applicants must demonstrate satisfactory scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators and successful completion of an introductory course in special education or adapting instruction for students with disabilities. All courses require fieldwork so candidates must be working or volunteering in K-12 schools. PROGRAM BENEFITS Earn an NCATE-accredited degree from the University of Maine Learn from experienced faculty who are leaders in the field Practice collaborating effectively with co-teachers, family and other service providers Experience multiple perspectives through case studies, simulations and reflective exercises Complete your coursework anywhere through our innovative online format A Master’s degree in Special Education provides graduates with an understanding of the application of current evidence-based practices in K-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he/she receives the proper attention, assistance, and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply their understanding of children’s needs and best practices to address the needs of their students in inclusive general education learning environments. Graduate programs are designed to enrich and extend theory, practice and leadership. The hallmark of graduate work in the College is mentoring-working closely with a faculty advisor whose goal is to ensure that a student’s programs meets his/her unique needs. Small classes, led by widely recognized faculty, encourage debate, inquiry, and discussion based on real experiences and current issues. Flexibility is built into individual programs to allow the greatest impact in specific areas of need. This same commitment to individual growth and inquiry is ingrained in outreach and distance education. Program Requirements (36 credits) This 36-credit hour program leads to state certification as an Educational Specialist for Students with Severe Disabilities (286). It is designed for candidates who have an interest in working with students with autism spectrum disorders and other low incidence disabilities, and who have a background in elementary or secondary education; however, it may be appropriate for students with undergraduate majors in related fields such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, occupational and physical therapy, and nursing. Courses are delivered via distance education technology. Prerequisites Grade of B or higher in SED 302, 402, SED 500, or the equivalent Satisfactory performance on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators AND on MAT or GRE Satisfactory undergraduate GPA (3.0 for regular admission) Recommendations indicate potential for success as a graduate student and special education teacher (academic background and positive dispositions) Admissions essay demonstrates adequate writing skills, capacity for reflection, and commitment to the field of special education Evidence of completion of fingerprinting and background check (Maine Dept. of Education) Experience working in some capacity with students with disabilities. Candidates without prior experience may be admitted, but they may be required to complete additional credit hours of field experience concurrent with course work. Core Courses EHD 510: Introduction to Educational Research SED 501: Diversity in Development SED 520: Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and Case Management SED 528: Educational Methods for Students with Autism SED 536: Instructional Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities SED 543: Program Planning and Management SED 556: Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities SED 563: Positive Behavior Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders SED 564: Universal Design for Learning in PK12 Classrooms Electives – 6 credits: selected with approval of advisor; at least 3 credits must be in literacy, SED or ERL Capstone (3 credits) Option A – SED 610: Internship in Special Education, K-8 or 7-12 (6 credits) Option B – SED 6XX: Graduate Project in Special Education APPLICATION INFORMATION For admission to a graduate program in Special Education, students must meet basic standards of the Graduate School and special eligibility requirements of the program. Applicants may take either the GRE (no advanced test required) or the Miller Analogies Test. For students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, this testing requirement is waived. Applicants seeking admission to programs that lead to certification must submit scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with their applications (https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/). Candidates who are already certified in Maine and have taken Praxis previously may submit a copy of their certificates to document that they have met state standards on the test. Applicants may be invited for a personal interview with the Special Education faculty. Students should request financial aid information from the University’s Student Financial Aid Office. Special Education scholarships are sometimes available for candidates with documented financial needs. To be eligible, applicants must have applied for financial aid through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. When you are ready to apply, please first review the Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application. Frequently Asked Questions What can I do with an M.Ed. in Special Education – Concentration in Low Incidence? The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment of Special Education is projected to grow by 6% during 2012-2022. Demand will be driven by special needs increasing enrollment and the need for services. As screening capabilities increase, so does the need for the services provided by Special Education teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Teachers in Special Education can also pursue employment opportunities in the private sector and as supervisors and administrators. How do I obtain information about the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test, and Praxis I? Applicants must take either the GRE (no advanced test required) or the MAT. As a faculty, we have no particular preference. However, arrangement to take the MAT can be made by contacting the Office of Student Records (207-581-1317) and normally can be made on relatively short notice, and the results are quickly available. Students who choose to enroll in a thesis program must take the GRE. You can register at the Educational Testing Service website. Information about Praxis I is available on the Educational Testing Service website. Does the M.Ed. program in Special Education require a thesis? No. What about certification? Teacher certification is granted by the Maine Department of Education, not by the University of Maine. Students who successfully complete ALL the requirements of our NCATE-approved, professional preparation programs (Teacher of Students with High Incidence Disabilities, Educational Specialist for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities) including documentation of passing scores on Praxis II in Special Education will be eligible for certification. Specific information regarding certification is available from the Maine Department of Education, Certification Services, State House Station 23, Augusta, ME 04333. If I have taken graduate courses at another university, can they be transferred to my program at UMaine? A maximum of 6 credit hours of previous graduate coursework from another institution can be transferred into the student’s program at the time of admission, or a 12 credits from the University of Maine. In order to be transferred, courses must be approved by the Special Education faculty. Determination of transfer acceptability depends on factors such as how recently the course was taken and whether it is judged equivalent to an established course in the program. Decisions on transfer of courses are made during the application/interview process. Graduate courses taken as part of one’s undergraduate program can not be transferred into the M.Ed. program. How do I obtain a faculty advisor? A Special Education faculty member is assigned to serve as a student’s advisor during the final stages of the application process. The advisor’s name will be included in the Graduate School’s letter of acceptance to the student. If you are ready to take the next step, this online admissions area can help you with the application process. To begin, follow our helpful application guide here. Most common questions are answered in this section, but please contact one of our graduate admissions professionals for additional guidance. When you’re familiar with the process you can begin your on-line application to the University of Maine Graduate School! [-]

Professional Science Masters in Bioinformatics

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) has developed a new online Professional Science Masters program in bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the application of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches to understand biological processes. The PSM in bioinformatics is an online program and includes interdisciplinary classes across the fields of mathematics, computer science, spatial information science and engineering, and molecular and cell biology. [+]

General Overview PSM in Bioinformatics The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) has developed a new online Professional Science Masters program in bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the application of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches to understand biological processes. The PSM in bioinformatics is an online program and includes interdisciplinary classes across the fields of mathematics, computer science, spatial information science and engineering, and molecular and cell biology. GSBSE faculty from the University of Maine, the Jackson Laboratory, Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, University of New England, University of Southern Maine and Maine Medical Center Research Institute will be teaching the courses for this online degree program. The PSM provides an opportunity for advanced training directly relevant to current knowledge for their professional careers. Students entering the program are expected to come from a cell and molecular biology background and require more intensive training in math, computer and information science, or from the mathematics, computer or information sciences disciplines and need training in cell and molecular biology. The program requires fifteen credits of bioinformatics courses, nine credits of enrichment courses, and six credits of applied field experience. Graduates of the Professional Science Masters in Bioinformatics are prepared for a diverse range of careers in biotechnology, infectious diseases, pharmaceutical biomedical research, environmental sciences and forensics to name a few. The professional component of the Program prepares our graduates for leadership roles in the commercial, government and non-profit markets. The program’s interdisciplinary approach, depending on the student’s background can prepare you for positions as Computational Biologist, Biology Database Specialist, Bioinformatics Specialist, Bioinformatics Analysts among others. As a graduate of the PSM in Bioinformatics, you are transforming the landscape of business, technology and science and you’re part of a growing trend in in an emerging cross-disciplinary approach between the scientific and technical fields. Program Requirements (30 credits) A total of 15 credits of bioinformatics courses 9 credits of enrichment courses 6 credits of applied field experience are required Transfer credit from other universities and programs may be possible A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained for the PSM in Bioinformatics A sample schedule for the course of study is provided below: Fall First Year (6 cr) SIE 507 Information Systems Programming (3 cr) or BMS 525 Molecular Genetics (3 cr) MAT 541 Computational Genomics (3 cr) Spring First Year (5 cr) BMB 525 Functional Genomics (4 cr) INT 601 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr) Summer First Year (3 cr) Plus Element course (3 cr) Fall Second Year (4 cr) SIE 557 Database System Applications (3 cr) GSBSE module (1 cr) Spring Second Year (9 cr) Plus Element course (3 cr) Applied Field Research (6 cr) Summer Second Year (3 cr) Plus Element course (3 cr) The applied field experience will be self-directed and will be scheduled at the convenience of the student. With permission, other courses may be substituted for those listed for the Bioinformatics Core or Plus Element courses. In addition, as new courses are developed for online delivery, other courses may be added to the Bioinformatics Core and Plus Element courses as they become available. Prior graduate courses that have been taken by students, including courses considered for transfer will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The 6 credits of applied field experience are a cornerstone of the PSM degree. The applied field experience will integrate computer science, mathematics, biomedical sciences and plus element courses into a project that is relevant to the students’ current or future employment. The students will present their complete projects before a committee of faculty and industry leaders. APPLICATION INFORMATION A strong applicant will have an undergraduate degree in the sciences, engineering, or related discipline, with an outstanding academic record and strong GRE scores. Students entering the program are expected to come from a cell and molecular biology background and require more intensive training in math, computer and information science, or from the mathematics, computer or information sciences disciplines and need training in cell and molecular biology. The general GRE examination is required for review by the GSBSE Admissions Committee, except when the applicant has an advanced degree, in which case this requirement is waived. The GRE subject examination is not required. Evaluation for admission will also consider the motivation and career goals of the applicant in addition to research experience and the strength of recommendations. The application packet should include: University of Maine Graduate School application Letter of interest, including motivation to pursue an advanced degree GRE scores TOEFL scores, if appropriate Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references Official academic transcript Any other relevant information that will aid in the evaluation of the applicant Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for Fall semester matriculation and program start. The application review process starts in early January. Notification of admission into the program occurs throughout the Spring. To begin the application process, follow our helpful application guide here. When you’re familiar with the process you can begin your online application to the University of Maine Graduate School! What can I do with a PSM in Bioinformatics? According to AAAS Science Journal, there is an “abundant demand for scientists with professional skills”. The Boston Globe called Bioinformatics a “high demand field within the life-sciences industry” further saying that “pay goes up dramatically for those with industry experience and with a master’s or doctoral degree”. A March 2014 article in the New York Times called it “A Degree Where Techie Meets Business Smarts“. Higher salaries are typically found in the private sector, which recognizes and values the PSM Program. As a graduate of the PSM in Bioinformatics, you are transforming the landscape of business, technology and science and you’re part of a growing trend in in an emerging cross-disciplinary approach between the scientific and technical fields. Career Opportunities Sequence Assembly: This involves the use of sophisticated computer-based methods to assemble the thousands of fragments that make up the genome of an organism. Genomic Sequence Analysis: This involves mapping out the regions of a genome that code for a particular protein’s production. It also involves mapping out areas of the gene that is clipped out or discarded. All these are done using sophisticated software programs and results are then compared with databases of already mapped out genes. Functional genomics: This is the process of determining the functions of genes and determining whether they would be suitable for drug discovery. Genotyping: This involves the discovery of disease causing genes and using that knowledge to identify individuals who are susceptible to such diseases. Proteomics: An offshoot of genomic studies, this is the study of the portion of a genome that is expressed in particular cells. This usually involves the use of micro-arrays (a cutting edge technology that allows the expression level of thousands of genes in a cell sample to be quickly determined) and the results are entered in a database. This area is especially useful for drug and/or gene therapy. Pharmacogenomics: Here databases of single nucleotide polymorphisms (gene mutations that cause particular disease states or increased/decreased sensitivity to drugs) have an important role to play in future drug development efforts and in the design of clinical trials. Database Administration: This usually involves the design and maintenance of huge databases of genomic sequence and biochemical information. These databases need to be constantly updated. There is also the involvement in the development of intelligent search algorithms to search through the database and retrieve relevant information. Skills Needed Informatics problem solving skills which include computer science and genomic expertise. This would include a good understanding of how and why DNA is transcribed into RNA and then expressed as proteins. Database administration and programming skills (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, CORBA, PERL, Java, C, C++, web scripting). UNIX tends to be the operating system used for many biological programs. Being able to write programs, especially using PERL and C, on this platform and using SQL, which tends to be the language used of querying relational databases where the biological information is stored, would be highly desirable. Experience with genomic sequence analysis and molecular modelling programs would also be a good skill to possess for those looking to get into bioinformatics. Act as an effective bridge between biologist and computers scientists, especially during the design of effective tools for data analysis, storage and retrieval. Possess the necessary skills needed to effectively filter information and from possible relationships between datasets. [-]

Professional Science Masters in Engineering and Business

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

The Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business is intended for students who have a B.S. in engineering or engineering technology who want to advance into management positions. The degree combines advanced engineering and business courses with applied field experience. The applied field experience integrates the new skills learned by the student with their needs and the needs of their employer. [+]

General Overview PSM in Engineering and Business The Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Engineering and Business is intended for students who have a B.S. in engineering or engineering technology who want to advance into management positions. The degree combines advanced engineering and business courses with applied field experience. The applied field experience integrates the new skills learned by the student with their needs and the needs of their employer. The online courses will use Adobe Connect Pro, which allows the courses to be received on any computer with a high speed internet connection. Educational Objectives: Increased technical knowledge in the student’s area of engineering practice. Meet the education requirements to become a Project Management Professional as certified by the project Management Institute. Enhanced personnel and financial management skills. Technical and management skills that are integrated with the needs of their employers. Increased potential for career advancement. Five tracks are currently offered, with more in development: Aerospace Engineering Computer Engineering Wireless Engineering Electrical Engineering Surveying Engineering Program Requirements (30 credits) The PSM consists of 15 credits of engineering courses, nine credits of business courses, and six credits of applied field experience. Required courses: GEE 486: Advanced Project Management (3 credits) GEE 694: Professional Science Masters in Engineering and Business Internship (6 credits) Students must complete an additional 12 credits of approved advanced engineering courses and 9 credits of approved business or economics courses. With permission, other courses may be substituted for those listed for a track. Prior graduate courses that have been taken by students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Aerospace Engineering Concentration MEE 445: Aeronautics MEE 446: Astronautics MEE 547: Flight Dynamics and Control of Aircraft MEE 548: Spacecraft Orbit and Attitude Dynamics and Control Computer Engineering Concentration ECE 573: Microprogramming ECE 574: Cluster Computing ECE 577: Fuzzy Logic ECE 571: Advanced Microprocessor-Based Design Wireless Engineering Concentration ECE 498: Special Topics is ECE – Microwave Engineering ECE 515: Random Variables and Stochastic Processes ECE 585: Fundamentals of Wireless Communications ECE 550: Electromagnetic Theory Electrical Engineering Concentration ECE 444: Analog Integrated Circuits ECE 515: Random Variables and Stochastic Processes ECE 543: Microelectronic Devices I ECE 550: Electromagnetic Theory Surveying Engineering Concentration SVT 501: Advanced Adjustment Computations SVT 511: Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations SVT 531: Advanced Digital Photogrammetry SVT 532: Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar SVT 541: Geodesy Other courses may be substituted with permission. The nine credits of business/economics courses (courses number 400 or above) can be approved by your advisor. Courses that count toward the nine credits without need for advisor approval include the following on-line courses: BUA 400: Introduction to Accounting BUA 601: Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Organizational Operations BUA 605: Creating & Capturing Value in the Digital Economy BUA 609: Financial Statement Analysis BUA 626: Management of Contemporary Organizations BUA 649: Management Policy BUA 651: Financial Management BUA 668: Electronic Commerce ECO 410: Accelerated Introductory Economics Online Courses for the PSM: Course schedule is updated regularly. What can I do with a PSM in Engineering and Business US News and World Report says that “strong employment rates and high levels of satisfaction” are a couple of reasons why Professional Science Masters programs have risen. Engineering managers combine their management expertise with their engineering knowledge to lead their teams in highly technical tasks. Our graduates are prepared for a wide spectrum of positions ranging from the highly technical to management. Some of the careers that await you: Engineering Project Manager Industrial Management Engineer Senior Lead Analyst Construction Management Engineer Cost Systems Analyst Manufacturing Management Chemical Process Consulting Our core management curriculum and technical tracks offer the engineering professional a tech-savvy alternative to the MBA. Our graduates are prepared to meet the global market with leadership, communication and negotiation skills that compliment their technical expertise. With a Professional Science Masters in Engineering and Business, you are in a class of innovating and pioneering engineering professionals. [-]

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Master of Science in Information Systems

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

he Master of Science in Information Systems program focuses on technical, managerial and policy issues associated with constructing and managing computer-based information systems for modern organizations. All areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, providing services, control and supporting decisions. [+]

General Overview MS in Information Systems The Master of Science in Information Systems program focuses on technical, managerial and policy issues associated with constructing and managing computer-based information systems for modern organizations. All areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, providing services, control and supporting decisions. The objectives of this program are to meet the growing demand in society for graduates with high-level information system skills and provide a path for women and men from diverse fields to rapidly transition to information system career paths by providing them with foundation graduate level courses in information systems. The program is explicitly designed to accommodate students from wide ranging undergraduate degree backgrounds. Students will develop knowledge and technical skills in such areas as information system design, human-computer interaction, database systems design and management, systems development, computer networks, and information law and ethics. They will gain working familiarity with one or more programming languages, the concepts of managing resources across local and wide area networks including technical and managerial concepts of distributed systems, client-server systems, world-wide web, digital libraries, and further evolving network-based systems. Relational and object-oriented databases and systems for group decision support will also be addressed in the context of designing and managing databases. In addition, students are able to engage in courses that provide an understanding of business and engineering applications and thus provide further foundations for effective communication with end users. This graduate program is offered both on campus and in entirety by distance methods. Program Requirements (30 credits) The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) consists of 30 credits, all earned in course work. The program consists of five three-credit required core courses and a minimum of fifteen additional credits from a list of elective courses approved for the program drawn from a range of disciplines. If some required courses are duplicative of courses that may have been taken in the student’s undergraduate degree program, those courses need not be repeated, and the student will select in consultation with the MSIS Graduate Coordinator and the Steering Committee additional approved courses to arrive at the total of 30 credit hours. Required Courses The following five courses must be taken and all count toward the graduate degree unless they were counted in a student’s undergraduate program. SIE 505: Formal Foundations for Information Science Credits 3cr. SIE 507: Information Systems Programming Credits 3cr. SIE 515: Human Computer Interaction Credits 3cr. SIE 525: Information Systems Law Credits 3cr. SIE 550: Design of Information Systems Credits 3cr. Elective Courses Students must take at least fifteen additional credits that are approved in advance by the MSIS Steering Committee from the following approved elective course listings in order to arrive at the total required of 30 credits. Students should NOT assume that any combination of the following courses will be approved by the Steering Committee. Students should obtain approval of their full program of study prior to taking elective courses to ensure that they count towards their degree requirements. Students may propose additional graduate courses than those listed below be included on their program of study on a case-by-case basis or added to the list. The MSIS Steering Committee assesses the reasonableness of such requests and makes the final decision on whether specific additional courses serving the objectives of the MSIS program and the needs of the student may be included. Some of the elective graduate courses listed may require prerequisites in addition to the minimum required for general admission to the MSIS graduate program. Some schools and departments grant enrollment preference to graduate students in their own programs so check with the relevant department or college as appropriate. Business BUA 561: Knowledge Management and System Support Systems 3cr. BUA 664: Databases and Data Mining in Industry 3cr. BUA 668: Electronic Commerce Credits 3cr. Computer Science Any formally approved 400 level COS courses and above Education EDT 520: Methods of Teaching with Computer Technology Credits 3cr. EDT 545: Information Security in the Educational Environment Credits 3cr. Electrical and Computer Engineering Any 400 level ECE courses and above Interdisciplinary INT 601: Responsible Conduct of Research Credits 1cr. Intermedia Any formally approved 500 level and above NMD courses Spatial Information Science and Engineering SIE 509: Principles of Geographic Information Systems Credits 3cr. SIE 510: Geographic Information Systems Applications Credits 3cr. SIE 512: Spatial Analysis Credits 3cr. SIE 516: Virtual Reality: Research and Applications Credits 3cr. SIE 554: Spatial Reasoning Credits 3cr. SIE 555: Spatial Database Systems Credits 3cr. SIE 557: Database System Applications Credits 3cr. SIE 558: Real-Time Sensor Data Streams Credits 3cr. SIE 559: Geosensor Networks Credits 3cr. SIE 570: Spatial Cognition and Computing Credits: 3 SIE 571: Pattern Recognition and Robotics Credits 3cr. SIE 580: Ontology Engineering Principles Credits 3cr. SIE 590: Information Systems Internship Credits 3-6cr. DETAILED REQUIREMENTS: Programs of Study are approved for each student by the Steering Committee for the MSIS graduate program. This committee consists of the MSIS Graduate Program Coordinator and two additional graduate faculty members in the department or affiliated with the program. Each student’s Program of Study must include the five required core courses with the remainder of courses to be selected from an approved course list maintained by the department or proposed by the student and assessed for possible approval. The list is regularly updated and includes appropriate courses drawn from across campus. Each student’s Program of Study must be approved in advance by the MSIS Steering Committee. At least 15 credits of the 30 required on a student’s program of study must be at the 500 level or above. Up to two courses may be taken at other universities by distance methods or otherwise if contained on the student’s graduate program of study and approved in advance by the MSIS Steering Committee. Up to two graduate courses may be transferred into the student’s graduate program of study if taken prior to admission to the Graduate School, the courses did not count towards the student’s undergraduate degree requirements, and the courses are approved by the MSIS Steering Committee. The MSIS Graduate Coordinator serves as the advisor for each student admitted to the program and the MSIS Steering Committee serves as the graduate committee for each student in the program. All students must complete the entire M.S. graduate program of study within a six-year period (as established by the Graduate School). APPLICATION INFORMATION Admission to the University of Maine Master of Science in Information Systems is competitive. At a minimum an applicant must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent. Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission. Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required. The review committee considers both the curriculum completed and the institution attended in its assessment. All students apply through the Graduate School and the entire application packet including transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation must be received before a formal acceptance will be issued typically. To be considered for Fall admission, completed applications should be received 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term. What can I do with an MS in Information Systems? The future business climate will be characterized by rapid technological change, intense global competition, faster product life cycles and more complex, specialized markets. In such an environment the information needs of organizations are increasingly complex and rapidly changing. Individuals with information systems expertise who can design and develop information systems, manage sophisticated information resources, work on interdisciplinary teams and communicate effectively with business managers, engineers and other end-users are in short supply. A major goal of our graduate programs is to produce individuals who can make significant contributions to economic development by ensuring that businesses have the expertise needed to remain competitive. The demand for graduates of graduate-level information systems programs both in-state and nationally is high. Information technologies are key to enabling the growth of businesses. Individuals in all areas of private and public enterprise rely on information systems for communication, planning, control and decision support. The advanced knowledge provided by graduate-level information systems programs is needed across a wide range of commercial settings. While the market-place demand for students with graduate course work in information systems is already high, the demand for such skills is predicted to steeply increase in the years ahead. Forbes Magazine recently listed Information Systems as one of the top 4 Master’s Degree for jobs. Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions such as systems analyst, security analyst, database administrator and information systems manager. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) asserts that employers prefer to place individuals with their Master’s in Information Systems in supervisory positions and that “[e]mployment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.” [-]

Master of Science in Spatial Informatics

Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orono

The program focuses on advancing knowledge about spatial information particularly with respect to concepts needed in next-generation information systems. Emphasis is placed on developing novel concepts and methods in the broad field of geographic information science for storing, accessing, analyzing, and managing spatial data, and modeling, extracting, integrating, visualizing, and communicating geospatial information. [+]

General Overview of the MS in Spatial Informatics Program The master-of-science degree in Spatial Informatics (MSSI) provides an “all e-learning” “all coursework” degree for place-bound students that desire strong theory, computational, analytical, policy and technical foundations in geographic information science and systems. As a general rule, students may view class videos and accomplish assignments at any time throughout a week in any of the offered program courses and have the weekly opportunity (or requirement) to participate in a one to two hour “live” discussion session at a mutually convenient time for distance class members prior to due dates for weekly assignments. The program focuses on advancing knowledge about spatial information particularly with respect to concepts needed in next-generation information systems. Emphasis is placed on developing novel concepts and methods in the broad field of geographic information science for storing, accessing, analyzing, and managing spatial data, and modeling, extracting, integrating, visualizing, and communicating geospatial information. Students build on foundations in computer science, mathematics, physics, geography, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, engineering and related fields to study spatio-temporal phenomena and design intelligent spatial information systems. Spatial Informatics may be viewed as a field of study merging knowledge drawn from geographic information science, information science, cognitive science, computer science and engineering. The program is designed to meet the growing demand in society for graduates with high-level geospatial technology skills and provide a path for women and men from diverse fields to rapidly transition to information system career paths by providing them with foundation graduate level courses in information systems and geographic information science. Similar to an MBA or Law degree, the spatial informatics graduate program accommodates students from wide ranging undergraduate degree backgrounds. Objectives Students develop knowledge and technical skills in such areas as information system design, human-computer interaction, database systems design and management, systems development, computer networks, and information law and ethics. They gain working familiarity with one or more programming languages if not already acquired, the concepts of managing resources across local and wide area networks including technical and managerial concepts of distributed systems, client-server systems, world-wide web, digital libraries, and further evolving network-based systems. Relational and object-oriented databases and systems for group decision support are addressed in the context of designing and managing databases. All of these general information systems graduate courses draw on spatial technology examples or contextual environments. The online graduate program specializes in preparing graduates to better utilize location information, geographic information systems, sensors and mobile technologies in accomplishing the day-to-day tasks of businesses and government and to help advance new innovations in these domains. In addition, students have the opportunity to take courses that provide an understanding of business and engineering applications and thus provide further foundations for effective communication with end users. Program Requirements (30 credits) The Master of Science in Spatial Informatics is available only to distance students. The program consists of the same courses as taken by on-campus graduate students in Spatial Information Science and Engineering taught by the same instructors. Distance students view lectures and class discussions at times of their own choosing while deadlines for electronic delivery of assignments are often the same as for on-campus students. There is no thesis required although students may propose pursuit of a project based course as part of their graduate program if desired. As required by the University, all work for a master’s degree must be completed within six years. The timing starts with the first semester of registration after admission to the Master of Science in Spatial Informatics. Degree Requirements (30 credits) The Master of Science in Spatial Informatics (MSSI) consists of 30 credits, all earned in course work. The program consists of five three-credit required core courses and a minimum of fifteen additional credits from a list of elective courses approved for the program drawn from a range of disciplines but primarily from distance courses offered by the School of Computing and Information Science. If some required courses are duplicative of courses that may have been taken in the student’s undergraduate degree program or another graduate program, those courses need not be repeated, and the student will select in consultation with the MSSI Graduate Coordinator and MSSI Steering Committee additional approved courses to arrive at the total of 30 credit hours. Required Courses SIE 505: Formal Foundations of Information Systems 3cr. SIE 507: Information Systems Programming 3cr. SIE 515: Human Computer Interaction 3cr. SIE 525: Information Systems Law 3cr. SIE 550: Design of Information Systems 3cr. Elective Courses Students must take at least fifteen additional credits that are approved in advance by the MSSI Steering Committee from the following approved elective course listings in order to arrive at the total required of 30 credits. Elective options include: SIE 509: Principles of Geographic Information Systems 3cr. SIE 510: Geographic Information Systems Applications 3cr. SIE 512: Spatial Analysis 3cr. SIE 516: Virtual Reality: Research and Applications 3cr. SIE 554: Spatial Reasoning 3cr. SIE 555: Spatial Database Systems 3cr. SIE 557: Database System Applications 3cr. SIE 558: Real-Time Sensor Data Streams 3cr. SIE 559: Geosensor Networks 3cr. SIE 570: Spatial Cognition and Computing 3cr. SIE 571: Pattern Recognition and Robotics 3cr. SIE 580: Ontology Engineering Principles 3cr. SIE 590: Information Systems Internship 3cr. Students may propose additional elective graduate courses than those listed to be included on their program of study on a case-by-case basis or added to the list. Depending on student interests and background and course availability for distance students, some students may choose to propose one or more courses from the list of UMaine Applied GIS Courses for inclusion in their program of study. Some of the elective graduate courses may require prerequisites in addition to the minimum required for general admission to the MSSI graduate program. Detailed Requirements Programs of Study are approved for each student by the Steering Committee for the MSSI graduate program. This committee consists of the MSSI Graduate Program Coordinator and two additional graduate faculty members in the department or affiliated with the program. Each student’s Program of Study must include the five required core courses with the remainder of courses to be selected from an approved course list maintained by the department or proposed by the student and assessed for possible approval. The MSSI Steering Committee assesses the reasonableness of such requests and makes the final decision on whether specific additional courses serving the objectives of the MSSI program and the needs of the student may be included. Each student’s Program of Study must be approved in advance by the MSSI Steering Committee. Students should NOT assume that any combination of program courses will be approved by the Steering Committee. At least 15 credits of the 30 required on a student’s program of study must be at the 500 level or above. Up to two courses may be taken at other universities by distance methods or otherwise if contained on the student’s graduate program of study and approved in advance by the MSSI Steering Committee. Up to two graduate courses may be transferred into the student’s graduate program of study if taken prior to admission to the Graduate School, the courses did not count towards the student’s undergraduate degree requirements, and the courses are approved by the MSSI Steering Committee. The MSSI Graduate Coordinator serves as the advisor for each student admitted to the program and the MSSI Steering Committee serves as the graduate committee for each student in the program. All students must complete the entire M.S. graduate program of study within a six-year period (as established by the Graduate School). APPLICATION INFORMATION Admission to the University of Maine Master of Science in Spatial Informatics is competitive. In its admission process, the graduate faculty considers the potential of applicants to complete the program successfully and achieve positions of leadership in the private or public sectors. For all of our graduate programs we are generally seeking students that score at the mean or above on the verbal, quantitative and analytical segments of the GRE exam and in the 50th percentile or above on the exam overall. We generally seek an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. At a minimum an applicant must have a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent. Within their curriculum, all applicants should have completed a university course in Algebra as a minimum math prerequisite for admission. Previous programming courses or experience are recommended but not required. The review committee considers both the curriculum completed and the institution attended in its assessment. All students apply through the Graduate School and the entire application packet including transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation must be received before a formal acceptance will be issued typically. To be considered for Fall admission, completed applications should be received 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term. What can I do with an MS in Spatial Informatics? Graduates are both self-employed and employed throughout business and government in a broad range of spatial information management and system development positions. Jobs are numerous, varied and well paid. Many past graduates are involved in advancing spatial technology itself; developing software and systems to enhance the ability of individuals, business, government, and industry to better utilize location information, sensors and mobile systems in their daily tasks. Other graduates are involved in more traditional areas of managing land information systems, producing maps and digital databases through the application of geospatial technologies and techniques, or managing, developing, and preserving land. Yet others are involved in managing information about the environment, transportation and other utility systems. Regardless of choice, careers are rewarding and intellectually stimulating. [-]

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