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 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. [-]

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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.” [-]

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