Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Special Education, Minor

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The Special Education (SED) Minor provides students with the opportunity to explore issues of access and inclusion in K-12 education. SED minors will gain comprehensive knowledge related to valuing diversity and accommodating and supporting individuals with disabilities. 

The Special Education Licensure Track Minor provides Education students with the coursework needed for the 282 Teacher of Children with Disabilities licensure in the State of Maine. The only additional requirement is either to complete a student teaching experience in Special Education or to be hired as a special educator and complete one year in this position before applying for official licensure. Education majors interested in the licensure track should talk to advisors early to discuss this option and the possibility of doing UMF’s 4+1 Special Education Master’s Program that allows students to complete their Master’s degree in one additional year of schooling, putting them at a competitive advantage in their chosen career field.

The Special Education Minor for non-education majors comprises 15 credits, as described below, and is open to students in any major. 

Interested students must complete a Program/Plan Change Form with their advisor and document their intent to declare a Special Education minor. Applicants meeting the following requirements will be considered for admission (based on the enrollment capacity of the program):

  • Current GPA of at least 2.75
  • 12 earned credits

Total Credits for the Minor: *

  •  *Total depends upon the chosen track.
  • A minimum of one-third of the required credits must be earned at UMF for a minor to be awarded.

Non-Licensure Track (15 Credits)

Learning Goals and Assessment Criteria

Learning Goals:

Explore issues of access and inclusion for individuals with disabilities through the lifespan. Use assessment to determine needed accommodations and modifications for supporting individuals with disabilities.

Implement accommodations and modifications and evaluate effectiveness using data.

Assessment Criteria:

For both the licensure track and the minor, a grade of B- or higher must be achieved in all special education courses to complete the track/minor successfully.

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