FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington President Theodora J. Kalikow and University of Southern Maine President Richard L. Pattenaude jointly announce a first-of-its-kind, cross-campus agreement that will allow USM’S masters-level courses to be offered at the Farmington campus beginning next fall.

The first classes will be offered in September. An informational meeting and reception will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 16, in North Dining Hall in UMF’S Olsen Student Center. Details about the program, including a schedule of classes and registration and advising information, will be provided at the informational meeting.

The agreement comes in response to a growing need in western and central Maine to offer additional teacher training for special education teachers and to place even higher qualified special education teachers in the classroom.

The agreement arranges a framework through which USM and UMF can provide a specific set of master’s level courses in special education to teachers residing in an area of the state for whom local access to a full master’s degree program is otherwise unattainable.

Courses to be offered at the Farmington campus will be of interest to special education teachers in the western Maine and central Maine areas interested in obtaining a master’s of science degree in special education from the University of Southern Maine. Certain courses may also be of interest to special education teachers who are not yet certified, those with a bachelor’s degree who are interested in becoming special education teachers, as well as elementary and secondary classroom teachers who experience learning or behavioral challenges in their classrooms.

For more information about the master’s program, contact UMF’s Raymond Glass, at [email protected] or 207-778-7268.

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