Format Credit Hours Tuition Application Deadline Test Requirements
100% Online 30 credits $439/cr. in-state and $549/cr. out-of-state* Rolling Admission None

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program.

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Curriculum

A minimum of 30 semester hours past a master’s degree is required to earn the C.A.S. Candidates must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in professional education coursework at the 500 and/or 600-level at the University of Maine. A master’s degree in the C.A.S. subject matter is required for admission.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education

The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) degree goes beyond the master’s level and can serve as a good introduction to graduate research in the field of special education.

A minimum of 30 semester hours past a master’s degree is required to earn the C.A.S. Candidates must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in professional education coursework at the 500 and/or 600-level at the University of Maine. A master’s degree in the CAS subject matter is required for admission.

Prerequisites for admission to the C.A.S. program include:

  • A master’s degree in a related field (e.g., education, special education, related service)
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.25
  • Current Maine licensure as an educator

For more information about this program, contact the program coordinator, Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

Admissions

For admission to a C.A.S. in Special Education, students must meet basic standards of the Graduate School and special eligibility requirements of the program.

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.

Requirements

  • A master’s degree in a related field (e.g., education, special education, related service)
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.25
  • Current Maine licensure as an educator

Application Materials

If you currently hold teaching certification/licensure please attach a copy of your certification record with your application. Working with students is a requirement in the special education program, and schools require proof of fingerprint/background check.  Please submit proof of credentials. Visit the Maine DOE website for more information:  https://www.maine.gov/doe/cert

When you are ready to apply, please first review these application instructions. Then, complete your online application.

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Faculty

The Education and Human Development faculty at the University of Maine is committed to providing you with the finest educational resources, theories and practices available.

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Contact Us

Have questions about earning your C.A.S. in Special Education online with UMaine? Contact Dagmar, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

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