April 2, 2007
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold an outreach and orientation session on Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 6 p.m., for teachers and others interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree at UMFK.
The session will take place in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room on the UMFK campus.
The master's of science in education (M.S. Ed.) program will begin this fall at UMFK, through a combination of face-to-face classes, on-line instruction, and videoconferencing, in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine (USM).
"This degree is much needed in the St. John Valley, and throughout Aroostook County," explained Dr. Richard W. Cost, president of UMFK. "Despite the near-heroic efforts of classroom teachers from this part of the state, traveling to Orono or beyond - on a regular basis for a period of several years - was not practical for most teachers. Yet they wanted and needed that degree, so they literally went the distance. This is a service we should be providing to this region as a public university."
The actual degree initially will be granted by USM, which, along with the University of Maine, currently offers the only graduate programs within the University of Maine System.
University of Maine System Chancellor, Terry MacTaggart, announced the creation of the new academic outreach program at a news conference last week in Macias. The program is intended to help school teachers in rural parts of Maine earn a master's degree.
The M.S. Ed. program requires 36 course credit hours of study to earn the degree. Courses will be offered through a specially-designed schedule to accommodate working teachers. Three, 10-week terms will be held over the course of a calendar year.
"Under this structure, participating students should be able to complete a master's degree within four years," explained Richard Barnes, a USM faculty member and director of the University System's Regional Teacher Development Center Network. "We will offer our students a common-core curriculum with the opportunity to select additional courses based on their individual needs and interests.
Barnes added that all courses will be taught by full-time faculty from UMFK, as well as from USM and the University of Maine.
For further information on the outreach session, please call 834-7509.