University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Students may choose a minor field of study, commonly called a minor, along with their major. A minor usually consists of 20 credits of study. Minors are optional, but many students find that a minor is helpful in providing greater career opportunities after graduation. The requirements for the various minors are listed within individual majors as well as in this section.
Following are the requirements for official University of Maine at Farmington minors. Contact the chairperson of the department offering the minor for an application.
*Starred courses have pre-requisites not included in the minor requirements.

Special Education

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 Minor comprises 20 credits as described below and is open to students in any major. A grade of B- or higher must be achieved in all special education courses to complete the minor successfully. Interested students must complete an application and essay, and submit it to the Special Education Department. Applicants meeting the following requirements will be considered for admission (based on the enrollment capacity of the program):

  • Current GPA of at least 3.000

  • 12 earned credits

  • Essay indicating student rationale for minor

  • Interview with a special education faculty member

NOTE: Courses from other institutions are not automatically equivalent for the minor.


Twenty credits from the following:
SED 100 Introduction to Special Education      4
SED 106

Sign Language (Note: Does not meet Maine special education certification requirements)

SED 210 Assessment in Special Education      4
SED 212 Assistive and Instructional Technology in Special Education      4
SED 215 Curriculum, Instruction, and Classroom Management in Special Education      4
SED 216 Universal Design for Learning      4
SED 222 Understanding Students with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities      4
SED 301 Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction in Special Education      4
SED 307 Mathematics Methods in Special Education      4
SED 308 Individualized Positive Behavior Supports      4
SED 314 Content Literacy Methods in Special Education       4
SED 320 Transition, Advocacy and Self-Determination      4
SED 360 Teaching Children with Learning and Behavior Problems in the Regular Classroom      4
  (for Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood Special Education majors only)  
SED 361 Teaching Students with Disabilities and At-Risk Conditions in the Secondary General Classroom      4
  (for Secondary/Middle Education majors only)  
SED 419 Assistive and Instructional Technology in Special Education 4
SED 429 Individualized Positive Behavior Supports 4
SED 450 Special Education Regulations and Practice      4
SED 177, 277, 377, 477 Special Education Topics Courses (as approved by advisor)   2-4
A minimum of one third of the required credits must be earned at UMF for a minor to be awarded.
Total credits for the Minor: 20

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