School of Education and Human Development


2016 Gorham Reunion

On a brilliant summer day in Gorham nearly 80 graduates from USM's predecessor institutions, Gorham Normal School, Gorham State Teachers College and Gorham State College, gathered to reconnect and reminisce about their shared college experience and their lives since graduation. For some, it was a chance to see classmates for the first time in years and for others the annual opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Joe and Dorice Presenting

USM students looking for healing for Maine's First Nation population

Despite hundreds of years of hostility and neglect towards Maine's First Nation people, a pair of USM graduate students find reason for hope and healing.

Master’s candidate Amber Russo named Thornton Academy’s Teacher of the Year

USM master's candidate Amber Russo has been named Thornton Academy's Teacher of the Year and is the school's nomination for 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year.

Ph.D. candidate Katie Hawes called upon to lead local Maine school district

University of Southern Maine Ph.D. candidate Katie Hawes has been selected the next superintendent of RSU 21. Hawes will take over for interim superintendent Kevin Crowley on July 1 after receiving unanimous support from the RSU 21 Board of Directors.

USM and UMF Create New Accelerated Rehabilitation Counseling Degree

The University of Southern Maine and University of Maine at Farmington have worked in partnership to create a new academic program to address the national shortage of rehabilitation counselors. The Counseling 3+2 (BS to MSC) degree, which begins in Fall 2015, allows students to achieve both their bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation service and master’s degree in counseling in five years, rather than the typical six.

Alumna Karen MacDonald '81 honored by President Obama for being named Maine's 2014 Teacher of the Year!

Karen MacDonald gets to meet President Obama! Congratulations to Karen for being honored by President Obama for being named Maine's 2014 Teacher of the Year!

Seven University of Southern Maine School of Education Alumni and Students Awarded Maine Teacher of the Year Honors

Six graduates and one current student from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Education and Human Development were recently recognized for their selection as Maine's 2014 Teachers of the Year at the USM Alumni Educators’ Reunion Luncheon.

Celebrating and protecting Maine's educational system - an Op Ed by Dr. Flynn Ross in the Bangor Daily News

The success of Maine's schools and a cautionary statement about the need to invest in education, is discussed in an Op Ed by Dr. Flynn Ross, professor of teacher education at USM. She references research done by Dr. David L. Silvernail and the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at USM, along with other data to support her case.

Maine Teen Writing 2014

The Literacy, Language and Culture Program, in collaboration with the Southern Maine Writing Project and the Betterment Fund, has released Maine Teen Writing 2014: A Collection of Award-Winning Works by Maine Middle and High School Students.

Dr. Flynn Ross publishes new op-ed in the Portland Press Herald on new graduates to expect challenges and joys

Flynn Ross, a professor of teacher education at the University of Southern Maine discusses the demands, rewards, and joys of the teaching profession.