Ally Loukas is a full-time teacher, full-time mom, and full-time student with UNE Online. Here, she talks about her experience in getting both her MSEd and her CAGS at UNE Online, and how she felt supported and confident throughout her academic journey. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and what encouraged you to pursue your MSEd and now CAGS with UNE?
I’m a full-time first-grade teacher, and I live in Gouldsboro, ME with my husband, our 1 ½-year-old, and a wonderful rescue dog. I chose to get my MSEd at UNE primarily because of the flexibility of the program. When I began the program, I was pregnant and working full time, and now that I have a…
UNE is pleased to announce a new online Master of Science in Education – Inclusion Education (MSEd-IE) offered by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
The MSEd-IE program is an approved program for preparation for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities 282 Endorsement in the State of Maine and is offered 100% online.
Prepares educators to become special education teachers
Within this program, students will learn the best practices in inclusion including how to model, teach, and nurture behavioral skills. Our faculty members include highly qualified and experienced educators with first-hand knowledge of inclusion best practices.
What is “inclusion education”?
An inclusive classroom provides students with disabilities the opportunity to learn alongside their peers in age-appropriate, general education classrooms.…
We previously interviewed Joel Lowsky, Ed.D. ‘17, about his career, his research, and his plans for the future – here’s an update on what he’s up to, how he is using his Ed.D. in his work, and how his Ed.D. has helped him with career advancement.
Do you want to give us an overview of what you’ve been up to since graduation?
Shortly after graduation, I landed a management position at Aspen Dental Management, the dental support organization that supports all of the Aspen Dental-branded practices across the country. With more than 800 practices across 42 states, I lead a nationwide team of recruiters and relationship builders.
As someone with no background in dental or recruiting, I may…
‘Meet our Team’ spotlights are just one way we like to share a little bit about the people who are dedicated to UNE Online’s signature student-centric experience. What do you do here at UNE Online?
I’m a Student Support Specialist for the Education programs. I work mostly with MSEd and CAGS students.
What stands out to you in the Education program?
My team – they’re all awesome and always ready to help the new girl on the block. 🙂
What’s your favorite part about being a Student Support Specialist?
Talking to students and making personal connections. Chatting with some students about what’s going on in their schools and everything they’re balancing right now (because of the pandemic) has been really…
UNE Online has been delivering fully remote graduate courses for over ten years, and experience has taught us that online education is an art with proven techniques that lead to high-quality learning experiences.
As such, we have designed two new graduate certificates in Education to help our students face the challenges and struggles of online learning during this pandemic.
These two new graduate certificates in Education are online certificate pathways for individuals to use to become knowledgeable with online learning design and obtain the skills necessary to be able to successfully teach, design, and create meaningful online learning experiences for their own students.
The two new graduate certificates in Education are: Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning ExperiencesGraduate Certificate in …
Peggy Wallace has been teaching in the online Master of Science in Education program for 10+ years. She is a seasoned veteran who has taught hundreds of students online and has had to modify her instruction in those online settings many times before.
With COVID-19, educators are seeing the need to extensively modify aspects of learning experiences to accommodate their students in a new world.
We spoke to Peggy about the modifications she is making in her courses that require in-person teacher/student tutoring and what she is doing to support her students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You’ve modified your online instruction to accommodate the needs of students before. How is dealing with the fallout from COVID-19 different?
In the past,…
Dr. Jayne Pelletier is the Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Education at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. In this post, Dr. Pelletier discusses her background, love of education, and imparts some words of wisdom to her faculty and students.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background?
Sure! I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher, but I was an adult with small children before I went back to school to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching. After graduation, I taught middle school science and English, then moved to teaching high school, and eventually began teaching night classes for a college in New…
UNE’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience has resulted in a rise to the top 60 Online Programs in Graduate Education in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
The online Graduate Education Programs at the University of New England are dedicated to advancing and developing reflective and resourceful teachers and school leaders who are competent, caring and qualified.
UNE’s online graduate degrees in Education provide students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders and shape the future of education.
Degrees and certificates in Education at UNE Online include: MSEd: Master of Science in Education MSEd RS: Master of Science in Education – Reading Specialist CAGS: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study CAGS AEL:…
Jeffrey is currently in his third executive officer role as the Chief Information Officer for Martin’s Point Healthcare. When he felt that he’d reached a growth plateau, he took a year to research before choosing UNE’s Ed.D. to combine leadership skill acquisition, applied science, and applied research.
“The way each class builds on the next within the program, it literally all comes back to myself as a leader in my organization. I’ve experienced rapid-cycle development, seemingly on a weekly basis. Because of this program, I feel that I’ve accelerated my leadership thinking, comfort, and capability by leaps and bounds over the last two years. I can’t say enough about it. It’s been a remarkable experience.”
Faculty for the Graduate Programs in Education at UNE Online are integral to our students’ success. These tremendous professionals teach and mentor through a scholar-practitioner model because they see our students as their future peers. Calling on their experience as public school hiring managers, our instructors connect every lesson to professional situations and cultivate the skills they know are required for success.
Education faculty by the numbers
We’ve created this infographic as a way to visually represent some of the amazing credentials our faculty embody. Click to download infographic Praise for our education faculty “Our scholar-practitioner model is incredibly powerful. As educators, we come to grips at some point that a lot of the theory we learn in our prep…
Stephanie Marcotte is a student in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. She talks about her experience as an online student, how her educational leadership roles have developed throughout her time in the UNE Ed.D. program, and how her identity as a leader has changed throughout the program.
What are your current leadership roles?
Like many adjunct professors around the country, I work multiple jobs. While I believe in the establishment of full-time benefited teaching opportunities, I have learned a lot from wearing many hats. Currently, I am an adjunct professor of ESL within a credit-bearing community college academic ESL program, a teacher-trainer, a union…
One of the main responsibilities of being an administrator in the K-12 education setting is supervision and evaluation.
Understanding the importance that the roles of supervision and evaluation play in the development of teacher leaders is vital to the culture of the school in which the practices are being utilized.
In the Graduate Programs in Education at the University of New England, students in the Transformative Leadership focus area, and specifically the Supervision and Evaluation course, are provided the opportunity to share some of the key takeaways they’ve learned from the process of evaluating their own colleagues.
Findings from student feedback
A central theme that surfaced from this student feedback is that communication is integral to the supervision…
There are many ways to improve yourself, your organization, or your community, but attaining a doctorate in education might be one of the most overlooked. Leadership is a valuable trait in any sector and the unique adaptability of a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) has been attracting the attention of educators, healthcare officials, public servants, and human resource professionals alike. We’ve seen transportation consultants advancing access to basic services in rural areas, principals looking to undercover alternative pathways to success for students, and a rising number of workforce developers looking to enact more effective training courses. What makes an Ed.D. attractive to a diverse group of students, and how does an Ed.D. enable students to make an impact on…
The Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies focuses on leadership development, problem-based inquiry, and organizational change. This cohort-based program prepares mid-career professionals to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. However, those considering a Doctorate in Education often ask us how this emphasis on transformation can benefit their careers. In short, “what can you do with an EdD”?
A Diverse Student and Faculty Body Provides Opportunity
The EdD student body is the most diverse audience served by our graduate programs in education. In addition to K-12 education professionals, students in the EdD come from clinical backgrounds in healthcare settings, community colleges, and non-profit community groups and service…
Jessica Brousseau is a student in the UNE Online CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership program. As a high school counselor, she enjoys learning from the diverse perspectives and experiences of her classmates, and she feels that she especially benefits from learning how her classmates in other states deal with common situations in different ways. We spoke with her recently about her experience of being a first time 100% online student and got her perspective on the program.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership?
I work at a regional high school in Litchfield, Connecticut. This is my second year as a school counselor there, working with…
The Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program is a unique way of structuring classes where students begin on-ground in face-to-face classes to earn their Teacher Certification, and then they have the option of taking a few more classes online to earn their Master’s of Science in Education.
We spoke with Dr. Lane Clarke, Associate Professor of Education at the University of New England, about the program.
How is the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program structured?
This Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is a Teacher Certification plus a master’s program. Our students get the Teacher Certification courses from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), which are the courses that are required by the State of Maine to become certified as…
UNE Online is thrilled to share that we’ve again been named one of the top Online Programs in Graduate Education by U.S. News and World Report in their 2018 Rankings. UNE Online also received high marks in the student engagement category, ranking in the top 15% of schools for student engagement. Big shout out to all of our faculty and staff!
U.S. News and World Report calculated the rankings based on the following five categories: Student engagement (35 percent): Quality online graduate education programs grant aspiring teachers and educational administrators opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates. In turn, instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they are also tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding…
Dr. Lane Clarke is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of New England on the Biddeford Campus. As the department chair, she teaches classes at the undergraduate level to pre-service teachers in literacy and global education.
Her research interests include online teaching, technology and literacy, and working with students who struggle with literacy. She has published three books: Educating Literacy Teachers Online: Tools, Techniques, and Transformations (Clarke & Watts-Taffe, 2013), The reading turn-around: A five-part framework for differentiated instruction (Jones, Clarke & Enriquez, 2009) and High-tech teaching success: A step by step guide to using innovative technology in your classroom (Clarke & Besnoy, 2009). In addition, she has articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Journal…
Rachael Flaxman is an elementary school teacher in Maine and a student in our online MSEd program. We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week by speaking with some of our students who have dedicated their professional lives to education.
Teachers make a profound impact on the lives they touch, so we want to honor some of these very special teachers who are also our students, and who are making a difference every single day in their classroom.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Education?
I was a little bit later coming to teaching. I didn’t start teaching until I was about 30. We lived in California…
Dr. Carol Marcotte is a long-time faculty member in the Graduate Programs in Education within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Her primary specialty areas include literacy and educational leadership, and she helped a number of school supplies donated to St. Maarten.
In addition to having a background as a classroom teacher, she was also a principal for eight years. Her first role at University of New England was in 2001 as an adjunct faculty member.
Currently an Associate Lecturer in the Educational Department at UNE, Carol’s primary responsibility is to be a Concentration leader for the Certificates in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) and MSEd: Educational Leadership programs at UNE Online.
In the aftermath of several devastating hurricanes, Dr.…
This week, we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by spotlighting of some of our students who have dedicated their professional lives to education. Teachers provide so much to their students and communities and have a profound impact on the lives they touch. We want to honor some of these very special teachers who are also our education program students, and who are making a difference every day in their classroom.
Lindsey Good is one of these teachers and a student in our MSEd program. She knows firsthand how impactful teachers are in the lives they touch. Lindsey’s high school English teacher made learning so relevant and engaging for her that it inspired Lindsey to dedicate her to career giving back…
Increasingly, organizations are recognizing that workplace training and development are not only essential for retaining engaged and happy employees, but companies are also experiencing the positive impact that workplace training and development has on their bottom line.
According to Forbes Magazine, employee engagement is defined as “the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.”1
And engaged employees can have a profound impact on their business and business outcomes. In fact, engaged employees can positively affect business profitability and productivity in staggering numbers: Highly engaged business units result in 21% greater profitability (Gallup)2
Highly engaged business units realize a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity (Gallup)3 While at the same…
Colby Averill is an enrollment counselor at UNE Online and has been with the team since 2014. Colby obtained both his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Thomas College. While at Thomas College, Colby was a superstar baseball player and went on to coach during his time as an MBA student. Colby also served as a Student Ambassador while at Thomas College, acting as a liaison to the college for prospective students.
Transitioning to an enrollment counselor at UNE Online was a natural fit for Colby as he excels at connecting with prospective students, and enjoys guiding them through the challenging decision-making process. He’s also an exemplary team player and is always willing to lend a hand. Outside of his work…
Recently, we spoke with UNE graduate Kylie Bragdon ’11, Ed.D. ’18 who is running for the Maine State House of Representatives in District 136 this coming November. Bragdon has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from UNE and is currently working on her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) here at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. She’s studying the effect of K-12 education on the lobster industry in Maine.Update July 23, 2019: Kylie Bragdon joined Maine Ocean School as executive director and serves as chair of the board of selectman in Winter Harbor. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Ed.D.?
I graduated from UNE in 2011 with my B.S. in…