Non-Matriculated Course Offerings

At UNE Online, the majority of our 100% online graduate Education courses are available for you to take individually as a non-matriculated student.

  • Are you looking to fulfill a certification requirement?
  • Do you have a gap in your portfolio?
  • Do you have Continuing Education credits floating around, and need a course or two to turn them into a certificate or something meaningful?
  • Do you need graduate credits to fulfill re-certification requirements?
  • Have you been assigned a new teaching role, and need additional training that is not in your area of expertise?

At UNE Online, we have course offerings that can help you fulfill certification requirements or skill gaps. All of our courses are eight weeks long and are offered at six start times per year. We have the flexibility to accommodate whatever schedule you may have, whenever you need to start. UNE Online offers several focus areas and pathways, and a few of our most popular courses are listed beneath our tracks below:

Focus Area: Adult Education

EDU 759: Preparing Students for College, Careers & Citizenship (Credits: 3)

The initiation, building and continuation of educational, business and community partnerships and collaborations are critical to the success of CTE schools. This course will explore how these partnerships work and build upon that knowledge to put ideas into action. Students in this course will discover how vital and active partnerships provide ground for unique collaborations that serve students by fostering business apprenticeships, post-secondary articulations and dual enrollments, parental and community support, grants/scholarships/donations, curricula content expertise and the overall understanding of macro trends and opportunities. 

EDU 760: Adult Learning Theory (Credits: 3)

Participants in this course will examine the major assumptions and tenets of adult learning theory including andragogy and self-directed learning, constructivism, experiential and situated learning, and transformative learning theory. The goal of this course is to familiarize participants with current research and its practical applications for use in settings such as workshops, classrooms, and within the area of training and development. Students will develop strategies to address issues faced by educators of adults, helping them be more effective and responsive to the needs of the learners they serve.

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EDU 761: Adult Literacy (Credits: 3)

The goal of this course is to familiarize participants with the role literacy plays in the classroom and the workplace; specifically in regard to training and professional development as well as in formal classroom settings. Participants in this course will examine literacy in different contexts including social, digital, the media, and English as a second language. Students will create materials that adult learners can access at multiple literacy levels, and develop strategies for best practice.

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EDU 762: Designing Curriculum for Adults (Credits: 3)

This course provides the foundations of the curriculum planning processes with the goal of promoting the cognitive, personal, and social development of curriculum planners. Participants explore both theory and practice while examining the principles of curriculum development. The course also considers institutional and program contexts and the collaborative nature of curriculum work within the participant's own professional environment. 

Focus Area: Inclusion Education

As a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we understand that many states are discontinuing conditional and provisions certifications for Special Educators. We offer 15 graduate credits in Inclusion that may enable you to fulfill graduate credit requirements for full certification. We’ve highlighted our most popular Inclusion courses below.

EDU 723: Teaching and Learning in Inclusion Settings (Credits:3)

This course focuses on methods and strategies for teaching students with special needs. Current issues of concern, learning standards, promising practices, behavioral strategies, and methods for individualizing, differentiating, creating, and providing universally designed instruction are covered. Participants will be expected to conduct observations in schools and plan and implement instructional activities with students with disabilities. Participants can pursue an elementary or secondary strand.

*EDU 723 meets the “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom” requirement for the State of Maine. The State of Maine requires, based on federal mainstreaming regulations, an approved course that meets the “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom” requirement. The three-credit course, EDU 723: Teaching and Learning in Inclusion Settings is pre-approved by the State of Maine Certification office for initial credentialing. To view the comprehensive list of approved courses, please visit:

EDU 720: Special Education Law for the Classroom (Credits:3)

Laws, regulations, and judicial decisions relating to the education of students with special needs are discussed. Methods of conflict resolution, mediation, and ethical standards are examined. Students will be required to apply what they learn as they analyze real-life case scenarios.

Focus Area: Literacy

EDU 741: Literacy Assessments (Credits:3)

This course focuses on the use of assessments in determining a student’s reading and/or writing skills. Teachers will examine, create, evaluate, and reflect on a variety of literacy assessments as they are directly connected to data-driven instruction and student literacy achievement. Each course module will engage teachers in becoming familiar with a range of assessments and how to use data from these assessments in developing lessons and activities that will allow students to learn subject content as well as develop and deepen literacy skills. Teachers will be engaged in the research around assessments as well as how to modify assessments and instruction based on assessments to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Focus Area: Educational Leadership

EDU 702: School Law (Credits:3)

This course provides a foundation of the legal underpinnings of the American education system and explores how legal decisions have had an effect on schools.  Specific legal principles relating to church/state issues, tort liability, teacher responsibilities, student rights and administrative concerns such as contracts and collective bargaining are examined. Participants will analyze case studies to apply their understanding and create a compendium of the laws unique to the states in which they work.

EDU 704: Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel (Credits:3)

Supervision and evaluation strategies need to support teachers’ growth into strong, competent professionals. This course examines requirements of educational leaders engaged in supervising and evaluating educational personnel, and explores new directions and procedures currently under development. Emphasis is given to understanding the theory behind the practice, strengths and weaknesses of varying methods, and hands-on applications. Drawing on knowledge of developmental stages and multiple styles of learning and teaching, participants consider such practices as peer evaluations, self-evaluations, portfolios, and mentoring.

EDU 709: School Finance (Credits:3)

The course traces the historical background and development of school finance acts and examines the intent, concepts, and relationship inherent in these acts. Processes by which state subsidies are computed, allocated and distributed are considered. Budget and expenditure practices in relation to these acts are illustrated. Emphasis is placed on helping students develop a clear conceptual understanding of the overall methods by which state aid is provided to local school systems. Readings, research, and other assignments are designed to acquaint students with school finance practices in their respective states. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Online Graduate Programs in Education by U.S. News & World Report, and regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), you can be sure that your successful completion of coursework at UNE Online will be a well-respected and worthy addition to your portfolio.

Tuition and Fees

MSEd, CAGS & Post-Master’s Professional Education

Application Fee (non-refundable)
Not Applicable
General Services Fee (per semester, non-refundable for matriculated students)
Not Applicable
Tuition (per credit hour)
Technology Fee (per semester)
Registration Fee

*Courses need to be paid in full prior to start date in order to be eligible to begin course Check with your employer to see whether they offer and if you are eligible for tuition reimbursement, or to see if they participate in a partnership program with UNE Online.

For more information and to apply to one of our non-matriculated courses, contact one of our dedicated enrollment counselors today.

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