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2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog 
2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate Programs Offered through the Continuing Education Division

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Certificate of Studies in Accounting (21 Credits)

The University of Maine Business School Certificate of Studies in Accounting (CSA) is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a field other than accounting and who want to prepare to enter the accounting profession. The CSA provides an understanding of the body of technical knowledge common to all practicing accountants. The program furnishes the broad training in accounting necessary to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam in Maine. The Certificate Program requires twenty-four credit hours in accounting (8 courses).

  • Each applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and provide a transcript from each institution attended.
  • All courses must be taken for credit (no pass/fail permitted).
  • All course work must be completed with at least a 2.0 overall grade point average.
  • Including the last 12 credit hours, at least 50% of the candidate’s coursework must be taken at the University of Maine.
  • Beginning with the May 2003 exam, the State of Maine will require 150 hours of education, including a bachelor’s degree and 24 credit hours of accounting prior to applying to sit for the CPA exam. Students planning to take the CPA exam should take as many of the non-required accounting courses as possible plus business law (BUA 220 or its equivalent).
  • Students must be advised by an accounting professor regarding their program of study.
  • BUA 201 and BUA 202 may be taken in separate 3-week May or summer sessions to accelerate the student’s progress through the program.
  • Certificate students who are planning to pursue a M.S. in Accounting at UMaine and are admitted to the Graduate School may take any 600-level accounting course as an elective.

In addition, choose one of the following courses:

Child and Family Services Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 Credits)

The Child and Family Services Certificate is a 15 credit post-baccalaureate certificate program focusing on the knowledge, values and skills necessary for practice with children and families. The core curriculum is built around the foundation year courses of the University of Maine’s Master of Social Work program, and utilizes distance education technology and off site locations to meet the needs of a statewide audience. At least one course per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) will be offered over the UNET system via compressed video. Off-site location courses will be offered at the Bangor Department of Human Services office. All courses taken through the Child and Family Services Certificate program are recorded on a transcript and credits earned can be applied towards the M.S.W. degree if the student is accepted into the UM School of Social Work. Enrolling in the Child and Family Services Certificate Program does not guarantee admission into the matriculated M.S.W. program. Please contact School of Social Work, (207) 581-2389 for further information.

Certificate in Classical Studies (18 Credits)

Interested in Classics? Want to read the Great Books from Classical Antiquity? Are you interested in Learning Latin?

And Mythology, and the Origin of Customs, Values, and Ideas from the Great Melting Pot of the Multicultural World of Classical Antiquity?

If these ideas are appealing to you, you may want to consider a New Program in Classical Studies offered through the Division of Lifelong Learning.

The classical period in Western history, defined as the period from the Bronze Age to the fail of the Roman Empire in the fifth century CE, comprises the roots of modern society. In order to understand where we are and where we are going, it is necessary to know where we have been. European and American literature, philosophy, law, religion, politics, language, and art have all been directly or indirectly formed in reaction to Classical culture. By examination and study of classical civilization, the student will develop a sense of how the ancients responded to the universal questions of human experience. Through an implicit comparison of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome to our own, the student will also come to have a fuller understanding of the humanist and cultural impulses which have formed and which continue to form our own experience.

This program is available through the Division of Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education/Summer Session. Courses will be available through a combination of distance education and evening or weekend on-site courses at the University of Maine. For more information, please contact:

Kristina Passman,
Coordinator of Classical Studies Program
Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures
Department of Modern Languages and Classics,
(207) 581-2073

Certificate in Equine Studies (18 Credits)

The Certificate in Equine Studies is designed for individuals from various backgrounds who wish to improve their knowledge of equine management and reproduction. The program is designed to cater to the needs of each individual, from beginners with no horse experience, to equine professionals who wish to strengthen their equine credentials. Although the Certificate can provide a broad education on horses, possible areas of specialization include harness race horse training, assisted equine reproduction, and draft horse management.

Currently there is no program providing further education about equine management and reproduction available to the horse-owning public in Maine. As a result of this lack of information, horses, and their owners, frequently suffer unnecessary economic and physical hardship. The University of Maine now has the expertise available to correct this deficiency by offering this Certificate in Equine Studies through Animal and Veterinary Sciences and the Division of Lifelong Learning.

Prior to entry into the program, applicants must complete BIO 100 at the University of Maine or an equivalent course at another institution.

Requirements for Completion of the Certificate:

The student must complete the following three classes.

The student selects an additional 8 or more credits from this list:

No more than 8 credits of AVS 397 may be counted towards the 18-credit total.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

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Certificate in Global Positioning Systems-Geodesy and Applications (9 credits)

The Global Positioning Systems-Geodesy and Applications Program (GPS-GAP) addresses the geodetic, mathematical and physical foundation of geospatial positioning with GPS (Global Positioning System).  The courses deal with sufficient depth and rigor as needed for all geospatial positioning accuracy levels, in either real-time or post process.  Because the courses stress mathematics and physics, they are useful for undergraduate and graduate students to fulfill course requirements in engineering and science.  Students will feel satisfaction from experiencing how mathematics, statistics, physics, electronics, and global data communication come together to generate an amazing global system.  Practitioners and application developers will gain useful knowledge from these courses for exploring satellite positioning within the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), consisting of GPS, the Russian GLONASS and the forthcoming European GALILEO systems.


Certificate in Health Care Administration (15 Credits)

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Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (18 Credits)

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Certificate in Landscape Horticulture Studies

The Certificate in Landscape Horticulture Studies (LHS) program at the University of Maine offers students the opportunity to pursue the study of landscape horticulture through a series of core courses. Optional satellite certificate programs allow students to specialize in an area of their choice.

Program Requirement:

Courses are arranged in the recommended sequence.  Each semester serves as a prerequisite for the following semester.  All prerequisites listed for LHC courses must have a grade of C- or higher before any upper level LHC courses can be taken.  LHC courses with a grade below a C- will not be counted towards graduation credits.  For further information please contact William L. Mitchell, Landscape Horticulture Program Coordinator, by email at or by phone at (207) 581-2948.

Certificate in Ornamental Plant Materials (15 Credits - The CORE)

Certificate in Garden Design (26 credits)

The market potential for the certificate program is mainly the non-traditional student who is looking for opportunities that would allow them to take specific courses in an area of horticulture interest This certificate program is based on the premise potential students will only take one course per semester. Therefore the core can be finished in five sequential semesters. The Core program will begin in the spring semester only with LHC 110 Horticultural Science. This will accomplish two major objectives, 1) allows entering students to take the prerequisite course (LHC 110 ) before the fall semester. Secondly this allows students transferring into the LHC Program in the spring semester the opportunity to take the prerequisite course (LHC 110 ) before the fall semester thus allowing the student to mainline into the LHC Program sooner. The satellite certificate programs can be started upon completion of the core.

The CORE plus (12 cr.)

Certificate in Ornamental Plant Production (21 credits)

The CORE plus (12 cr.)

Certificate in Maine Studies (18 Credits)

The Certificate in Maine Studies is an 18-hour program that offers students an opportunity to specialize in the study of Maine through courses in history, literature, women’s studies, Franco-American studies, Native American studies, political science, geology, and other disciplines. With faculty approval, students may also make special arrangements for readings courses, independent studies, or field studies. In recognition of the completion of 18 credits in Maine-related courses, the University of Maine will award the Certificate in Maine Studies.

The Maine Studies program recognizes the value of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding historical and contemporary issues such as developing Maine’s economy, protecting its environment, and appreciating the cultures of the state’s diverse population. Courses in Maine Studies will lead teachers, government workers, service providers and business people to a greater understanding of Maine, past and present. And people with a general interest in Maine will enjoy an enriched appreciation for the state’s land and people, the history and culture, the flora and fauna. For more information or to enroll in the program, please contact Carol Toner, Maine Studies Office, (207) 581-3147 or email, or visit our web site at

Certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (18 Credits)

Peace and Reconciliation Studies is defined as the interdisciplinary examination of the conditions that make for peace, with a special emphasis on reconciliation (forgiveness) as a vital factor in the realization of peace. It also investigates the obstacles to the realization of these conditions, drawing on theories and methods from diverse disciplines to focus on what makes for the development of a just and peaceful world order. Peace and Reconciliation Studies relates scholarship to praxis and challenges those who engage in it to develop new ways of thinking and acting in the world.


Peace and Reconciliation Studies offers an 18-credit interdisciplinary curriculum with the following requirements. Any course with a PAX designator that is offered at any UMS site, is also part of the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Curriculum. If there is a course outside of Peace and Reconciliation Studies that you feel has value and relevance to the concentration, and you wish to take it as part of your program, please contact the academic director, Tina Passman,

Certificate in School-Based Adventure Education (12 Credits)

The Certificate in School-Based Adventure Education prepares students for entry level positions and provides continuing education opportunities to current practitioners and teachers, The certificate focuses primarily on the use and management of the ropes course and artificial climbing walls in the public school, camp, and organizational settings. The curriculum also introduces the student to generic skills in wilderness travel and wilderness medicine.

Suggested courses and sequence:

Certificate in Supervisory Leadership

The University of Maine Certificate in Supervision provides hands-on training designed for men and women who coordinate, guide, and evaluate the performance of colleagues who report directly to them. Classes cover the topics of greatest need in today’s workplace, communication, team building, problem solving, motivation, delegation, organization, performance evaluation, diversity, conflict management, and personal development.  Each class has a fee of $145.00.  For information or registration, call (207) 581-3414.

Our approach to supervisory skill building

Skill development requires at least two kinds of learning with respect to the process of supervision. First, it is necessary to develop a cognitive understanding of the behaviors that, when performed in the appropriate supervisory context, leads to effective results. The second requirement is the ability to actually perform these behaviors in the appropriate contexts. In each of the six modules skills are developed by converting abstract generalizations to situation specific behaviors. During each session specific job-related issues pertinent to the overall content of the particular module are identified. These issues are then translated into teachable supervisory skills. During individual seminars, every effort is made to motivate the participants to implement what is learned. Corporate and Organizational Learning Services at The University of Maine can help you achieve your corporate education goals with practical information, timely delivery, the latest techniques and convenient access to successful professionals.  Classes can also be packaged into a customized program we can offer at your site.  We are here to meet your employee education needs.  Call us at (207) 581-3414 anytime and we’ll work with you to design and deliver a cost effective and “bottom-line” efficient program for you.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)

TESOL Certificate Program (1 week or 4 week options)
The TESOL Certificate Programs are designed for students who wish to teach English as a second or other language outside the United States. The one-week option provides an introductory overview of ESL theory and teaching techniques. The four-week option offers students an in-depth examination of pedagogical topics and provides more practicum experience. Both non-credit programs would be particularly suitable for prospective Peace Corps Volunteers or current students wishing to live or travel outside the United States.

The program is restricted to 10 participants and will be taught by 3 instructors with experience in English Language Teaching overseas and in the US.

Students get hands on practice working with international students both as practice teachers and also as conversation partners.

By the end of the program students have a principled base to start a TESOL experience in another country

Program Topics may include:
Language Acquisition and its Application in the Classroom,
Teaching Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking in an ESL/EFL Context
The Learning Styles of English Language Learners
Using Video in the Classroom
Storytelling Techniques
Classroom Management Strategies
Needs Analysis
Adapting Classroom Materials for Specific Contexts
Living and Teaching in Another Culture
Practicum Experiences
Observing Teachers and Team Teaching
Effective Conversation Partnering

For further details, please contact Chris Mares, The Intensive English Institute, 108 Hannibal Hamlin Hall, (207) 581-3895 or email

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