In the 2019-2020 school year, Maine’s students enrolled in 481 different courses. However, a closer look at this data reveal that similar courses are counted separately because each institution may use a different catalog number. For example, English 100 course titles include English Composition I and Writing Seminar. English 101 titles include College Composition, College Writing, Composition, and English Composition II. In order to get a better understanding of discrete topics, courses were grouped and assigned to a general category. Then, select course examples and topics were provided within each category. Course examples do not reflect the exact title of each course, and were synthesized for brevity. For example, United States History I, II, Civil: Past/Present/Future, US History Since 1900, US History Since 1877, and Early 20th Century US History 1989-1938 are encompassed in the General Category “History” with United States as the “Select Course Example”.


EC Course Summary (2019-20)

General Category Select Course Examples* Number of Students**
Math: Applied For Elementary Teachers/Applications/Bridge 8
Math: Algebra Models/Linear/College 368
Math: Calculus Precalculus/Calculus (Levels 1-3) 870
Math: Advanced Differential Equations/Discrete 12
Math: Statistics Introductor 650
English English Composition/Literature: Analysis, Anglo-American, British, Modern, Contemporary, American, Cultural Studies, Greek, Latin, World Masterpieces, Mythology & Fantasy/Writing: College, Journalism, Creative, Professional, Allied Health, Fiction, Poetry, Business & Technical/Women Writers/Understanding Dreaming 1504
Science: Physics General/Descriptive/Engineering 103
Science: Biology Arboriculture/Agriculture/Human/Anatomy & Physiology/Genetics/Marine/Plant/Behavior/Cellular/Evolution/Biotechnology/Cancer/Vet Technology 369
Science: Chemistry Introductory/Allied Health 210
Science: Earth & Environmental Oceanography/Sustainable Agriculture/Global Environmental Problems/Forestry/Geoscience/Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Plates/Astronomy/Meteorology 140
Science: Integrated Career Explorations 11
Science: Engineering Innovative Engineering Fundamentals/Civil Graphics/Sustainability 32
History Civilizations/Global/United States/African American/Modern Europe/American Military/Maine Woods/Maine & the Sea/Latin America/North American Indian/Ancient Near East & Greece 565
Psychology Introductory/Social Influence/Abnormal/Statistics/Motivation/Personality/Animal-Assisted Therapy/Behavior/ General/Social/ Cinema 507
Language & Culture Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish/Culture: Francophone, Japanese Society, World Food, Religious Studies 358
Computer Science Programming/Web Applications/Networking/Coding/IT/App-G/Python/Algorithms/Java/Organization/Data Structures/Logic/Security/Game Design/Virtual Reality/Visual Basic 247
Sociology Introductory/Social Problems 144
Political Science American Government/International Relations/World Politics/Theory/State & Local Government 128
Art History: Architecture, Photography, Prehistoric through Medieval/Visual Culture Modern Era/Intermedia/Sculpture/Photography/Drawing/Studio Art/Design/Watercolor/2D & 3D Design/Ceramics/Painting/Cinema/Film 128
Communication Public Speaking/Advertising/Interpersonal/Organizational/Health Communications & Marketing 118
Economics Micro/Macro/World Food Supply/Small Business Management 106
Business Introductory/Financial Accounting/Personal Finance/Law/Management/IT for Business/Entrepreneurship/Marketing/Insurance 94
Music & Theater Country/Rock/Jazz/History/Film/Audio Recording/Theory/Business/Digital/Dance/Acting/Voice & Speech/Movement 91
Criminal Justice Forensic Science/Investigations/Law 85
Health and Wellness Sciences/Sports Wilderness First Responder/Outdoor activities/Coaching/Wellness/Nutrition/SCUBA/exercise physiology/Sports Science/Emergency Medical Response/Intro to Nursing 88
Education & Human Development Exceptionality/Development: Human, Early Childhood, Childhood, Adolescent, Multicultural, Adulthood & Aging/Family Interaction/Mental Health 62
Anthropology Cultural/World Religions/Civilization in South Asia 52
Leadership Foundations/Ethics/Project Management 41
Aviation Private Pilot/History/Unmanned Aircraft/Electronics/Wing Design & Build/ 29
Native American Studies Introductory/Wabanaki Languages/Native American Cultures 19
Sign Language Introductory 18
Peace Studies Introductory/Nonviolence Perceptions/Peace & Pop Culture 10
Philosophy Introductory/Environmental/Ethics/Religion/History/Language/Community 10
Geography Introductory/Human/Topics 6
Maine Studies Introductory/Maine Coast 5
Intro to College College & Career Success 3
Community Studies Introductory 1
Library Science Introductory/Information/Careers 3
Women’s Studies Introductory/Gender/Human Sexuality 38
Total: 7233

* Does not always reflect exact title of each course, course names are synthesized for brevity

** Total students in each course by category, does not reflect headcount, if a student takes 2 courses, each course will be counted 1 time


Course selections include common gateway and general education courses. The greatest participation includes English and STEM related courses. Course subjects fulfill several different purposes. While Early College (EC) was intended to supplement the high school curriculum, EC Administrators are increasingly hearing from high school principals and school counselors that EC is supplanting the high school curriculum. EC is being utilized when there is a teacher shortage (e.g. mathematics, languages), or there are not enough teachers or students to offer advanced courses in small, rural schools (e.g. calculus, statistics). Concurrent Enrollment (CE) classes include a mix of courses that the high school would normally offer, as well as unique offerings based on the credentials of particular high school teachers. CE provides an introductory college experience for students who might not be ready for an independent online course. CE offers underprivileged students the opportunity to gain skills and confidence with the benefits of additional class time and support from their high school teacher.

According to one parent:

Early College levels the playing field for all Maine’s students.  The benefits of living in Eastport have been huge including having my children grow up with their family close by. There has been part of me, however, that has always wondered if we should have moved away to give our kids more educational opportunities.  Living in such a rural area limits access to certain classes that may be required to put kids in the best position to get into selective college programs.  This is perhaps the biggest benefit of the early college program; it gives our kids the same opportunities to get into tough programs as kids from bigger schools.

This parent attributed the EC courses at the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System in providing her children with advanced course opportunities within the supportive community environment offered by Shead High School. Her son and daughter earned scholarships and were accepted into competitive programs in engineering and radiography, respectively.


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