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Teacher Preparation Programs

Thinking about a career in teaching?  Whether you’re interested in early childhood, elementary, secondary or special education, UMA either offers courses directly or works with other campuses to help you achieve your goals.

Pathways offered: UMA provides pathways to Maine teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (B-5), Early Elementary (K-3), Elementary Education (K-8), Secondary Education (7-12), and Special Education (K-12). The pathways to teacher certification involve courses, portfolio construction, three separate licensure exams, field observation, and student teaching.

Because of the multiple requirements, students work closely with the Coordinator of Teacher Certification to ensure they are enrolling in the correct courses in the recommended sequence, scheduling licensure exams at appropriate intervals, and completing portfolio requirements at recommended points.

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The Secondary Education pathway is available through UMA faculty-taught courses. This pathway is available for undergraduates and for those with baccalaureate degrees who wish to become high school teachers in Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, Health, and Art.*

Most education courses are offered either online or through videoconferencing. Undergraduates enroll in a major associated with the content area in which they want to teach and add a minor in Secondary Education. If a major is not available for the content area in which they want to teach, e.g., mathematics, students may choose a degree in Liberal Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in their chosen content area and UMA Education courses as electives. Maine certification rules require students to successfully complete at least 24 credit hours in their content area.

Students with baccalaureate degrees and at least 24 credit hours in an endorsement area can complete the necessary courses and student teaching experience through a Certificate of Study in Secondary Education.


The pathway to Early Childhood Education is available through the University of Maine at Augusta’s Mental Health and Human Services program. No student teaching is required for this endorsement. Contact Cynthia Dean or  Patricia Clark for more information.


The early elementary  pathway is available through UMA faculty-taught courses.  A certificate of study and a minor are available for this pathway. Early elementary education courses are offered in multiple modalities including face to face, ITV, videoconference, and online.  Contact Cynthia Dean or  Patricia Clark for more information.


Education courses for the elementary education pathway are offered jointly by UMA and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Through a partnership, UMA students take some of their courses online through UMPI and complete their student teaching through UMPI.


Education courses for the special education pathway are offered by the University of Maine at Machia.  Contact Cynthia Dean for more information.

*Those students wishing to pursue other endorsements should contact Cindy Dean, Coordinator of Teacher Certification for more information.