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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. Education courses are offered in multiple modalities including face to face, ITV, videoconference, and online. 

Contact Cindy Dean for more information.

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, licensure exams, field observation, and student teaching.

Because of the multiple requirements, students must work closely with their advisor 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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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (B-5)

A certificate of study and a minor are available for this pathway. Student teaching is not required for this endorsement.

EARLY ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-3)

A certificate of study and a minor are available for this pathway.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-8)

Education courses for the elementary education minor are offered jointly by UMA and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

SPECIAL EDUCATION (K-12)

Education courses for the special education pathway are offered by the University of Maine at Machias.  SpecialEdAdvisingGuide (1)

SECONDARY EDUCATION (7-12)

This pathway is available for undergraduates and for those with baccalaureate degrees who wish to become teachers of Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, Health (K-12), or Art (K-12).

Undergraduates enroll in a major associated with the content area in which they want to teach and add a minor in Secondary Education. MSecondaryEducation 

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 with a minor in secondary education. 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.

 

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