Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

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Cindy Dean, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Coordinator of Teacher Certification
University of Maine at Augusta
110 Jewett Hall
46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330


Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday  11AM - 2PM or by appointment



UMA offers student teaching experiences for those seeking a Maine Department of Education endorsement for early elementary teacher (K-3). Students who wish to student teach must apply the semester before he or she wishes to student teach. The application deadline for spring placements is October 1; the application deadline for fall placements is February 1. The student teaching practicum is a 15 week, 12 credit course (EDU 492). Student teachers are placed in schools within a reasonable driving distance of their homes. Student teachers work closely with their mentor teacher and their university supervisor throughout the student teaching experience. Student teachers also meet monthly via video conference platforms and participate in a portfolio defense at the conclusion of their student teaching practicums.







The Maine Certification office offers an endorsement for 029 Early Elementary Teacher (K-3). Student teaching is required for Early Elementary teachers. A complete listing of Maine Department of Education Certificates and Endorsements is included in Chapter 115 Part II available at the Maine DOE website.

Endorsement 029: Early Elementary Teacher (K-3)

Certificate of Study in Early Elementary Teacher (K-3) Checksheet



  • EDU 250 Foundations of Education
  • EDU/HUS/PSY 362 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • EDU 366 Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • EDU/HUS 327 Mathematics for the Young Child
  • EDU/HUS 329 Science and the Project Approach for the Young Child
  • EDU/HUS 325 Social Studies and the Project Approach for the Young Child
  • EDU 387 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom
  • Choose two of the following:

      *EDU/HUS 160 Introduction to Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

      *EDU/HUS 261 Early Childhood Curriclum: Early Learning Environment

      *EDU/HUS 352 Interventions for Children and Families

      *EDU/HUS 328 Creative Development and Art for Young Children

  • EDU 492 Student Teaching Early Elementary Education  (12 credits)


Additional Requirements:

  • Six credits each in liberal arts English, science, social studies, and mathematics
  • Complete MDOE fingerprinting and criminal check requirement
  • Praxis Core passed before applying to student teach

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading: test code 5712, score requirement 156

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing: test code 5722, score requirement 162

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing: test code 5732, score requirement: 150

(Note: To take all three together, register for the Combined Test: test code: 5751. Applicants can also achieve a composite score of 468 in the three sections with no single score being lower than three points lower than the required scores.)



Final Portfolio/Professional Portfolio - Required at the conclusion of student teaching
  • Letter of introduction
  • Philosophy of learning and teaching
  • Evidence of growth in and understanding of  in the eleven Initial Teacher Certification Standards for Maine (artifacts and/or reflections)
  • Oral defense
  • Maine's Initial Teacher Standards

    The state of Maine requires teacher candidates to demonstrate knowledge of these standards.  Maine recently adopted the InTASC standards and the NETS-T standards as Maine's Teacher Standards. At UMA, a teaching portfolio is the means for teacher candidates to show their understanding of and growth towards these standards.

    Maine Department of Education

    This is a comprehensive website that encompasses Maine's Education Plan and the various initiatives that comprise that plan.

    Common Core State Standards

    Maine is one of 46 states who have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. This page includes the standards document as well as supporting documents and resources to assist teachers in applying the standards to their teaching.

    Maine Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction

    Prior to adopting the CCSS, teachers in Maine followed the Maine Learning Results standards for all subjects. Standards for all other disciplines are still followed through the MLR.

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Maine is one of 26 states who are working to develop these new science standards.