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.

Teacher Preparation Programs

UMA Secondary Education Teacher Certification Pathway: Certificate of Study

This certificate of study is designed for those who possess a baccalaureate degree and wish to become certified to teach.
Maine requires public high school teachers to earn certification and endorsements in the subjects they teach. In addition, some private schools may require certification. Endorsements include but are not limited to English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, Art, and Music,  UMA offers a Certificate of Study in Secondary Education that provides the education courses and a student teaching internship required by the Maine Department of Education. A complete listing of Maine Department of Education Certificates and Endorsements is included in Chapter 115 Part II available at the Maine DOE website. The Department of Education requires secondary teachers to have at least 24 credit hours in the subject they wish to teach.


  • EDU 250 Foundations of Education (3 credits) This course is designed for students interested in entering the teaching profession (K-12). Historical, social,political, and philosophical dimensions of education as well as current issues will be examined. This introductory experience will help students gain an appreciation for the multiple aspects of teaching and will assist them in constructing their personal philosophies of teaching. NOTE: There is a DANTES exam that is available for EDU 250. The exam is available through the Advising Center.  The test fee is $80.00; the service fee is $25.00. The exam is administered twice monthly except in August and January. Success on the exam waives the requirement for this course and provides you with three credits. Suggested study materials and sample questions can be found here.
  • Complete Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators. Qualifying scores - Reading: 156; Writing: 162; Mathematics: 150. Applicants must achieve a composite score of 468 on the three sections of the Core Academic Skills for Educators with no single score on any section being more than three points lower than the required score of 468.  PRAXIS I scores will be accepted until 8.31.2018.
  • EDU 380 Literacy and Technology Across the Curriculum  (3 credits) In this course students will investigate what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century. Students will learn and practice traditional and digital strategies for strengthening literacy levels in their content areas. Students will also consider the role of paperless classrooms and cloud computing. PREREQUISITES: ENG 101, EDU 250 or equivalencies.
  • EDU 387 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (3 credits) This course is designed to assist pre-service teachers and others to develop an understanding of the characteristics of children and adolescents considered to be exceptional.  Students will gain knowledge of effective teaching strategies, interventions, and modifications for exceptional children and adolescents.  Note: PSY 345 Problems and Interventions in Childhood or any accepted MDOE exceptionalities course will be accepted (can be completed anytime before EDU 390)
  • EDU XXX Education elective (3 credits)  For example: EDU 401 Educational Psychology, EDU 331 Sociology of Education, or EDU 366 Young Adult and Children's Literature (can be taken at any time)
  • PRAXIS II content assessment passed, attempted, or scheduled.  Have scores sent to UMA.
    • English:                     Test code 5038.                                              Passing score - 167
    • Life Science:            Test code 0235                                                Passing score - 150
    • Mathematics:          Test code 5161                                                Passing score - 160
    • Physical Science:    Test code 0481                                                Passing score - 147
    • Social Studies:        Test code 5081                                                Passing score - 157
    • Art                            Test code 5134                                                Passing score - 158
  • EDU 390 Secondary Teaching Methods  (3 credits) This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of general and specific methods for teaching in the secondary school. Methods and problems related to teaching and learning in the student's major field will be emphasized. In addition, formative and summative assessment, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design will be addressed. Students will engage in 10 hours of observation in a school of their choosing. Students will create a unit of study for their particular content area. This unit of study will become part of their teacher portfolio and may be the unit they teach during their student teaching practicum. Successful completion of a content methods or assessment course is a requisite for teacher licensure in Maine.  COURSE PREREQUISITES: EDU 250, EDU 387 or equivalencies. OTHER PREREQUISITES: PRAXIS Core passed; PRAXIS II attempted or scheduled; MDOE fingerprinting must be completed prior to field observation.
  • PRAXIS II content assessment passed. See passing scores above.
  • PRAXIS II - Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment (fee) scheduled before or during EDU 490. Have scores sent to UMA.
  • EDU 490 Internship in Student Teaching (15 credits) This 15 week internship provides students with the opportunity to develop teaching skills and experience the full role of teaching in a school setting. With their mentor teachers, students will plan and organize instruction, evaluate student progress, and participate in the extra curricular activities of the host school. Successful completion of the student teaching internship is a requisite for teacher licensure in Maine. PREREQUISITES:EDU 250, EDU 390, EDU 387. equivalencies or permission. OTHER PREREQUISITES: PRAXIS Core AND II passed.
  • PLT scores [Test code 5624 (computer), 0624(paper). Qualifying score: 157. Application for certification can be obtained at the MDOE certification website.