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

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.)