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

Early Childhood Education

The Maine Certification office offers an endorsement for 081 Early Childhood Teacher (Birth-5). The Mental Health and Human Services program at UMA offers the coursework needed to apply for this endorsement. Student teaching is not required for Early Childhood 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 081: Early Childhood Teacher (Birth -5)

Prerequisite: PSY 100
  • EDU/HUS 160 Perspectives on Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children
  • EDU/HUS 261 Early Childhood Curriculum: Early Learning Environments
  • EDU/HUS 327 Mathematics for the Young Child
  • EDU/HUS 329 Science and the Project Approach for the Young Child
  • EDuHUS 352 Interventions for Families with Children
  • EDU/HUS 363 Young Children with Special Needs
  • EDU/HUS/PSY 362 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • EDU 366 Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • PSY 302 Psychology of Childhood
  • One of the following:

     EDU/HUS 325 Social Studies and the Project Approach

     EDU/HUS 328 Creative Development and Art for Young Children

Additional requirements:
  • 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.