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

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

 

The University of Maine at Augusta provides a pathway to an Elementary Teacher endorsement (K-8) in partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Students enroll in either a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies or in an Interdisciplinary degree at UMA. Those in a BALS program declare a self-designed minor for Elementary Education. Those in an Interdisciplinary degree program declare a "major" in Elementary Education with concentrations in two other areas of study.  Education courses for elementary education are offered jointly by UMA and UMPI. In order to quality for the 12 credit student teaching internship at UMPI, UMA students must take nine credit hours of education courses through UMPI.

 

UMA/UMPI Pathway to Elementary Education Certification Advising Guide

(For Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies) 

Self-designed Minor for Elementary Education Form  (For Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies)

 
These check sheets indicate the course work one needs to complete in order to receive a degree in Liberal Studies and in order to be eligible for Maine teacher certification.

 

RECOMMENDED TIMELINE AND SEQUENCE FOR COMPLETING THIS PATHWAY 

  • Enroll in the degree program. (Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies with a self-designed minor in Elementary Education or Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Elementary Education with two self-selected areas of concentration)

 

1. BEFORE ADVANCING TO UPPER LEVEL EDUCATION METHODS COURSES (METHODS OF TEACHING READING, MATHEMATICS, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND SCIENCE)


  • Complete Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators. Test Code: 5751. 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.
  • Complete six credit hours in each of the following: liberal arts English, liberal arts mathematics, liberal arts science, and liberal arts social studies (8 courses total). These liberal arts courses are required by the Maine Certification Rules for Elementary Teacher Endorsement. Note: Computer Science does not fulfill the liberal arts science requirement.
  • Enroll in EDU 250 Foundations of Education
  • Begin portfolio aligned with the Maine Teaching Standards (InSTASC and NETS -T) (Documents should be added as you progress through courses.)
 
 
2. BEFORE ADVANCING TO EDU 495: STUDENT TEACHING  (required for certification)

  • Have a beginning portfolio that demonstrates understanding of the Maine Teaching Standards (This does not get sent to UMPI. You will take this with you to your student teaching position and will be completed during the practicum)
  • Complete and/or be enrolled in required education courses  and all degree requirements except EDU 495
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA. Required UMPI education courses count towards your overall GPA.
  • Complete fingerprinting requirement and obtain certificate showing clearance to work in public schools
  • Complete student teaching application the semester before you wish to student teach. Send electronically to Cindy Dean for signature indicating your eligibility to student teach through UMPI. She will forward the packet to UMPI.

3. FINAL STEPS FOR CERTIFICATION
  • Complete baccalaureate degree
  • Receive a passing score on student teaching practicum