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 Minor in Secondary Education

Maine requires public high school teachers to earn certification and endorsements in the subjects they teach. In addition, some private schools may require certification. Secondary Education endorsements include, but are not limited to, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, and Art.  UMA offers a minor 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. 

Students entering the program with significant credits (UMA and/or transfer) may need to complete more than 120 credits in order to fulfill all of the requirements for UMA and the Maine DOE. In addition, some majors may not provide enough elective choices to complete the minor within the 120 credits required for graduation. In that event, students may need to complete more than 120 credits. Students should work closely with their advisor for their major as well as the Coordinator of Teacher Certification to ensure they are choosing the correct courses.



  • Enroll in degree program associated with content area: English, Biology (Life and/or Physical Science), Social Science (Social Studies), and Art. Students wishing to receive an endorsement in Mathematics can enroll in a a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies to achieve the appropriate course work for a Mathematics endorsement. NOTE: Endorsements in most disciplines could also be fulfilled through a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Declare a minor in Secondary Education.
  • EDU 250 Foundations of Education  (3 credits)   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.
  • Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators completed. 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.
  • NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students accumulate at least 30 credit hours of general course work  before enrolling in EDU 380 or EDU 390.
  • EDU 380 Digital Literacy and Technology  (3 credits)
  • EDU 387 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom 
  • At least 24 credit hours in content area completed.
  • PRAXIS II content assessment scheduled or passed. 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)   COURSE PREREQUISITES: 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 passed. See passing scores above.
  • StudentTeachingApplicationrrevised.doc_.doc submitted by October 1 for spring placements and by March 1 for fall placements. (Applications are generally completed during EDU 390). NOTE: Students should have completed or be in the process of completing all degree requirements except EDU 490.
  • PRAXIS II - Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment scheduled before or during EDU 490
  • EDU 490 Internship in Student Teaching  (15 credits)  COURSE PREREQUISITES: EDU 390, EDU 387, equivalencies or permission. OTHER PREREQUISITES: PRAXIS Core AND II passed.
  • PLT scores [Test code 5624. Qualifying score: 157.  Have scores sent to UMA. Application for certification can be obtained at the MDOE certification website.