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 University of Maine at Augusta provides pathways to Maine teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (B-5), Elementary Education (K-8), Secondary Education (7-12), and Special Education (K-12). The pathways to teacher certification involve courses, portfolio construction, three separate licensure exams, field observation, and student teaching.

Because of the multiple requirements, students work closely with the Coordinator of Teacher Certification to ensure they are enrolling in the correct courses in the recommended sequence, scheduling licensure exams at appropriate intervals, and completing portfolio requirements at recommended points.

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SECONDARY EDUCATION

The Secondary Education pathway is available through UMA faculty-taught courses. This pathway is available for undergraduates and for those with baccalaureate degrees who wish to become high school teachers in Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, and Art.*

Most education courses are offered either online or through videoconferencing. Undergraduates enroll in a major associated with the content area in which they want to teach and add a minor in Secondary Education. If a major is not available for the content area in which they want to teach, e.g., mathematics, students may choose a degree in Liberal Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in their chosen content area and UMA Education courses as electives. Maine certification rules require students to successfully complete at least 24 credit hours in their content area.

Students with baccalaureate degrees and at least 24 credit hours in an endorsement area can complete the necessary courses and student teaching experience through a Certificate of Study in Secondary Education.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

The pathway to Early Childhood Education is available through the University of Maine at Augusta's Mental Health and Human Services program. No student teaching is required for this endorsement. Contact Patricia Clark for more information.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION

UMA has a partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle for a pathway to an Elementary Education endorsement and a partnership with the University of Maine at Machias for a pathway to a Special Education endorsement. Students enroll in a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a self-designed minor in Elementary Education or a self-designed minor in Special Education. UMPI and UMM provide the education coursework through distance technologies. UMA provides the Liberal Arts courses.

*Those students wishing to pursue other endorsements should contact Cindy Dean, Coordinator of Teacher Certification for more information.