Elementary Education Certificate
(K – Grade 8)

[Students must submit the Intent to Declare Form to add this plan to their program of study.]

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2017:

UMA Certificate Requirements

  • Minimum 50% of the required courses taken through UMA
  • Minimum 2.00 G.P.A. in the Certificate

Minor Requirements (44 credit hours)

(See program completion guides for sequencing of courses.)

  • EDU 100 Introduction to Teacher Education at UMA (1) prerequisite for upper-level methods and admittance to candidacy
  • EDU 250 Foundations of Education (3) prerequisite for upper-level methods and admittance to candidacy
  • EDU 251 The Teaching Process (3) prerequisite for upper-level methods and admittance to candidacy
  • Application to candidacy
  • EDU 341 Teaching Writing in Grades K-8 (3)
  • EDU 351 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)
  • EDU 387 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (3)
  • EDU 361 Teaching Science in Elementary School (3)
  • EDU 371 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School (3)
  • EDU 381 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School (3)
  • EDU/ENG 366 Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3)
  • EDU 395 Field Experience (4) Prerequisites: In addition to EDU 250 & 251, passing scores on the Praxis Core
  • EDU 495 Student Teaching (via UMPI) (12)

Additional Requirements

General education courses needed for certification:

  • Complete any two English courses (6)
  • Complete any two Mathematics courses (6) MAT 130 & 131 recommended
  • Complete any two Science courses (6)
  • Complete any two Social Studies courses (anthropology, geography, history or political science) (6)

  • Licensure assessment needed for certification: Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis II, Principles of Learning and Teaching
  • Criminal History Record Check – completed through MDOE certification office – (must be completed before upper level methods)

Advising Notes:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators or PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II must be passed before applying to student teach.
  • Applications for student teaching must be submitted the semester before student teaching (October 1st or March 1st).


This program resides under the College of Arts & Sciences

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