Whether you are an undergraduate or a career changer, a traditional or non-traditional student, UMA’s education program will be the right fit for you by providing accessibility and flexibility. Classes are offered online, on campus, and at UMA Centers across Maine. With evening and delayed-viewing options, UMA’s Education program offers an anytime, anywhere learning environment that will fit your schedule.

You will learn developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, communication and management skills, best practices, teaching and learning theories, technology uses, and more in a variety of rich and robust classes while applying learning and practicing skills in classrooms through observations, field experiences, and student teaching.

Find your path

The B.S. in Elementary Education offers concentrations in Early Childhood Teacher, Early Elementary, Elementary, and Special Education. The B.S. in Secondary Education offers concentrations in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Life Sciences, Physical Science, and Special Education.

We also offer a minor in Education Studies that does not lead to Teacher Certification, but is designed for students who want to learn more about education policy and theory.

Our Post-baccalaureate certificates of study include Early Childhood, Early Elementary, Elementary, and Secondary education.

The graphic is a circle with five interlocking pieces: content and pedagogical knowledge, professionalism, life-long learner, instructional practices, learner diversity with reflection as the center anchor. The circle is surrounded by a band that includes the essential elements of knowledge, skills, theory and practice, and dispositions.No matter which Education pathway you find yourself following at UMA, our conceptual framework will guide you.

We focus our preparation of effective teachers on a set of interlinking themes and core values: learner diversity, content and pedagogical knowledge, instructional practices, life-long learning, and professionalism, with reflection at the heart of these values. These are bound together by the essential elements of dispositions, knowledge, skills, and theory/practice.