Teacher Prep Program at UMA

Prepare for a career in education by completing one of several degree plans through courses, fieldwork, service learning, and student teaching. Education faculty will assist you in gaining content knowledge, teaching skills, and developing personal qualities necessary to the changing classroom of the 21st century. Embedded in each teacher education pathway are robust courses, field experiences, service learning, and collaboration with peers and faculty that help you to develop the necessary competencies of Maine’s Common Core Teaching Standards.

UMA is unique in offering distance learning for aspiring teachers. You can earn your degree in a range of places, times, and circumstances by taking classes on-site, online, and/or at one of our seven University College centers. No matter where you are in Maine, we have options that will suit you.

Upon successful completion of all program and state requirements, graduates will be eligible to apply for Maine Teacher Certification.

UMA offers pathways to Maine teacher certification in

Minor within a Liberal Studies degree program

B-5 degree plan

K-3 degree plan

B-5 and K-3 degree plan

Certificate of Study (post-baccalaureate)

B-5 degree plan

K-3 degree plan

Why Early Childhood Education at UMA?

Whether you are an undergraduate or a career changer, a traditional or non-traditional student, UMA’s secondary education program can be the right fit for you by providing accessibility and flexibility. Classes are offered online, on-site, and at UMA’s centers across Maine providing an anytime, anywhere learning environment.

What you will learn

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.

Recent Student Teaching Placements K-3

Lillian Parks Hussey School, Augusta

Sylvio Gilbert Elementary School, Augusta

Mountain View School, Sullivan

Cave Hill School, Eastbrook

Prescott Memorial School, Washington

Warren Community School

Minor within a Liberal Studies degree program

Elementary Education K-8

Why Elementary Education at UMA?

Whether you are an undergraduate or a career changer, a traditional or non-traditional student, UMA’s elementary education program can be the right fit for you by providing accessibility and flexibility. Classes are offered online, on-site, and at UMA’s centers across Maine providing an anytime, anywhere learning environment. Elementary Education is co-offered by UMA and UMPI.

What you will learn

You will learn 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.

Minor within a Liberal Studies degree program

Secondary Education 7-12

Available content areas

English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Life Science,

Art (K-12)

Certificate of Study (post-baccalaureate)

Secondary Education 7-12

Available content areas

English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Life Science, Physical Science

Art and Health (K-12)

Why Secondary Education at UMA?

Whether you are an undergraduate or a career changer, a traditional or non-traditional student, UMA’s secondary education program can be the right fit for you by providing accessibility and flexibility. Classes are offered online, on-site, and at UMA’s centers across Maine providing an anytime, anywhere learning environment.

What you will learn

You will learn 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.

Recent Student Teaching Placements

Oceanside High School

Camden Hills Regional High School

Belfast Area High School

Brunswick Junior High School

Morse High School, Bath

Brewer High School

John Bapst High School, Bangor

Richmond High School

Hampden Academy

Kennebunk Middle School

Bucksport High School

Narraguagus High School, Steuben

Special Education (K-12)

Why Special Education at UMA?

Whether you are an undergraduate or a career changer, a traditional or non-traditional student, UMA’s elementary education program can be the right fit for you by providing accessibility and flexibility. Classes are offered online, on-site, and at UMA’s centers across Maine providing an anytime, anywhere learning environment. Special Education is co-offered by UMA and UMM.

What will you learn

You will learn 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.

The University of Maine at Machias facilitates student teaching for Special Education

Learning Outcomes

UMA’s learning outcomes consist of a conceptual framework, teacher dispositions, and standards.

Conceptual Framework

A conceptual framework is a shared set of beliefs and attitudes that undergrid an education program. UMA’s core values of learner diversity, content knowledge, professional habits of mind, life-long learning, and instructional practices are integrated into education coursework, service learning, and field experiences.

A.P.P.L.E. Conceptual Framework

Apples have been given to teachers for centuries as symbols of appreciation. We honor that symbolism by using A.P.P.L.E as the acronym for our conceptual framework.

Learner Diversity

Acknowledges (and responds to) learner diversity and needs

  • Honor and respect all students and their individual circumstances
  • Design and employ understanding of assessments to gather data on students’ background, needs, and personality traits as related to learning
  • Collaborate with families and community partners
  • Apply understanding of child/adolescent diversity, development, and learning to the teaching process

Content Knowledge

Projects confidence in content knowledge

  • Understand and apply content knowledge in real world situations
  • Allow students to practice and demonstrate mastery of knowledge in authentic ways
  • Demonstrate the current evidence-based, creative, and critical thinking processes/practices of the discipline

Professional Habits of Mind

Practices professional habits of mind

  • Design, implement, reflect, and modify instruction to best support learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop sound instructional practices
  • Model the knowledge and skills necessary to function as respectful global and digital citizens
  • Mentor students in the learning of content knowledge

Life-long Learner

Leads by example as a life-long learner

  • Model appropriate academic habits
  • Continuously seek programs for professional development
  • Takes on leadership roles in the school and community to develop, hone, and share pedagogical growth

Instructional Practices

Enacts current and pedagogically sound instructional practices

  • Use technology wisely to support and enhance student creativity, innovation, and learning
  • Employ evidence-based instructional and assessment practices
  • Monitor student growth with multiple measure to inform instruction
  • Collaborates with students to create a community centered around learning

Expected Teacher Dispositions

Dispositions are the values, commitments and ethics required of a professional educator. Your dispositions as a professional will be assessed in each course, field experience, and in nearly every program activity.

  1. Professional and ethical conduct.The teacher candidate endeavors to meet the standards expected of a teacher such as appropriateness of dress, grooming, demeanor, punctuality, tact, discretion, and courtesy. He or she adheres to high moral principles and ethical standards. He or she attends to school policy for teacher attendance and complies with federal, state, and school policies relating to confidentiality. In courses, the teacher candidate is present, punctual, and completes all work in a timely fashion. He or she asks appropriate questions of the instructor and seeks assistance if he or she does not understand an assignment.
  2. Work habits. The teacher candidate is consistently and independently reliable and follows through on commitments. He or she exhibits exemplary organization and time management skills. In courses, he or she completes course work at the highest caliber and submits work on time.
  3. Communication.The teacher candidate communicates clearly in an open and respectful manner with instructions, students, peers, professionals, families, and supervisors. In all situations, including courses, he or she asks questions and seeks information appropriately and carefully considers the communication context and makes appropriate adjustments.
  4. Self-reflection.The teacher candidate consistently takes time to evaluate effectiveness of instruction and behavior in terms of the larger goals of education and individual student needs, nurtures reflectivity in students and peers, and reflects on his or her own growth. In courses, he or she continually reflects on what he or she has learned and how to apply that in the classroom. He or she recognizes his or her strengths and weaknesses and strives to build on strengths and remediate weaknesses.
  5. CollaborationThe teacher candidate initiates and participates in collaborative efforts with others. He or she encourages input from others, participates in problem solving, shares responsibilities, and is flexible in performing various roles in the classroom and in courses.

Standards

Maine common core teaching standards (MCCTS) are comprised of the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) and the NETS-T (National Education Technology Standards for Teachers) standards. See the links for the performance indicators, essential knowledge and critical dispositions expected of all teachers. Your education courses are aligned with these standards. It is important for you to become familiar and comfortable with these standards.