The undergraduate teacher education programs at the University of Maine are
fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Students preparing to be secondary teachers spend the first two years building
solid liberal arts background, technological competencies and subject area concentrations.
They are also guided in the examination of public school classrooms and other
settings that provide educational and related service to children and youth.
In their second year of study students apply for teacher candidacy by submitting
a portfolio that includes a transcript of their academic work to date which
reflects a grade point average of at least 2.5, an analysis of one school field experience with children or adolescents, documentation of technological competence, an
essay reflecting upon an educational topic and
evidence of passing the PRAXIS I examination. For more information about the PRAXIS exam, visit www.umaine.edu/ois/examhelp.htm.
Students continue to work on their portfolios over the next 2 years and they become major documentation of their professional development as initial teachers.
Students accepted to teacher candidacy at the end of their second year become
immersed in the daily life and issues of public schools during an intensive
Education semester, a prelude to student teaching. Future teachers learn and
teach along with veteran teachers and get involved in many efforts to address
the needs of students and schools.
Students graduate from our programs and enter the teaching profession with
experience, an authentic view of schools and an understanding that teaching,
learning and professional development are lifetime endeavors.
Secondary Education concentrations include: English, mathematics, modern languages,
science, and social studies.