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 elementary 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 documentation of passing the state required PRAXIS I examination. NOTE: As a State of Maine approved program, we will adhere to state certification requirements and adapt our program to meet changing state regulations. For example, students are now required to pass PRAXIS II prior to student teaching. For more information about the state required PRAXIS exam, visit www.umaine.edu/ois/examhelp.htm.
Students continue to work on their portfolios over the next two years, and they become major documentation of their professional development as teachers.
Students accepted to teacher candidacy at the end of their second year become immersed in the daily life and issues of public school 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.
Elementary Concentrations (24 credits) include: art, Canadian studies, disability studies, English, environmental education, French, German, history and social sciences, honors, human development, international affairs, liberal arts, life and physical sciences, mathematics, music, Native American studies, peace studies, performing arts, philosophy, psychology, Spanish, and women’s studies.
Students must meet teacher candidacy requirements prior to the third year.