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2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate:  120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate:  2.00

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: B- or better in all professional education classes is required.

Other GPA requirements to graduate:  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be eligible to apply for teacher candidacy and to student teach.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  12 credits of EHD 490, and 3 credits of EHD 498 for students in the student teaching option or EHD 493 for students in the non-student teaching option.

Contact Information: The Advising Center, 100 Shibles Hall (207) 581-2412 or email the Advising Center at:

The college’s educator preparation programs emphasize a diverse liberal arts background and highly relevant professional training. The undergraduate teacher education programs are fully accredited by The Council for the Advancement of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the State of Maine. 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.

In their second year of study students apply for teacher candidacy by submitting a portfolio (efolio) that includes a transcript of their academic work to date which reflects a grade point average of at least 2.75, an analysis of one field experience in a K-8 classroom, and documentation of passing the state required PRAXIS CORE 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

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 curriculum, a prelude to student teaching. During 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.

Areas of Specialization in the Elementary Education program are:

*Life/Physical Sciences
*Social Studies
*Languages (Spanish and French)
*Child Development
*Special Education

Students enrolled in Honors College

Students enrolled in the Honors College can complete the English Literature requirement within Elementary Education, by successfully completing two of the following courses:

Social Studies Requirement

The Social Studies requirement can be fulfilled with two courses from the following areas:

  • History (HTY)
  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • Geography (GEO)
  • Economics (ECO)
  • Political Science/Government (POS)
  • Native American Studies (NAS)

Students enrolled in Honors College

Students enrolled in the Honors College can complete the Social Studies requirement by successfully completing two of the following courses:

Professional Education-Prior to Teacher Candidacy

In order to be admitted to Teacher Candidacy and upper level courses in education, students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of B-, and achieve an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75.  They must also fulfill all portfolio requirements, including passing Praxis CORE and documentation of the field experience and CHRC approval.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Elementary Education

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Academic Specialization

  • 24 credits hours
  • GPA of 2.5 in the specialization to graduate
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or above with the exception of Mathematics and Science specializations.

Areas of Specialization

1) English

  • 24 credits of ENG
  • 12 of those credits must be at 200 level or above

2) Social Studies

  • 24 credits of ANT, GEO, HTY, ECO, POS, NAS
  • 12 of those credits must be at 200 level or above

3) Math

  • 24 credits of MAT or STS

4) Life/Physical Sciences

24 credits of science courses, of those 9 required Life Science and 9 required Physical Science (to qualify for middle level endorsement)

5) Languages


  • 24 credits of SPA
  • 12 of those credits must be at the 200 level or higher


  • 24 credits of FRE
  • 12 of those credits must be at the 200 level or higher

6) Child Development

  • 24 credits of CHF

7) Special Education

A total of 24 credit hours, distributed according to the following rules:

  • Required Courses

  • Credits: 3
  • SED 420 Special Education Law (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 425 Assessment (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 435 Program Planning (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 445 Behavioral Support Systems and Strategies (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 455 Transition Issues for Students with Disabilities (UMaine Machias course)
  • Two electives from:

  • Two electives from:

  • SED 202 - Communication & Collaboration in Special Education (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 330 - Math in Special Education (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 362  - Typical and Atypical Expressive and Receptive Language (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 365 - Differentiated instructional strategies (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 370 - Teaching reading and writing to children with special needs (UMaine Machias course)
  • SED 380 - Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (UMaine Machias course)

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