For more than 160 years, the University of Maine at Farmington has been a valued member of the community — providing access, resources and opportunities for people down the street and across the state.
The University and the town of Farmington have long enjoyed a cozy campus-community relationship. The friendly 2,000-student college adds a distinctive vibrant college town atmosphere to the community as its students arrive each fall for the start of another new school year.
The University of Maine at Farmington is not an ivy-towered, gated-off college campus. Instead, it is a vital member of the Farmington area community, sharing many of its facilities and offerings with the public: Mantor Library, the Fitness & Recreation Center, the UMF Art Gallery, Alumni Theater, Nordica Auditorium, plus countless plays, concerts, readings, lectures, sporting events and much more — many free of charge.
The University of Maine at Farmington offers a number of resources to the citizens of western Maine: The Center for Assistive Technology, Everyone's Resource Depot, Upward Bound, student internship programs and more.
Plus, UMF provides facilities and support for community resources such as the Western Maine Partnership, the Arts Institute of Western Maine, the Gold LEAF Institute Senior College, and Mt. Blue TV.
Resources for Parents & Children
As one of the nation's premier teacher education institutions, the University of Maine at Farmington offers an enormous number of educational opportunities to the citizens of Maine — of all ages: UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroup, Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Program, UMF Nursery School and Pre-Kindergarten, Upward Bound and TRIO programs, GEAR-Up program, Everyone's Resource Depot, summer sports camps, children's programs at the UMF Fitness & Rec Center, and more.
Professional Development for Educators
The University of Maine at Farmington's commitment to K-12 education is strong and historic. Building upon our long-term reputation for the superb quality of our undergraduate teacher education program, UMF has added programs to meet the needs of practicing teachers and school administrators throughout western Maine.
The University's Office of Educational Outreach works with superintendents, principals, teachers and ed techs to provide courses and programs for K-12 educators.
Teacher Certification Programs, Assistant Principal Courses, Off-campus courses in Early Childhood Education (in Brunswick and Fairfield), Gifted and Talented courses are just some of the many professional development programs offered through our Office of Educational Outreach.
In addition, UMF houses the Western Regional Education Collaborative Office (WRECN), one of just 5 regional centers in the state devoted to providing professional development opportunities for educators. The Regional Education Collaborative provides access for educational professionals seeking coursework, workshops, and other learning opportunities.
The University of Maine at Farmington also supports and houses the Western Maine Partnership, a network of schools in western and central Maine that cluster around certain priorities, depending on school needs and available resources. These currently include increasing student aspirations and readiness for post secondary education, literacy across content areas, and literacy focused Response to Intervention systems.
Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.)
The UMF Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) is a 36-credit degree program designed to prepare professional educators for leadership roles in their classrooms, schools, districts, or other educational settings, including early childhood centers. The cohesive student-centered program models excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice.
The UMF Master in Education program is delivered in a cohort format, where students complete the 24-credit core program with members of their cohort. The core program focuses on field-based research, defined as action research to contribute to school improvement in the classroom, the school, or the district. The remaining 12 graduate credits will be earned through elective courses in a concentration. For details, just visit the link at the top, Master in Education.
Learners of All Ages
The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College, housed on the 3rd floor of UMF's Education Center (corner of High Street and Lincoln Street on the Farmington campus) offers educational and cultural programs for citizens in the region who are 50 years old or older. Affiliated with both Elderhostel and the Maine Senior College Network, the Gold LEAF Institute Senior College provides enriching learning opportunities. Its members create and offer courses, excursions and social events throughout the year that attract participants from all of Franklin County and beyond. The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College's success in the region is due to its active volunteer base. Volunteers serve on the governing board, plan curriculum, work to promote their activities, and generally have a good time and make good friends in the process. For details, visit the Related Link, Gold LEAF Institute Senior College.
A wonderfully vibrant downtown area just a short walk from campus. Pristine lakes and rivers. Spectacular hiking, canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling minutes from campus. An on-campus Fitness & Rec Center, a truly outstanding campus dining service, extensive hi-tech presentation capabilities, on-site athletic fields, plenty of convenient, free parking, overnight accommodations in the summertime. Could there be a better — and more affordable — place in western Maine to hold your next function?
The UMF Office of Conferences and Events is eager to help you plan your next function on the beautiful Farmington campus. For details, just visit the link at the top, Book a Function.