Early Childhood Special Education

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Special Education

UMF prepares caring teachers, competent educators, and confident professionals, grounded in the arts and sciences, who will become the educational leaders of the 21st century. The Early Childhood Special (ECS) Education program prepares students to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings. The program focuses on child development, with an emphasis on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs.

This nationally accredited (NCATE) program features four years of intense, hands-on experiences. UMF faculty, working closely with nearby schools and agencies, provide real-world opportunities for students. Students, faculty, and supervising mentors work together, applying theory to practice. Students draw on specialized campus resources such as UMF’s Children’s Programs and the Kalikow Curriculum Materials Center, which includes assistive technology resources, children’s literature, and early childhood curricula.

ECS graduates work with young children, birth through age eight (with and without special needs) and their families in a variety of settings.

Students in the ECS major can select from one of three options:

  • Option I (Birth to 5 certification): Coursework and field experiences leading to Maine Teacher Certification, Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (Birth to School-age Five).
  • Option II (Birth to 5 and K-3 certification): Coursework and field experiences leading to Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (Birth to School-age Five) and Endorsement 029: Early Elementary (Kindergarten through grade 3).
  • Option III: Coursework and field experiences leading to a degree in Early Childhood Special Education without teacher certification.

The University of Maine at Farmington has earned the reputation as having one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.

  • Maine’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Three of the four 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year finalists were UMF Education graduates.
  • Maine’s 2015 Elementary School Principal of the Year, Tracy Williams ’82, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Five of the past 7 Maine Teacher of the Year recipients were UMF Education graduates.
  • Three UMF Education graduates have been honored by the President of the U.S. with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
  • Two UMF Education graduates received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award.
  • Two UMF Education graduates have been named Maine History Teacher of the Year.
  • UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine.
  • UMF was featured in Newsweek’s Great Teaching Schools 2014.
  • Full-time faculty supervise students in early and extensive field experiences, including student teaching.
  • As Maine’s first public teacher preparation program, we have educated the best & brightest teachers since 1864.

What Courses Might You Take?

ECS 103 Introduction to Teaching Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education
ECS 203 Supporting Young Children in Inclusive Settings
ECS 275 Intermediate Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education
ECS 304 Supporting the Development of Infants, Toddlers, and Their families in Natural Environments
ECS 374 Linking Assessment with Program Planning and Intervention
ECS 476 Assessment for Young Children At-Risk for Disability

 

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of CT, MA, NH and RI through the New England Regional Student Program.