The University of Maine at Farmington Secondary / Middle Education program prepares you to teach children in grades 7 to 12.

The University of Maine at Farmington has earned a reputation for producing some of the finest teachers in New England. The many opportunities to work and learn in real-world classrooms, the liberal arts foundation in the content you’ll teach, and the fact that all courses are taught by full-time faculty are just a few of the factors that have led to UMF being recognized as a leader in the field of Education.

Hear that? It’s the real world calling. And it needs you to teach.

At Farmington, you’ll get inside-the-school classroom experience early and often. In fact, your first teacher-side-of-the-desk experience will typically happen in your second (sophomore) year!


This intensive 16-week, intern-like academic mentoring experience, called Practicum, helps you develop practical skills as you apply subject matter knowledge and teaching strategies at a local middle school or high school.

Generally, in your a junior year you’ll take a variety of courses focused on the content and methods of teaching. And in your senior year, we’ll arrange for you a semester-long Student Teaching assignment. This can take place at a high school or middle school in the Farmington area or we can seek set it up closer to your hometown, if you like.

Most of our Secondary / Middle Education students tell us their Student Teaching is among their most meaningful, most rewarding experience of their college career.

To help you sharpen your focus and skills in a particular teaching area, you may choose from five different Secondary / Middle Education majors.

With a degree in Secondary / Middle Education from UMF you will be certified to teach in grades 7 to 12 in Maine and many other states. Our state and national accreditation ensure that our program is of the highest quality, a fact widely recognized by principals and superintendents seeking to hire new teachers.

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

  • Maine’s 2016 Assistant Principal of the Year, Paula Callan ’84, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • 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.
  • More than half of the past 8 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.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Secondary Education

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

EDU 101 Introduction to Secondary/Middle Education and Technology for the Learner
EDU 221 Secondary/Middle Block: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Classroom Management, Technology Integration, and Practicum/Seminar
SED 361 Teaching Students with Disabilities and At-Risk Conditions in the Secondary General Classroom
EDU 301 Content Literacy in the Secondary/Middle School
EDU 402 History and Philosophy of Education
PSY 225S Child and Adolescent Psychology