Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education
The University of Maine at Farmington's prominence in Education runs long and deep. In fact, the school was founded in 1864 as an institution dedicated to preparing teachers.
Because our Education programs were based on a foundation of Liberal Arts (an unusual concept in its time) the institution has earned a reputation for producing some of the finest teachers in New England.
Over the years, the University expanded its Liberal Arts foundation as it strengthened its Education programs. The result: UMF has not only retained its outstanding reputation for preparing highly qualified teachers, it is still recognized far and wide as a leader in the field of Education.
In fact, four of the past five Maine Teacher of the Year recipients have been UMF Education graduates. Plus, those honored as the Teacher of the Year in others states have also been UMF grads (N.H., Vt., to name a few).
The Elementary Education program at the University of Maine at Farmington is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills to become a caring teacher, competent educator and confident professional. Here, you will participate in a sequence of courses designed to give you the background knowledge and hands-on experience of working with children in Kindergarten through grade 8.
At UMF you are admitted directly into the Elementary Education program and your professional courses begin in your first year. You'll explore the foundations of American education and gain valuable insight about working with all types of students.
Extensive work in public school classrooms, which begins in your sophomore year, will help you to develop skills and apply your knowledge of both subject matter and teaching strategies. You'll participate in a 16-week practicum experience, spending two mornings each week working, teaching and learning in a public school classroom.
Then, in your senior year you'll participate in a 16-week student teaching experience, sometimes split into two 8-week sessions at different grade levels. These valuable field experiences will help you to become a teacher who is competent, caring, and has the confidence to teach a diverse student population.
You will learn first-hand what it's like to be a teacher, making a difference in the lives of children and experiencing the joy of helping K-8 students to explore their worlds.
In addition, you'll also take a variety of methods courses to prepare you to teach all subjects. Along with your professional education courses, you will select an area of focus in which you'll complete your concentration: Math, Science, Social Science, Language Arts, French, Spanish, Visual and Performing Arts.
Senior Elementary Education majors also develop and present a professional teaching portfolio, a collection of artifacts and commentaries that demonstrate their ability to plan, teach, assess, and reflect. (You'll present your teaching portfolio at a professional forum on campus.)
As a graduate of this nationally-accredited and state approved program you are eligible for your K-8 teaching certification.
"A close relationship with local schools sets UMF's Elementary Education program apart from others. During my sophomore year, my teaching practicum allowed me to work with an amazing mentor teacher. And as a member of S.E.A.M., a student organization affiliated with the Maine Education Association, I've already attended professional teacher conferences."
-- Jennie Ferris
From Montpelier, Vermont
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 Elementary Education, such as:
|• Diversity and Social Justice Education K-8|
|• Science Education K-8|
|• Education Practicum and Seminar in K-8 Education|
|• Art in the Classroom K-8|
|• Introduction to Theory and Practice in K-8 Education|
|• Reading, Language Arts, and Children's Literature in Grades 4-8|
|• Computers in K-8 Education|
|• Mathematics Education K-8|
|• Reading, Language Arts, and Children's Literature in Grades K-3|
|• Social Science and Global Perspectives K-8|
|• Student Teaching and Seminar in Elementary Education K-8|
|• Educating Exceptional Learners|
For additional information about Elementary Education at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050