Bachelor of Science: Secondary 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).
One of the many things that make our Education programs so well respected is the fact that our students are required to practice in the field what they've learned in the classroom.
Our NCATE-accredited Secondary / Middle Education program has an outstanding reputation for the education and placement of those aspiring to teach at the middle school and high school levels (grades 7 to 12). Ours is an intense, hands-on degree program that combines theory and practice through relevant coursework and real-world experience in school classrooms.
To help you sharpen your focus and skills in a particular teaching area, you may choose from seven different Secondary / Middle Education majors:
At the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), you will begin your teacher-side-of-the-desk experience early on -- starting with a teaching "practicum block" in your sophomore year. The practicum block is a combination of several team-taught education courses along with a practicum experience assisting and teaching in a middle school or high school. You'll develop real-world teaching skills and apply your knowledge of both subject matter and teaching strategies.
Later, in your senior year, you'll do a semester-long student teaching assignment where you'll work in a middle school or high school classroom. There, you will develop even higher levels of hands-on teaching experience as you apply college classroom theory to real world teaching situations.
UMF will help you to become a Secondary / Middle educator 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 grade 7-12 students to explore their changing worlds.
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 accreditations ensure that our program is of the highest quality, a fact widely recognized by principals and superintendents seeking to hire new teachers.
"Teaching Practicum gets you right into the classroom, working with kids. I'm doing that now. It's broken into three weeks periods - three weeks in the school, three weeks back here on campus doing coursework. The coursework is pretty intensive but it isn't too bad if you stay on top of it. I've really enjoyed it so far."
-- Ryan Nickerson
From Corinth, Maine
|• History and Philosophy of Education|
|• Young Adult Literature|
|• Intro to Secondary/Middle Education|
|• Child and Adolescent Development|
|• Middle Grades Education|
|• Student Teaching and Seminar in Secondary/Middle Education|
|• Educating Exceptional Children at the Middle/Secondary Levels|
|• Secondary/Middle Block: Curriculum, Instruction, Classroom Management, Instructional Media, and Practicum|
|• Teaching Students with Disabilities and At-Risk Conditions in the Secondary General Classroom|
|• Secondary/Middle Science Methods|
|• Teacher as Professional|
|• Content Literacy in the Secondary/Middle School|
For additional information about Secondary / Middle 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