Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood 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).
UMF's Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare you to work with young children from birth to age eight and their families.
The program is based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's professional standards for teacher preparation and is NCATE accredited. Here, you will learn about child development - both in the classroom and through hands-on learning experiences. You'll put classroom theory into practice as you gain valuable real-world experience in early care and education settings.
Tracks within our Early Childhood Education program include:
- Birth to Age 5 Education (Certification)
- Early Education and Care (Non-Certification)
- Kindergarten to Grade 3 Education (Certification)
You'll also work closely with your Early Childhood Education professors, who serve as teaching role models and valued mentors. Your professors will also provide opportunities for you to collaborate with them in undergraduate research projects. They may even take you to professional education conferences where you'll be an active participant.
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are eligible for jobs in a variety of settings in early care and education, including child care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, community and recreational programs, and public schools.
"It's an amazing program here - and it's fun. The professors here really care and take the time to teach you the methods they've learned and developed over the years. One method I learned last year was how to use the children to help develop your curriculum. I worked in a classroom this summer and I actually used that. It was really helpful."
-- Renee Meserve
From Westbook, Maine
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 your major in Early Childhood Education, such as:
|• Development of Mathematical Concepts in Young Children|
|• Research in Early Childhood Education|
|• Internship in Early Childhood Education|
|• Theories of Learning and Curriculum Development|
|• Supporting Children in Inclusive Settings|
|• Science Education for Young Children|
|• Creative Arts and Technology for the Young Child|
|• Planning Environments for Young Children|
|• Children, Families and Communities|
|• Infant and Toddlers: Development and Care|
|• Intro and Observation in Early Childhood Education|
For additional information about Early Childhood 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