Early Childhood Education

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education

UMF’s Early Childhood Education major offers a high quality program with extensive experiences in children’s settings. The Early Childhood program at UMF has a national reputation for preparing highly qualified teachers.  Based on National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for teacher preparation and NCATE accreditation, faculty prepare students to work with children from birth to age eight and their families.

There are three options:

  • Early Education and Care Option (non-certification) prepares students for work with children birth to age 5 and their families. Students select a specialization.
  • Birth to 5 education option (certification) leads to Maine Teacher Certification allowing graduates to teach in a variety of early childhood settings, including pre-Kindergarten classrooms in public schools.
  • K-3 education option (certification) leads to Maine Teacher Certification allowing graduates to teach in Early Childhood settings including Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms in public schools.

UMF’s Early Childhood Education programs are respected because students are able to practice in early childhood settings. Students can work directly with young children and their families at the Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center, the UMF preschool, the UMF / Mallet School Collaborative pre-Kindergarten and the UMF Infant Toddler programs.

Graduates of the Early Childhood program are eligible for jobs in a variety of settings, including childcare, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, community and recreational programs and grades K-3 in public schools.

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.
  • 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.

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:

ECH 192 Introductory Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education
ECH 201 Language Development, Emergent Literacy, and Literature
ECH 256 Creative Arts and Technology for the Young Child
ECH 250 Infants and Toddlers: Development and Care
ECH 336 Development of Mathematical Concepts in Young Children
ECH 440 Children, Families and Community