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.

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