The University of Maine at Farmington Early Childhood Education major is a high quality program with extensive experiences in children’s settings. It has earned a national reputation for preparing highly qualified teachers.

Our Early Childhood Education program is well-respected in part because our students are required to practice in early childhood settings — putting classroom theory into observable hands-on practice.

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Here, you’ll work directly with young children (birth to age eight) and their families at the on-campus Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center, the UMF Preschool, the UMF / Mallet School Collaborative pre-Kindergarten and the UMF Infant Toddler programs.

Our program is based on National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for teacher preparation and NCATE accreditation.

You can choose one of three Early Childhood Education options:

  • Early Education and Care Option (non-certification) prepares you to work with children birth to age 5 and their families. You select a specialization of your choosing.
  • Birth to 5 Education Option (certification) leads to Maine Teacher Certification allowing you 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 you to teach in Early Childhood settings including Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms in public schools.

Graduates of our Early Childhood Education 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.

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The University of Maine at Farmington has earned the reputation as having one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.

  • Maine 2017 Elementary Principal of the Year, Jennifer McGee ’86, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2017 Teacher of the Year, Tammy Ranger ’99, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2015 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2015 Elementary School Principal of the Year, Tracy Williams ’82, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2014 Elementary School Principal of the Year, Melanie Ellsworth ’84, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Since 2006 seven UMF Education graduates have been named Maine Teacher of the Year.


  • UMF Education graduates have received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
  • UMF Education graduates received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award.
  • UMF Education graduates have been named Maine History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehman Institute of America.
  • A UMF Education graduate is an Adult Space Camp graduate and earned certification at the Google Teacher Academy in London.
  • A UMF Education graduate received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award.
  • A UMF Education graduate received the prestigious 2014 Apple Design Award at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference.
  • UMF was featured as a Great Teaching School in 2015 and 2014.


  • UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine.
  • Our full-time faculty supervise Education students in off-campus field experiences, starting with practicum in your second year, followed by student teaching in your senior year.

Here, you will work closely with faculty and supervising mentors to help apply your classroom theory into practice. You’ll also work with nearby schools and agencies, which will provide you with enriching real-world opportunities.

In addition, you’ll have full access to specialized on-campus education-focused resources such as UMF’s Children’s Programs and our Loraine J. Spenciner Curriculum Materials Center, which includes assistive technology resources, children’s literature, and early childhood curricula.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Education

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