The University of Maine at Farmington Early Childhood Special Education program prepares you to work with young children with special needs and their families in a variety of settings.

Our Early Childhood Special Education program focuses on child development, with an emphasis on infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,500 for residents of CT, MA, NH and RI through the New England Regional Student Program.

One of the things that makes our nationally accredited (NCATE) Early Childhood Special Education program distinctive is that it features extensive, hands-on, fieldwork experiences.

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.

You can choose one of three Early Childhood Special Education options:

  • Option I (Birth to 5 certification) coursework and field experiences leading to Maine Teacher Certification, Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (birth to school-age five).
  • Option II (Birth to 5 and K-3 certification) coursework and field experiences leading to Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (Birth to school-age five) and Endorsement 029: Early Elementary (Kindergarten through grade 3).
  • Option III coursework and field experiences leading to a degree in Early Childhood Special Education without teacher certification.

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.

Plus

  • 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 Newsweek.com Great Teaching School in 2015 and 2014.

And

  • 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.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Special Education

What Courses Might You Take?

ECS 103 Introduction to Teaching Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education
ECS 203 Supporting Young Children in Inclusive Settings
ECS 275 Intermediate Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education
ECS 304 Supporting the Development of Infants, Toddlers, and Their families in Natural Environments
ECS 374 Linking Assessment with Program Planning and Intervention
ECS 476 Assessment for Young Children At-Risk for Disability