Elementary Education

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education

The University of Maine at Farmington’s prominence in education runs long and deep. UMF was founded in 1864 as an institution dedicated to preparing teachers. The Elementary Education program, one of only two NCATE accredited programs in Maine, is designed to help build the dispositions, knowledge and skills our students need to become caring teachers, competent educators, and confident professionals. Teacher candidates participate in a sequence of courses aligned with national standards and designed to provide students with background knowledge and practical experience working with children in kindergarten through grade eight (K-8).

Elementary majors take introductory education courses in their first year at UMF. Extensive work in public school classrooms, which typically begins in the sophomore year with a sixteen-week practicum experience, helps majors develop skills and apply both subject matter knowledge and teaching strategies to their work with children. Juniors generally take a variety of courses focused on the content and methods of teaching. The senior year includes a sixteen-week student teaching experience.

Faculty who are content area specialists teach methods courses in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and technology. Experienced practitioners supervise students during practica and student teaching.

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?

EDU 202 Education Practicum and Seminar in K-8 Education
EDU 280 Diversity and Social Justice Education K-8
EDU 302 Computers in K-8 Education
EDU 370 Art in the Classroom K-8
EDU 389 Advanced Practicum and Seminar K-8
MAT 103M Mathematical Content for Elementary Teachers