The University of Maine at Farmington Secondary / Middle Education program prepares you to teach children in grades 7 to 12.

The University of Maine at Farmington has earned a reputation for producing some of the finest teachers in New England. The many opportunities to work and learn in real-world classrooms, the liberal arts foundation in the content you’ll teach, and the fact that all courses are taught by full-time faculty are just a few of the factors that have led to UMF being recognized as a leader in the field of Education.

Hear that? It’s the real world calling. And it needs you to teach.

At Farmington, you’ll get inside-the-school classroom experience early and often. In fact, your first teacher-side-of-the-desk experience will typically happen in your second (sophomore) year!

This intensive 16-week, intern-like academic mentoring experience, called Practicum, helps you develop practical skills as you apply subject matter knowledge and teaching strategies at a local middle school or high school.

Generally, in your a junior year you’ll take a variety of courses focused on the content and methods of teaching. And in your senior year, we’ll arrange for you a semester-long Student Teaching assignment. This can take place at a high school or middle school in the Farmington area or we can seek set it up closer to your hometown, if you like.

Most of our Secondary / Middle Education students tell us their Student Teaching is among their most meaningful, most rewarding experience of their college career.

To help you sharpen your focus and skills in a particular teaching area, you may choose from four different Secondary / Middle Education majors.

With a degree in Secondary / Middle Education from UMF you will be certified to teach in grades 7 to 12 in Maine and many other states. Our state and national accreditation ensure that our program is of the highest quality, a fact widely recognized by principals and superintendents seeking to hire new teachers.

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.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Secondary 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:

EDU 224 Practicum Field Experience/Seminar
EDU 222 Learning with Technology in Secondary Education
SED 361 Teaching Students with Disabilities and At-Risk Conditions in the Secondary General Classroom
EDU 301 Content Literacy in the Secondary/Middle School
EDU 402 History and Philosophy of Education
EDU 460 Student Teaching