The University of Maine at Farmington Special Education program prepares you to teach students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. Our cutting-edge program (the only Special Ed. B.S. degree in Maine) features hands-on experiences in local schools, allowing you to learn the skills necessary to support the success of students with disabilities in inclusive school and community settings.

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of more than $4,000 for residents of NH and VT through the New England Regional Student Program.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to teach literacy and math, support students in content areas, conduct assessments, design individualized instruction, implement behavioral interventions, collaborate with diverse educational professional and parents, and much more.

UMF works very closely with area schools, providing you numerous (required) opportunities to put into practice the theories and techniques you’ve learned in your classroom. You’ll student-teach in area schools where you’ll work with practicing teachers, school children, and their families.

It’s this kind of real-world, experiential learning that has helped make the University of Maine at Farmington the premier teacher education and public liberal arts college for the state of Maine.

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible for teacher certification in Maine and other states. And with new state and federal requirements, there is high demand for Special Education teachers. In fact, many University of Maine at Farmington Special Education students have jobs lined up before they even graduate. Again, the demand for Special Educators is high.


Throughout your journey at UMF, you’ll work closely with truly dedicated faculty who will give you the personal attention to ensure you have a solid foundation for launching your professional career and becoming an advocate, change agent and leader in the field of Special Education. You’ll have an assigned faculty advisor to guide you every step of the way.

If you want to be a special education teacher, UMF is the right place for you.

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 Special Education graduate.
  • Maine’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, Shannon Shanning ’00, is a UMF Public Health and Special 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?

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:

SED212 Assistive and Instructional Technology in Special Education
SED209 Practicum in Special Education
SED301 Language and Literacy Methods in Special Education
SED308 Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports
SED320 Transition and Self Advocacy in Special Education
SED450 Special Education Regulations and Practice

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Special Education