Special Education

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: Special Education

At UMF, we offer Maine’s only Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. Even though our nationally-accredited program was one of the first in the country, we pride ourselves on keeping our curriculum vibrant and state-of-the-art.

Our Special Education program will prepare you to teach students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels, and upon graduation you’ll be eligible for teacher certification in Maine (and other states). Through our intensive, hands-on program, you’ll learn a variety of skills necessary to support the success of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

You’ll learn about professional and state standards, learner characteristics, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), instructional planning, diversity, behavioral theory, transition, collaboration, assistive technology, professional and ethical practices and special education law.

You’ll graduate with the ability to teach literacy and math, support students in content areas, conduct formal and informal assessments, implement behavioral interventions, collaborate with a variety of educational professional and parents, and much more.

Throughout your journey at UMF, our dedicated faculty will give you personal attention to ensure that you have a solid foundation for launching your professional career and becoming an advocate, change agent, and leader in your field. Plus, at UMF, 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 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.
  • Five of the past 7 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

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of NH and VT through the New England Regional Student Program.