Those who can, teach! The University of Maine at Farmington is considered the state’s premier college for preparing outstanding teachers. In fact, 5 of the past 7 Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipients have been UMF graduates.

Distinctive Features

  • The 2015 Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipient, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Four of the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year finalists were UMF Education grads.
  • Five of the past 7 Maine Teacher of the Year recipients were UMF Education graduates.
  • UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine.
  • 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.

UMF Prepares Teachers in Six Areas

First in Education

UMF graduates well-prepared teachers because they have a strong foundation in the arts and sciences; a deep understanding of the learner, the learning process and effective teaching practices; and a great deal of classroom experience beginning in their first or second year of the program.

In fact, five of the last seven Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipients were UMF Education graduates — including the recently announced 2015 recipient, Jennifer Dorman ’93, a Special Education teacher at Skowhegan (Maine) Middle School.

In addition, UMF graduates have been named Teacher of the Year in other states as well (N.H., Vt., to name a few).

The University of Maine at Farmington’s prominence in the field of Education runs long and deep. The school was founded 150 years ago as an institution dedicated to the mission of preparing teachers. UMF remains committed to preparing students who will become caring teachers, competent educators, and confident professionals.

Extensive hands-on experiences in classrooms; solid content and pedagogical knowledge; extensive work with state and national standards; and ability to work collaboratively are just some of the reasons UMF teacher education graduates continue to be in such high demand.

NCATE Accreditation

UMF is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation provides an assurance that UMF’s teacher preparation programs have met national standards and have undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals and policymakers.

Many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE-accredited schools, so graduates will generally find it easier to apply for licensure if they move out of state