If you’re interested in teaching and inspiring, there is no better place to get your start than UMF.

*Note: These UMF Education programs qualify for a tuition discount of nearly $4,500 through the New England Regional Student Program (programs vary by state). 

Our campus is conveniently located in the heart of the local K-12 school district, walking distance to two elementary schools and a middle school. We even have an early childhood child care center on campus.

We connect our Education students with relevant job and volunteer opportunities around the campus and in the Farmington community.

The first component of each Farmington teacher preparation program is the First Year Experience, where you take an introductory course specific to the age group you want to work with as a professional. This allows you to also begin getting experience in the field in your very first year at UMF.

The second component is Practicum. Here, in your sophomore year, you combine coursework in teaching methodology with significant time spent working, teaching and learning in a public school classroom or early childhood setting.

Next, is the senior capstone experience, Student Teaching — an immersive 16-week program where students work in a professional capacity in a public school or early childhood setting with mentoring by UMF faculty and a mentor-teacher in the field.

Finally, UMF Education students participate in a Portfolio Presentation. Each UMF teacher candidate produces and presents to faculty, staff, students and the public a professional portfolio of their work including lesson plans, assessments, teaching samples and more.

Bright From the Start: The Best Teachers Started at Farmington.

  • 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.

Plus

  • 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 Newsweek.com Great Teaching School in 2015 and 2014.

And

  • 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.

Here, you will work closely with faculty and supervising mentors to help apply your classroom theory into practice. You’ll also work with nearby schools and agencies, which will provide you with enriching real-world opportunities.

In addition, you’ll have full access to specialized on-campus education-focused resources such as UMF’s Children’s Programs and our Loraine J. Spenciner Curriculum Materials Center, which includes assistive technology resources, children’s literature, and early childhood curricula.

Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP)

The University of Maine at Farmington teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP), effective Spring 2018 to Spring 2025. UMF was the first program in Maine to receive this higher and more rigorous standard of national accreditation.

CAEP is a professional accreditor that reviews departments, schools, and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. After completing a program, teachers seek licensure or certification from the state in which they wish to teach. The scope of CAEP’s work is the accreditation of educator preparation providers having programs leading to certification/licensure, bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral degrees in the United States and internationally.

The CAEP Standards and their components flow from two principles:

  • Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  • There must be solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

The five CAEP Standards, below, flow from these guiding principles and the standards of evidence that define them are the backbone of the accreditation process. They define quality in terms of organizational performance and serve as the basis for accreditation reviews and judgments.

  • Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  • Standard 4: Program Impact
  • Standard 5: Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity