UMF student working with pre-school children

The University of Maine at Farmington’s Off-Campus program in Early Childhood Education offers working professionals a unique opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Designed specifically for working professionals, this off-campus program allows you to complete your Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, offering both Birth to 5 and K to 3 certification. Classes are held weekday evenings or on weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays) at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in South Portland. Most courses use a hybrid format — a combination of face-to-face and online classes.

Early Childhood Education courses that form the foundation of a UMF Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education are taught by University of Maine at Farmington faculty at Southern Maine Community College.

The coursework prepares you for Maine Birth to Five (081) and K-3 (029) Certification. General Education courses required for this bachelor’s degree can be taken at a campus of your choice.

Student teacher working with a child in a school classroomTeacher Education-focused Open House – Friday, October 21

Think you want to teach? Perfect! You’ve come to the best place.

We invite you to our special Teacher Education-focused Open House — a day designed to provide you with hands-on experiences that will showcase why UMF graduates are such sought after educators. Meet with our Education faculty, current Education students and Education alumni.

They’ll share their experiences and describe the wide array of teacher education opportunities available to you here at UMF: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Secondary / Middle Education, School Health Education, Special Eduation, World Languages Education K-12 and more.

Campus tours, lunch in South Dining Hall and separate sessions for families are all part of this special teaching-focused day.

Come find out why UMF is considered one of the premier teacher education schools in New England.

Teacher Education Open House

Farmington Education grads get hired.

According to a 2020 survey of UMF Education graduates over the past three years, 83% of respondents indicated being employed in the field of education, with 85% hired within a year of graduation and 73% employed within four months of graduation.

Overall, 94.3% of respondents indicated they were Very Satisfied or Satisfied with their teacher education preparation at UMF.

Steps in the Admission Process

Step 1. Apply
To start, you first need to apply to the University of Maine at Farmington using the ApplyMaine Application.

The application requires an essay. An appropriate focus for the essay would be (1) How a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education will further your professional goals and (2) Why you have selected the Off-Campus bachelor’s degree program.

Step 2. Have Your Transcripts Mailed Directly to Us
Next, have your official transcripts mailed to us. We need your official college transcripts mailed to the University of Maine System Application Processing center directly from the institution. (See address below.)

Have your transcripts mailed to:

Application Processing
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

The University of Maine at Farmington CEEB Code is 3506.

Note: Once all your materials have been received, the UMF Admission Office will work in conjunction with the program in making the decision on each applicant.

Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities may be available through the University of Maine at Farmington, and Maine Roads to Quality. Qualifications and deadlines for these sources vary.

University of Maine at Farmington
Financial Aid Office
224 Main Street
Merrill Hall
Farmington, Maine 04938
Tel: 207.778.7100
Fax: 207.778.7555
TDD/TTY: 207.778.7000

FAME (Finance Authority of Maine)
Educators for Maine Loan Program
Tel: 800.228.3734

Maine Roads to Quality
Tel: 207.780.5833


Academic advising will be provided by on-site faculty, via phone and through email. You will be advised individually on the basis of your academic records.

UMF Contact:
Julia Jeremias
Coordinator and Advisor of the Early Childhood Cohort Program
Theo Kalikow Education Center
186 High Street
Room 333
Farmington, Maine 04938
Tel: 207.778.7274


Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.


Classes are held on weekday evenings or on weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays).


Candidates eligible for this special field-based program are working professionals with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent.


You must hold an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent. The minimum cumulative GPA for applicants to this program is 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Got questions? Ask a professor in this program

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
tel  207-778-7050
fax  207-778-8182
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711