Our Early Childhood Special Education program focuses on child development, with an emphasis on infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.
Our program is based on National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for teacher preparation and is CAEP accredited. One of the things that makes our Early Childhood Special Education program distinctive is that it features extensive, hands-on, fieldwork experiences.
Our Education students describe their senior year Student Teaching assignment as the most meaningful experience of their UMF career. It’s when they’re teamed with a mentor school teacher (often a UMF alumnus) and they get to put into practice in a school classroom what they’ve learned in their UMF college classes.See More About Student Teaching
You can choose one of three Early Childhood Special Education options:
- Option I (Birth to 5 certification) coursework and field experiences leading to Maine Teacher Certification, Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (birth to school-age five).
- Option II (Birth to 5 and K-3 certification) coursework and field experiences leading to Endorsement 282: Teacher of Children with Disabilities (Birth to school-age five) and Endorsement 029: Early Elementary (Kindergarten through grade 3).
- Option III coursework and field experiences leading to a degree in Early Childhood Special Education without teacher certification.
The UMF Center for Assistive Technology is the only public or private university-based assistive technology lending and demonstration center in Maine.
Here, you’ll have full access to specialized on-campus education-focused resources such as UMF’s Children’s Programs and our Spenciner Curriculum Materials Center, which includes assistive technology resources, children’s literature, and early childhood curricula materials.
Assistive Technology is any device or product that makes it easier for someone with a disability to live more independently.
The University of Maine at Farmington has earned the reputation as having one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.
- 2019 National Education Assoc. Foundation Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, Dan Ryder, is a UMF Education graduate
- 2017 Maine Elementary Principal of the Year, Jennifer McGee ’86, is a UMF Education graduate
- 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year, Tammy Ranger ’99, is a UMF Education graduate
- 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate
- 2015 Maine Elementary School Principal of the Year, Tracy Williams ’82, is a UMF Education graduate
- 2014 Maine 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
- 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 Apple Design Award
- UMF was featured as a Newsweek.com Great Teaching School
- 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
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.
“My advice for students is to do what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown. Sometimes the things that scare you the most are the most rewarding. Always try to do what’s best for you — even if it’s intimidating and unfamiliar. And don’t forget to always be kind to yourself and practice self-care strategies every step of the way.”
— Madi Follett
Maddie Follett graduated from UMF in 2020 with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She works as a Behavioral Health Professional / Educational Technician at The Children’s Center in Skowhegan, Maine, where she provides pre-school aged children with behavioral therapies and educational services.
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