The University of Maine at Farmington Elementary Education program, the first CAEP-accredited education program in Maine, is designed to give you the knowledge and hands-on skills you’ll need to become a caring teacher, a competent educator and a confident professional.
As a UMF Elementary Education major, you’ll take a sequence of Education courses aligned with national standards designed to provide you with the background knowledge and practical experiences of working with children in Kindergarten through grade eight (K-8).
At Farmington, you’ll get experience inside an elementary school classroom setting early and often. In fact, your first teacher-side-of-the-desk experience will typically happen in your second (sophomore) year.
Here, we connect our Elementary Education students with relevant job and volunteer opportunities around the campus and in the Farmington community.
The first component of your UMF Elementary Education 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 you’ll 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 Elementary Education students participate in a Portfolio Presentation. Each UMF teacher candidate produces and presents to faculty, staff, fellow UMF students and the public a professional portfolio of their work including lesson plans, assessments, teaching samples and more.
Our campus is conveniently located in the heart of the local K-12 school district, walking distance to the local elementary school.
As a student majoring in Elementary Education at Farmington you’ll get to select a Minor or a 24-credit concentration in one of the following areas of your choosing:
- Language Arts
- Social Science
- Arts and Science Minor
- or a 20-credit General Knowledge Focus
Throughout your progress in the Elementary Education program, you’ll work closely with UMF faculty who are content area specialists — teaching methods courses in literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and technology. You’ll also work with experienced practitioners who will serve as your off-site supervisors during your Practicum and Student Teaching experiences.
The University of Maine at Farmington is considered one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.
At our founding in 1864, the University of Maine at Farmington (then called Western State Normal School) took an innovative approach to teacher education, integrating a strong liberal arts foundation into teacher training. Our founders believed that only those with a strong background in the liberal arts could effectively teach the arts and sciences. Obvious as that may seem, it was not the rule among teacher education programs of the time.
More than 150 years later, the University of Maine at Farmington continues to be recognized for its innovation and excellence in teacher preparation.
- UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine
- UMF was the first in Maine to receive national CAEP accreditation (formerly known as NCATE)
- UMF received full Maine State Board of Education accreditation
- UMF full-time faculty supervise you in your off-campus practicum and student-teaching field experiences
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.
Bright From the Start: The Best Teachers Started at Farmington
- 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
Farmington Education grads get hired
According to the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2018 teacher education unit alumni survey, 84% of respondents indicate being employed as a teacher in the field and a majority being hired within one year of graduation. In addition, 98.9% of graduates responding to the survey said they were very satisfied or satisfied with their UMF program.