Student teacher working with high school students

The University of Maine at Farmington Middle / Secondary Education program prepares you to teach children in grades 7 to 12: the middle school / junior high school and high school levels.

The University of Maine at Farmington has earned a reputation as having one of the premier teacher education programs in New England. The many opportunities to work and learn in real-world classrooms, the liberal arts foundation in the content you’ll teach, and the fact that all courses are taught by full-time faculty are just a few of the factors that have led to UMF being recognized as a leader in the field of Education.

To help you sharpen your focus and skills in a particular teaching area, you may choose from four different Middle / Secondary Education majors.

  • Secondary / Middle Ed – English
  • Secondary / Middle Ed – Mathematics
  • Secondary / Middle Ed – Science
  • Secondary / Middle Ed – Social Studies

We also offer an optional (and valuable) Coaching Minor.

Many of our Middle / Secondary Education students choose our optional, value-added Coaching Minor in order to pursue their passion for mentoring sports-focused high schoolers and middle school students and to become an even more valuable job candidate. Farmington Middle / Secondary Education students often serve as volunteer coaches in our area’s youth sports programs and UMF graduates work as coaches across New England and beyond: in high schools and middle schools, at NCAA colleges and universities — even one head coaching in the NBA.

Throughout your progress in the Middle / Secondary Education program, you’ll work closely with UMF faculty who are content area specialists — teaching courses in English, 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.

Students in Middle / Secondary Education have participated in regional and statewide professional education conferences, such as the Annual Education Technology Conference sponsored by Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM) and the Central Maine Educators Regional Conference. These are wonderful networking opportunities where students get to present their scholarly work to education leaders from across the state.

With a degree in Middle / Secondary Education from UMF you will be certified to teach in grades 7 to 12 in Maine and many other states. Our state and national accreditation ensure that our program is of the highest quality, a fact widely recognized by principals and superintendents seeking to hire new teachers.

What can I do with a degree in Middle / Secondary Education?

Data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Median Salaries for positions in Maine typically fall below those of other New England states.

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.

Students attending an on campus job fair
Students at an on campus Teacher Job Fair, an event drawing schools from Maine to Florida seeking the best new teachers. Many UMF Education students are interviewed and offered positions at the job fair — before they’ve even graduated.

This program will prepare you to be eligible for licensure in the State of Maine. Visit the UMaine System State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Isaac Michaud portrait
Isaac Michaud graduated from UMF in 2019 with a degree in Middle / Secondary Education. He is a school teacher at Skowhegan Area High School in Maine.

“The University of Maine at Farmington is the place to be. I couldn’t have asked for a better school to become an educator. The faculty and staff are outstandingly supportive and encouraging no matter where life takes you. I left UMF with a toolbox of educational resources and teaching techniques, lifelong friends, and great memories. I will always appreciate the time I spent at UMF.”

— Isaac Michaud
School teacher at Skowhegan Area High School in Maine

See Where Else Our Grads Teach

At Farmington, you’ll get experience inside a real 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 Middle / Secondary Education students with relevant job and volunteer opportunities around the campus and in the Farmington community.

The first component of your UMF Middle / Secondary 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.

Student Teaching is a capstone experience for Education students

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

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 our Education students describe why they chose Farmington.

See More About Student Teaching

Finally, UMF Middle / Secondary 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 Mt. Blue Middle School and a short drive to the Mt. Blue Regional High School / Foster Career & Technical Center Campus

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.

Nearly 160 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.

Assistive Technology is any device or product that makes it easier for someone with a disability to live more independently. 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.

Kimberly Collins, 2022 National Milken Educator Award winner. She is a 2009 graduate and educator at Virginia Beach Middle School in Virginia.

The Best Teachers Start at Farmington

  • UMF Education graduates have been named Maine Teacher of the Year
  • UMF Education graduates have been named Maine Elementary School Principal 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
  • UMF Education graduate received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Award
  • UMF Education graduate is an Adult Space Camp graduate and earned certification at the Google Teacher Academy in London
  • UMF Education graduate received the prestigious Apple Design Award

Save nearly $6,000 per year in tuition. This University of Maine at Farmington program will qualify for the New England Regional Program tuition discount beginning in Fall 2024.

This price break is for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont for the 2024-2025 academic year — a savings of $5,880 per year.

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