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The University of Maine at Farmington, partnering with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, offers a new Bachelor’s degree program, School Health Education – Physical Education concentration. It combines UMF’s improved School Health Education programming with a specialized concentration in Physical Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The Health Education and other core curriculum coursework take place on the Farmington campus while the Physical Education concentration component are taught online through Presque Isle.

Develop resume-enhancing, real world experience and skills

And like all UMF Education programs, you’ll also get real world, hands-on experience teaching youngsters. In your sophomore year you’ll take a required teaching practicum and in your senior year student, a semester-long student teaching assignment.

Both provide you with practical, resume-enhancing field experiences, placing you in school classrooms — the kinds of experience employers are looking for.

This program also provides the coursework in Physical Education that meets the requirements for State of Maine Physical Education Certification. Phys Ed methods courses are offered remotely (online) by the University of Maine at Presque Isle. UMF graduates of this program could become certified in Physical Education if they pass the appropriate Praxis exams and after one year of teaching Phys Ed. (Graduates of the program would apply for this certification through the Maine Department of Education.)

Meet a growing demand in today’s education workforce

According to recent workforce data from all school districts across Maine, there will be approximately 50 physical education openings in the next five years alone.

The needs of rural schools in Maine and elsewhere have changed over the years and teachers prepared to teach school health are frequently required to teach physical education as well.

Of those who completed UMF’s School Health Education program, 86% have taught or are currently teaching, Health Education. But interestingly, 74% of those currently teaching Health Education are also teaching Physical Education. The dual need is there.

UMF graduates told us they’ve had to enroll in Physical Education coursework from other institutions in order to meet the additional state licensure requirements for Physical Education teachers.

This UMF / UMPI collaboration allows you to enroll at Farmington, take most of your classes at Farmington and earn a Farmington degree, while you also take the specialized Phys Ed Methods coursework online through UMPI. You never have to leave the Farmington campus.

What kinds of concepts and skills you learn?

You’ll learn age appropriate concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention and physical education

  • How to access valid health information, services and products to enhance health
  • How family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors affect health
  • The use of interpersonal communication and advocacy skills to enhance personal, family and community health
  • Decision-making and goal-setting to enhance health
  • Health-enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks
  • Fitness concepts
  • The fundamentals of specialized movement skills
  • Responsible personal behavior and responsible social behavior in physical activity settings

This program qualifies for a New England Regional Student tuition discount of more than $5,000 for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. See details here