The University of Maine at Farmington Special Education program prepares you to teach students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. Our program (the only Special Ed. B.S. degree in Maine) features hands-on experiences in local schools, allowing you to learn the skills necessary to support the success of students with disabilities in inclusive school and community settings.

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to teach literacy and math, support students in content areas, conduct assessments, design individualized instruction, implement behavioral interventions, collaborate with diverse educational professional and parents, and much more.

UMF works very closely with area schools, providing you numerous (required) opportunities to put into practice the theories and techniques you’ve learned in your classroom. You’ll student-teach in area schools where you’ll work with practicing teachers, school children, and their families.

It’s this kind of real-world, experiential learning that has helped make the University of Maine at Farmington the premier teacher education and public liberal arts college for the state of Maine.

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible for teacher certification in Maine and other states. And with new state and federal requirements, there is high demand for Special Education teachers. In fact, many University of Maine at Farmington Special Education students have jobs lined up before they even graduate. Again, the demand for Special Educators is high.

Throughout your journey at UMF, you’ll work closely with truly dedicated faculty who will give you the personal attention to ensure you have a solid foundation for launching your professional career and becoming an advocate, change agent and leader in the field of Special Education. You’ll have an assigned faculty advisor to guide you every step of the way.

If you want to be a special education teacher, UMF is the right place for you.

The University of Maine at Farmington has earned the reputation as having one of the premier teacher education programs in New England.

  • Maine 2017 Elementary Principal of the Year, Jennifer McGee ’86, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2017 Teacher of the Year, Tammy Ranger ’99, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2015 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2015 Elementary School Principal of the Year, Tracy Williams ’82, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2014 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 2014 Apple Design Award at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference.
  • UMF was featured as a Great Teaching School in 2015 and 2014.


  • 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.

Here, you will work closely with faculty and supervising mentors to help apply your classroom theory into practice. You’ll also work with nearby schools and agencies, which will provide you with enriching real-world opportunities.

In addition, you’ll have full access to specialized on-campus education-focused resources such as UMF’s Children’s Programs and our Loraine J. Spenciner Curriculum Materials Center, which includes assistive technology resources, children’s literature, and early childhood curricula.

This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont through the New England Regional Student Program.