The Elementary Education program is designed to help build the dispositions, knowledge and skills our students need to become caring teachers, competent educators, and confident professionals. Teacher candidates participate in a sequence of courses aligned with national standards and designed to provide students with background knowledge and practical experience working with children in kindergarten through grade eight (K-8). For a full description, visit the UMF catalog (2023-2024).

How do I explore Elementary Education at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to ask about going to one of the classes.
  • Talk with students in the major for insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses: EDU 125 Experiences of Schooling or PSY 225 Child & Adolescent Development.
  • Get involved by joining a club or volunteer with an organization.
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major.
  • Talk with a Career Counselor.

What careers can I get with this major?

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.

What jobs have UMF graduates acquired?

Kindergarten through Grade 8 Teachers, Education & Special Services Manager, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment Development,  as well as positions outside of schools such as Staffing Specialist, IT Project Manager, Senior Director of Youth Development, Educational Technology Specialist, Educational Trainer and Coach, Communication Specialist & Certified Trainer, and others.

Can I minor in Elementary Education? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has minors in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Child and Adolescent Health as well as minors in Elementary content areas (English, Science, Math, Social Science). Majors related to Elementary Education include Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, Secondary/Middle Education, and School Health Education. Read more about majors and minors.

How do I declare this major?

Contact Dr. Patricia Williams, Education Center,, 207-778-7109 to discuss your interests. To apply to the major, pick up application materials from Mary Melcher, Administrative Specialist in the Early Childhood/Elementary Education Department, room 337A Education Center. Application includes a Program/Plan Change Form and an articulate essay about why you want to work in elementary education. You’ll need a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be considered.

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