The University of Maine at Farmington Elementary Education program, one of only two NCATE-accredited programs 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).

Here, you’ll get inside-the-school classroom experience early and often.

At Farmington, your first in-the-field schoolroom experience will typically happen in your second (sophomore) year. This intensive 16-week experience, called Practicum, helps you develop practical skills as you apply subject matter knowledge and teaching strategies to your first inside-the-classroom work with children.

Generally, in your a junior year you’ll take a variety of courses focused on the content and methods of teaching. And in your senior year, you’ll take an in-depth 16-week Student Teaching experience. Most of our Elementary Education students tell us their Student Teaching is among their most meaningful, most rewarding college experience.

As a student majoring in Elementary Education at Farmington you’ll get to select a 24-credit concentration in one of the following areas of your choosing:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • 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 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.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education

What Courses Might You Take?

EDU 202 Education Practicum and Seminar in K-8 Education
EDU 280 Diversity and Social Justice Education K-8
EDU 302 Computers in K-8 Education
EDU 370 Art in the Classroom K-8
EDU 389 Advanced Practicum and Seminar K-8
MAT 103M Mathematical Content for Elementary Teachers