Education is a demanding profession, and faculty are committed to ensuring that UMF graduates are of the highest caliber and ready to teach. Students interested in majoring in one of UMF’s teacher education programs are initially accepted directly into education programs, but must meet a series of benchmarks in order to advance. These benchmarks are designed to monitor student progress and ensure that students are making steady progress in meeting the state of Maine’s licensure requirements and Common Core Teaching Standards. In order to be a Teacher Education Candidate and allowed to enroll in upper division professional education courses, a student must apply for Candidacy, meet the requirements, and receive approval. These requirements include:

  • Completion of the Candidacy application
  • Passing Praxis Core with scores determined by the state of Maine (certification programs only)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Grade of B- or better in all professional education courses. ( A student may have one exemption, although the student must earn a grade of C- or higher in that particular course. Practicum courses are not eligible for exemption.)
  • Grade of C or better in English 100 (AP credit is accepted, as is an equivalent English course transferred with a grade of C or higher.)
  • Successful completion of practicum/practica with a grade of B- or higher
  • Successful completion of the Teacher Candidate Dispositions and Professional Expectations Assessment
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