Teacher Certification programs at the University of Maine at Farmington are rigorous and include a comprehensive general education curriculum and well-designed academic major. All programs include early field-based experiences as well as a full semester of full-time student teaching or internship. Teacher candidates seeking certification must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average and course grades of B- or higher in their professional education courses, including successfully completing required practicum/practica. All Education majors seeking a degree that leads to state certification must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis I) exam regardless of program, which also serves as a requirement prior to practicum experiences. Additionally, teacher candidates are required to pass the Praxis Subject area assessments (Praxis II) for their particular education program. Passing scores are aligned with the cutoffs specified by the Maine Department of Education. Finally, teacher candidates must successfully complete a 16-week student teaching/internship placement. Candidates who complete programs in a teacher education major with a certification option are fully certified to teach in the state of Maine and in many other states across the U.S. Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education also have program tracks that lead to dual certification at the B-5 and K-3 levels. Additionally, many education candidates, and especially Secondary/Middle Education majors, choose to complete a double major in a subject area concentration.
2012–2020 TEU Four- and Six-Year Graduation Rates
The University of Maine at Farmington Teacher Education Unit (TEU) has a mean four-year graduation rate of 49.6% for students enrolled as an Education major as a first-time, full-time student (2012 to 2016 entering classes). A “First-time, full-time” enrollee is defined as a student who enrolls at a college as a first-year/freshman and as a full-time student. Students who enroll in at least 12 credits (three four-credit courses) are considered full-time at UMF.
The TEU’s mean four-year graduation rate of 49.6% surpasses national averages for public four-year colleges (38.8% within four years)*. Graduation rates for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at 4-year degree-granting institutions can vary according to institutional selectivity. The mean six-year TEU graduation rate of 68.6% greatly exceeds other public universities in the 75% to 89.9% acceptance rate band UMF is situated within (a six-year graduation rate of 56.8%)*. The TEU’s four-year and six-year rates also compare quite favorably to overall UMF graduation rates (45.5% and 58.4%, respectively).
The accompanying table shows the number of first-time, full-time students TEU students enrolled at UMF for each academic year starting in Fall 2012. It also includes the number of these students who graduate within four years and six years of their Fall enrollment year as well as the respective graduation rate. The data does not include the graduation of students who transfer into the TEU within a given four-year or six-year span.
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