Teacher education has a proud tradition in Downeast Maine. Graduates from this program have a strong educational foundation in content and knowledge of students and how they learn. UMM’s Education professors at model a variety of teaching methods, and pass on an enthusiasm for knowledge that makes learning and teaching fun. UMM offers individualized learning opportunities that allow you to develop close relationships with fellow students and faculty as you enjoy the pristine natural resources of the Downeast environment. You will be able to apply what you learn beginning with your first semester field placement in a local 7-12th grade classroom and continue with field experiences throughout the program. During your final year at UMM, you will complete fifteen weeks of full-time student teaching under the mentorship of a cooperating teacher.
Student teaching in special education is available to qualified UMM students, as well as qualified students enrolled in the University of Maine at Augusta’s (UMA) Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in special education. Interested students should consult with their advisors for more information about the process for applying to student teach. Students must apply to student teach one semester before they plan to teach; deadlines for application are announced each semester.
The application to student teach includes, but is not limited to: application form, transcripts, resume, essays, and letters of recommendation. Applications to student teach must demonstrate:
- Successful completion of 27 credits in special education coursework with a GPA of 2.5 or better (at least nine credits must be UMM coursework)
- Successful completion of Praxis I “Core Academic Skills for Educators” (#5751) and Praxis II Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge (#0354) and Principles of Learning and Teaching tests (Principles of Teaching and Learning test does not apply to individuals enrolled in Teacher Certification in Special Education program)
You will focus on a content area that you are interested in, and work closely with faculty who are experts in their fields. This program will prepare you to become a secondary school teacher with a concentration in one of the following areas:
- Visual Arts
- English Language Arts
- Life Sciences
- Physical Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
It is the philosophy of UMM’s education program that curricula and courses provide a balanced and thoughtful approach to gender, race, ethnicity, and cultural diversity. Class presentations, discussions, assignments, evaluations, and texts incorporate, when appropriate, diverse histories, traditions, values, and behaviors. These multicultural components reflect local, national, and global human experiences and convey a sense of affirmation and appreciation of similarities and differences among people.
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Heather Ball, Associate Professor of Special Education
229F Torrey Hall