About the Program

Pluralism Policy

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.

Conceptual Framework

Meeting Teacher Standards in a Rural Setting: Infinity symbol with arrows and text that reads Planning to Assessment to Reflection and Revision. Inside of one loop of the infinity symbol reads Theory & Content, and the other reads 'Practice & Field Experience.'

The conceptual framework for UMM’s Education Program combines our guiding principles, theoretical foundation, and mission statement and drives decision-making at the program and course level.

Learning Outcomes

  • The degree candidate understands how students learn and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  • The degree candidate uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that allow each learner to reach his/her full potential.
  • The degree candidate works with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
  • The degree candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners.
  • The degree candidate understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical/creative thinking and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • The degree candidate understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to document learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s on-going planning and instruction.
  • The degree candidate draws upon knowledge of content areas, cross-disciplinary skills, learners, the community, and pedagogy to plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.
  • The degree candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to access and appropriately apply information.
  • The degree candidate is a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, families, and other professionals in the learning community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • The degree candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession. 
  • The degree candidate models and applies the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community.

​Based upon Maine Department of Education, Rule Chapter 114: Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel (Unit Standard One)

Elementary Education Concentration

This program prepares students to teach kindergarten through grade eight. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Elementary Education is a Maine Department of Education approved program for teaching endorsement #020 General Elementary Teacher (grades kindergarten-8). Students in this concentration will take the general education and education program core requirements, as well as:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
  • Praxis Elementary Education; Multiple Subjects
  • 6 credits in Math, English and Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • A 24-credit minor in one of the following subjects: visual arts, mathematics, English and language arts, life sciences, social studies OR music

Secondary Education Concentration

This program prepares students to teach in grades 7–12. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Secondary Education is an approved program for the following Maine Department of Education teaching endorsements: Art, English, Life Science, Physical Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Students in this concentration will take the general education and education program core requirements, as well as:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
  • Praxis Content Area Exam
  • A 24-credit minor in one of the following subjects: visual arts, mathematics, English and language arts, life sciences, social studies OR music

Special Education Concentration 🌐

This concentration leads to teacher preparation in working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. Students in this program must choose to focus on teaching students in kindergarten through grade eight, or grade seven through grade 12. Students in this concentration will take the general education and education program core requirements, as well as:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
  • Praxis Content Area Exam
  • 33 credits of Special Education coursework

Special Education students are eligible to apply for the 4+1 Accelerated Online Master’s Degree program at the University of Maine (External Site), which allows them to take online master’s-level courses during their senior year of undergraduate study.

Inclusive Early Childhood Education Concentration 🌐

This concentration leads to teacher preparation in working with young children (birth through age five) with mild to moderate disabilities within inclusive settings. Students in this concentration will take the general education and education program core requirements, as well as:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
  • Praxis Content Area Exam
  • a total of 12 credits in Liberal Arts English, Liberal Arts Mathematics, Liberal Arts Science, and Liberal Arts Social Studies (from either the general core classes or electives)
  • 39 credits in professional coursework, including the Program Capstone Experience – SED 329

🌐  = Complete on campus or 100% online. Visit UMM Online to learn more.

Degree earned

Bachelor of Science in Education