Welcome. Farmington has earned a national reputation for preparing highly qualified teachers. Our Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs offer extensive experiences in children’s settings as we prepare professionals to work with the whole child, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
Early Childhood Degree Program
The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare pre-professionals to work with young children from birth to age eight and their families. The program is based upon the National Association for the Education of Young Children personnel standards for teacher preparation and is NCATE accredited. Majors completing the program are eligible for jobs in a variety of settings in early care and education including: child care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, community and recreational programs. Majors who choose to complete the Praxis I and II exams may be eligible for the Maine teacher endorsements 081 Teacher of Birth-5, or 029, Teacher of Early Childhood, K-3. The K-3 and Birth-5 certification options are programs of study that lead to both the Bachelors degree and a teaching certificate.
The ECH program involves building a knowledge base in child development as well as multiple experiences that combine theory and practice through relevant coursework and extensive experience in early care and education settings. Practical experiences in settings are continuous and linked to curriculum courses. Students utilize campus resources such as the Sweatt-Winter Child Care Center, UMF Nursery School and Pre-Kindergarten, the UMF Infant-Toddler Programs, the Children’s Literature Book Room, the Assistive Technology Center, as well as community programs serving children and families.
Students may choose among three options:
- The Birth to 5 Education (Certification) program leads to ME Teacher Certification (081 Endorsement) that allows graduates to teach in a variety of early childhood settings, including inclusive pre-kindergarten classrooms located in public schools.
- The Early Education and Care (Non-Certification) program prepares students for work with young children and their families across a range of early childhood settings. Alternatively, students may elect to enroll in additional courses leading to an additional teaching endorsement.
- The K-3 Education (Certification) program leads to ME Teacher Certification (029 Endorsement in Early Elementary), preparing graduates to teach in inclusive classrooms from kindergarten to third grade. Students wishing to become certified in both Birth through 5 and K-3 should discuss this option with their advisor.
Elementary Education Degree Program
This NCATE-accredited program has an outstanding reputation for the education and placement of elementary teachers. It is an intense, hands-on program that combines theory and practice through relevant coursework and extensive experience in the classroom. The program includes two semester-long field experiences: a practicum/computers/diversity/literacy block in the sophomore year and student teaching in the senior year. Using campus resources, students work side-by-side with faculty and apply what they have learned in nearby public schools. Each student selects a concentration to reinforce the Arts & Sciences foundation of the Elementary Education Program. The concentration is usually selected in consultation with the advisor during a student’s first year of study. It is not necessary to declare a concentration at the time of admission.