Undergraduate - Teacher Candidacy
The College of Education and Human Development, (COEHD), as a professional school with approved programs from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Maine State Department of Education, requires all its students seeking teacher certification to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful beginning teachers. Our students upon completion of their program will demonstrate a mastery of the Ten Maine Beginning Standards and the UMaine NCATE Proficiencies. Students will do this through the development of a portfolio that demonstrates, over the course of their professional studies, their dedication to teaching, their ability to be reflective practitioners, to collaborate and synthesize theory and practice and to establish teaching and learning environments; all core principles of the COEHD.
It is recommended that all students apply for Teacher Candidacy in the second semester of their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year. Transfer students will need to apply as soon as possible. It is important to understand that Teacher Candidacy status is required to enroll in all upper division education courses and student teaching.
To apply for Teacher Candidacy students must submit an electronic portfolio (eFolio). For Spring Semester admission, portfolio applications must be submitted by October 1. For Fall Semester admissions, portfolios must be submitted by February 1.
Questions regarding portfolios need to be addressed to the advisors in the Advising Center (Elementary & Secondary Students; KPE Teaching Coaching Students) and to the assigned faculty advisor if enrolled in the Early Childhood (K-3) Major. The Advising Center Staff offers workshops related to the Teacher Candidacy eFolio process. Please contact the Advising Center folder on FirstClass for the most up-to-date workshop schedule.
Components of the eFolio:
- Academic Transcript. Your cumulative GPA in general education courses must be 2.5. A C- or better is required in EDB 202, EDB 221, and a child or adolescent development course for early elementary, elementary and secondary education students, or KPE 262 for Teaching/Coaching candidates in KPE. Early Childhood Education (K-3) are required to have a C or better in CHF 201. You can request a transcript through the Office of Student Records or print one off your MaineStreet account.
- Field Experience Report. At the conclusion of spending 5 full days (approximately 30 hours) observing a K-12 classroom (grade level and subject matter must align with student’s program of study) students will write a formal field report around set observation criteria. Specific details regarding the observation can be obtained by attending a workshop or visiting the Advising Center.
- Documentation of Praxis I Exam. The Praxis I exam is a Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST) in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing and is required for teacher candidacy and teacher certification in Maine. You must pass Praxis I in order to be eligible for teacher candidacy. The exam is offered both as a paper-based exam and computer-based exam (CBT). You must register for the PPST 6 weeks prior to the exam. You may register online at www.ets.org/praxis for the PPST. To register for the CBT call 1-800-853-6773. The Thomson Prometric testing facility is located on Outer Hammond Street in Bangor. Updated information on Praxis I test dates can be found online at www.ets.org or by visiting the Advising Center.