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: