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Elementary Education


Elementary Educator and students work together on gym floorThe College emphasizes a diverse liberal arts background, academic specialization, professional training and field experiences to prepare teachers who are outstanding practitioners and enthusiastic role models for lifelong learning. Students admitted to the College’s Teacher Candidacy program at the end of their sophomore year have proven their commitment to the profession through field experiences and academic performance. The College’s teacher candidates, in partnership with area schools, work, learn and apply theory to practice under the shared guidance and expertise of practicing teachers and college professors.

Students document their learning and professional growth through the development of a portfolio, which serves as a valuable self-marketing asset.

Areas of concentration for Elementary (grades K-8) teachers include: English, French, Spanish, Human Development, Life/Physical Sciences, Social Studies, Mathematics, English as a Second Language.

The College’s teacher preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. After successfully completing university and program requirements, graduates are recommended for provisional teaching certificates in the state of Maine. National accreditation helps pave the way for reciprocal certification in other states.

For additional information, contact:

Mary Mahoney O’Neil, Assistant Dean
College of Education and Human Development
101 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5766