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The mission of the Department of Education at the University of New England in Biddeford and Portland, Maine is to advance the quality of life through developing reflective and resourceful teachers and school leaders who are competent, caring, and qualified.

The department provides initial and continuing professional education for aspiring and practicing teachers who improve the quality of life for youngsters in schools, institutions, and other clinical settings in Maine, New England and the nation.

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The Department of Education offers seven programs:

  • An undergraduate Elementary Education Program in which students complete a four-year curriculum leading to a bachelor of science degree with a major in elementary education and earn Maine certification to teach in grades K – 8. More information.

  • An undergraduate Secondary Education Program for students seeking teacher certification in addition to a degree in their major discipline. More information.

  • A post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program for individuals who already hold the baccalaureate degree and complete the necessary professional education courses to be eligible for state certification in grades K-8 or secondary certification (grades 7-12) in selected subject areas. More information.
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  • Master of Science in Education in Teaching Methodology Concentration through both on-campus and online instruction. More information.

  • Master of Science in Education through online instruction in Curriculum & Instruction Strategies, Literacy (K-12), Educational Leadership and Inclusion Education. More information.

  • Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Advanced Educational Leadership; Curriculum & Instruction Strategies; Educational Leadership; Inclusion Education; Leadership, Ethics & Change; and Literacy (K-12). More information.

  • An Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) that  focuses on Transformative Leadership. More information.

Undergraduates from Other Departments
Undergraduates in other departments are eligible to take courses toward teacher certification upon application to the Department of Education. Students may wish to pursue study in secondary education (physical sciences, life sciences, social studies, mathematics, and English) or elementary education (grades K-8).

Upon acceptance, students will be assigned an advisor in the Department of Education in addition to their regular faculty advisor. Due to course requirements in the major field of study, the University's core requirements, and requirements in professional education, an additional semester or summer session may be required. Many undergraduate students who pursue concurrent teacher certification complete as much of the course work as possible as a part of the bachelor's degree and then return to UNE in the post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (TCP). Information is available by contacting the chair of the Department of Education.

Continuous Discovery
The faculty in the department is committed to providing a sound professional education through course work and classroom experiences to prepare individuals to become competent citizens and effective professionals.

Our program is based on the belief that to be effective in working with students, one must be in the process of continuous discovery as a professional educator. We believe all individuals develop best in an environment that is supportive yet challenging, structured yet flexible, and organized yet creative, where learning is personal and experiential.

Students in programs in education are expected to develop competencies based upon the ten standards for Maine teacher certification. Additionally, all graduates of UNE's education programs will demonstrate the ability to help students achieve the required academic standards.

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