The University of New England offers students a Teacher Certification program at the Post-Baccalaureate level for those individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree and are interested in a career in teaching. You can earn certification in one of three areas:
- Elementary/middle education (K–8)
- Secondary education (7–12) in specific subject areas including:
- Life Science
- Physical Science
- Social Studies
- Art education (K–12)
After completion of the post-baccalaureate certification program, a you are eligible to enroll in the Master of Science in Education Degree (MSED) program with a concentration in Teaching Methodology.
- The MSED program with the Teaching Methodology concentration is only available to UNE students who have completed the post-baccalaureate TCP.
- The 30-credit master's level degree encompasses 15 graduate credits from the TCP and an additional 15 credits from the MSED exclusively online graduate program, with in-depth study in the areas of professional learning communities, differentiation, motivation, and action research.
- This combination of credits satisfies UNE’s education department and state requirements for certification in elementary/middle education (K-8), secondary education (7-12), and art education (K-12).
Applying for the TCP program
- Application for admissions must be submitted through the UNE Graduate Admissions Application
- Candidates are accepted for summer, fall, and spring terms each year
- The deadline to apply for the summer term is April 1.
- The deadline to apply for the fall term is July 1.
- The deadline to apply for the spring term is November 1.
- The application process can take some time and you are strongly encouraged to apply well before the noted deadlines. It can take up to 12 weeks to complete the Maine Department of Education transcript analysis.
- Documentation of security clearance must be submitted as part of the application, including a Criminal History Record Check — the approval credential from the Maine Department of Education, which is based on fingerprints. Applicants who already have the Ed Tech III Certification may provide a copy of the certification as proof of fingerprinting — however, it is not necessary to obtain an Ed Tech III certification for application to the TCP program.
Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.
For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.
program admissions requirements
- No specific prerequisite coursework
- Completed a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Submit official report of passing scores on all sections of the PRAXIS I.
- Submit approval credential or official copy of Education Tech III certification from the State of Maine (documentation of this security clearance must be submitted as a part of the application)
- Transcript analysis from the Maine Department of Education (Please note: Analysis may take up to 12 weeks to complete)
- Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission
- Before or upon matriculation, accepted candidates will be expected to
- Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
- Students may enroll in no more than two (2) TCP courses (maximum of 6 credits) through the Office of Continuing Education before application to the program
- Applicants must understand that registering for courses as a non-matriculated student will prohibit the accepted candidate from enrolling in the same semester as a matriculated student
- Students are not eligible for financial aid to cover the cost of coursework completed as a non-matriculated student
- Applications for admission are submitted through the UNE Graduate Admissions application
- Completion of the electronic application includes
- Professional statement/essay
- Names and email addresses of three references
- Reference letters should be from people who know you well and can speak to your academic skills and your professional experience
- Applications for new students will be accepted for the summer, fall, and spring terms
- Applications submitted and completed by the deadline will be considered by the Admissions Committee for the term of application
- Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline for one term will be reviewed on a space available basis or for admissions into the next available term
- Completion of the electronic application includes
- International students and students with international degrees
- Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. regionally accredited institution (International Admissions)
- Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
- UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency
- If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.
- Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
- All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
- Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidate
- Individuals who have full acceptance in the Teaching Certification Program can transfer up to, but no more than six (6) education credits from other universities
- In-service or workshop-type courses that do not carry college credit will not be accepted for transfer equivalency
- No courses of any kind will be accepted from other institutions after your acceptance into the program at UNE without a course equivalency granted prior to the course being taken