As an undergraduate in the Department of Education, you prepare for a career as a teacher or administrator. You gain important pedagogical knowledge, practice methods that yield real results with students, and learn to inspire others with your creativity and passion.
The knowledge you gain with us is the foundation upon which you may build a lifetime’s worth of learning. Our program is supportive yet challenging, structured yet flexible, and organized yet creative. The learning you do is personal and experiential as you develop competencies in the ten standards for Maine teacher certification and demonstrate the ability to help students meet their academic standards.
The Department of Education offers four undergraduate majors and a minor in Education:
Prepare for a career in elementary education by completing this four-year program. Upon graduation, you hold both a B.S. in Elementary Education and State of Maine teacher certification (K-8).
The program includes courses in curriculum theory and design, literacy for diverse learners, educational psychology and classroom management, assessment and evaluation, using technology in the classroom, as well as courses in teaching the various subject areas included in elementary curricula. It also requires that you complete an elementary practicum and internship.
If you are a major another department at UNE - such as biology, chemistry, English, environmental science, environmental studies, history or mathematics - you may consult with an advisor in the Department of Education and then begin taking the courses necessary to earn State of Maine secondary teacher certification (7-12) under the certification categories of life science, physical science, English, history or mathematics. Sometimes an additional semester or summer session is required.
The program provides you with courses in curriculum theory and design, educational psychology and classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and methods classes in your intended teaching area. It also includes a secondary practicum and internship.
The Department of Education collaborates with the Department of Arts and Communications to offer a B.A. in Art Education. Guided by scholars and nationally renown artists, you study the theory and practice of education, and learn strategies to employ as a visual arts teacher at the elementary or secondary level (K-12).
If you are interested in studying educational theory and teaching skills, but don’t plan to practice in a K-12 setting, this program provides you with a bachelor's degree in Education without leading to certification. You follow much of the Elementary Education curriculum but instead of the teaching internship, you substitute an internship in a setting outside of a school system, such as a social services agency that focuses on children.
The College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office guides you in researching, applying for and completing the internship. As an Educational Studies major, you might intern at a charter or alternative school, holistic learning classroom, education company, science center, state or national park education program, youth camp, museum, early childhood center, tutoring center, or government office.
Many career paths outside of traditional school settings require employees to train or instruct others. An Education minor provides you with effective teaching strategies that might be employed in such diverse professional settings as museums, nonprofit and for-profit businesses, and private educational settings. You explore the field of education, focusing on principles of learning applicable to both adults and children.
You may also visit the Catalog to find out more about any of the above programs.