Eligible for Teaching Certification by State of Maine
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Education
The Teacher Certification Program (TCP) is for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and are interested in acquiring elementary/middle or secondary teacher certification. Through course work designed to satisfy department and state requirements, certification in elementary/middle education (K-8), secondary education (7-12 in either life science, physical science, English, history, mathematics), or art education (K-12) can be obtained. All coursework must be completed at the graduate level (EDU 500 - 600). After completion of this certification program, a student is eligible to enroll in the Master of Science in Education degree program with a concentration in Teaching Methodology. This program builds on the Teacher Certification Program and, with the addition of 5 online core courses (15 credits), one may earn a Master of Science in Education degree.
Prior to admittance into the Teacher Certification Program a student can take courses as a continuing education student. Continuing education (CE) students may enroll in two courses (6 credit hours). To enroll in any more courses for subsequent semesters, CE students must be admitted into the TCP.
Recent UNE graduates can enroll as Continuing Education students to complete student teaching in the Department of Education to achieve State of Maine’s Elementary or Secondary teacher certification.
In order to be admitted to student teaching through Continuing Education, students must:
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 upon graduation from UNE;
- Apply to student teach within 2 years of graduation;
- Be recommended by a UNE advisor;
- Show evidence of passing PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II;
- Provide contact information for three references;
- Have completed the State of Maine recommended certification courses prior to student teaching.
Application deadlines for Student Teaching are October 1st for the following Spring semester and April 1st for the following Fall semester.
Once students are approved, the Chair of the Department of Education will forward the approval paperwork to the Continuing Education program. The student will be eligible to register for the 12-credit student teaching experience.
The Education Certification Programs are approved by the Maine Department of Education and meet documented state standards. Please note that state requirements can change over time, which can affect curriculum and test requirements for students. Please check with your education advisor to obtain any updates.
|Program Required Courses|
|EDU 502 - Curriculum and Assessment||3|
|SPE 510 - Exceptionality in the Classroom||3|
|EDU 561 - Teaching Social Studies, K-8||3|
|EDU 567 - Teaching Science, K-8||3|
|EDU 573 - Teaching Mathematics, K-8||3|
EDU 581 - Foundations of Literacy Development and Instruction
|EDU 582 - Literacy Research -Based Instructional Methods||3|
|EDU 1025 - K-8 Internship and Seminar||12|
|Total Elementary Certification Credits
|Secondary or Art Certification|
|EDU 502 - Curriculum and Assessment||3|
|SPE 510 - Exceptionality in the Classroom||3|
|EDU 582 - Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods||3|
|Select one appropriate methods course from the following list:||3|
|EDU 536 - Teaching Secondary English|
|EDU 537 - Teaching Secondary Science|
|EDU 538 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies|
|EDU 539 - Teaching Secondary Math|
|EDU 541 - Methods of Art Education|
|EDU 1030 - Secondary Internship and Seminar or
EDU 1035 - K-12 Internship and Seminar*
|Elective- Must choose ONE elective at the Graduate Level||3|
|Total Secondary or Art Certification Credits
The faculty in the Department of Education is committed to providing students with ongoing and frequent observation and involvement in schools. The teacher education programs at UNE have a specific, competency-based focus to meet the InTASC standards for teacher certification. All students engaged in the TCP will spend time in a field setting during each of the semesters for which they are registered for professional education courses. Involvement in the schools will be connected to specific, course-related tasks (e.g., conducting observations, teaching lessons, administering assessments, etc.).
Courses may not be taken during the internship semester. Therefore, all required coursework must be completed by the end of the semester prior to start of the internship. Admission to the internship is not guaranteed (see section on “Admission Requirements and Successful Progression in the Program”). In addition, the student should have each of the following:
- Sufficient knowledge regarding the components of effective instruction.
- Sufficient knowledge of appropriate grade-level content and teaching methods.
- Sufficient knowledge of the developmental needs of students.
- Sufficient knowledge of how to establish and maintain effective cooperative relationships with school personnel, students, and parents.
- Understanding of and empathy for working with students.
The selection of individual internship sites will be made by the Certification and Placement Officer. Geographical location relative to UNE is a consideration. UNE has a collaborative relationship with many districts and selects schools and teachers based on their interest in and ability to assist interns in demonstrating mastery of the InTASC standards. Placement in an internship is not guaranteed. The Department of Education, through its Certification and Placement Officer, will make a good faith effort to negotiate an appropriate placement. Schools have the right to refuse placement requests. The University, at its discretion, will not place students in internship settings (1) where an intern's children or relatives are enrolled, or (2) where a spouse or relative of an intern is currently employed.
Professional Educator Review Board (PERB)
All students enrolled in the internship must demonstrate their teaching competence to the Professional Educator Review Board (PERB) with respect to the InTASC standards. This board is comprised of professional educators from area schools, as well as UNE faculty. Students are required to develop a portfolio that attests to their proficiency in meeting the InTASC standards; they must present and defend their portfolio in front of the PERB. Receiving a passing evaluation from the PERB is a requirement for completion of all the certification programs and, subsequently, being recommended to the Maine State Department of Education for teacher licensure.
Students in the Teacher Certification Program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to continue in the program. If a student does not pass an education course with a C or better, they are eligible to retake the course only once. Grade point averages will be calculated using only courses taken at UNE (the cumulative grade point average) and using accepted transfer courses as meeting professional program requirements but will not be figured into the GPA. All TCP courses must be taken at graduate level.
No student will be able to student teach without showing evidence of passing PRAXIS II. All students must show evidence of passing Praxis II before the internship application deadline, which is February 1st for a Fall internship and October 1st for a Spring internship.
Students may obtain Praxis I registration information and Praxis II registration information from the Department of Education office or from the Educational Testing Service website: www.ets.org.
In addition to these achievement requirements, students admitted to UNE's teacher certification programs are assessed periodically for the purpose of determining their professionalism and suitability for teaching. If serious reservations arise, a committee will convene to determine a student's continuance in the program. Finally, students must pass the Professional Education Review Board (referenced later in this section of the catalog) at which competency in the InTASC standards must be demonstrated.
Course Withdrawal Policy
In the fall, spring, and summer semesters, a student may withdraw from a course without academic penalty with a grade of W at any time during the first two-thirds of the semester as specified in the current academic calendar. If withdrawal occurs after that date, the grade of WP (withdrew passing) or WF (withdrew failing) will be entered. The grade of WF is computed in the grade point average.
An Incomplete (I) grade may be given by the instructor to a student, who is doing passing work in a course, but who, for reasons beyond his/her control, is not able to complete the work on time. The Incomplete grade must be changed within the time limit determined by the instructor and may not extend beyond six weeks following the end of the semester or 30 days following the end of an eight-week session. Until changed, the Incomplete grade defers computation of credits and grade points for the course to which it is assigned. Failure to complete the work before the deadline date, or within the time imposed by the instructor, results in the assignment of an administrative F grade for the course. Once an Incomplete grade is removed, academic standing will be updated according to dean's list, good standing or probationary standards.
All coursework, including the internship, should be completed within a five-year timeframe. A delay beyond the five years might warrant the retaking of course work. Furthermore, if state certification requirements change prior to your completion even within the five-year timeframe, those changes must be incorporated into a revised program plan, in order to meet state certification regulations.
Maine Department of Education InTASC Standards
Standard One: Learner Development
The teacher understands how students learn and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
Standard Two: Learning Differences
The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that allow each learner to reach his/her full potential.
Standard Three: Learning Environments
The teacher works with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
Standard Four: Content Knowledge
The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners
Standard Five: Innovative Applications of Content
The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical/creative thinking and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
Standard Six: Assessment
The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to document learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s on-going planning and instruction.
Standard Seven: Planning for Instruction
The teacher draws upon knowledge of content areas, cross-disciplinary skills, learners, the community, and pedagogy to plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.
Standard Eight: Instructional Strategies
The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to access and appropriately apply information.
Standard Nine: Reflection and Continuous Growth
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, families, and other professionals in the learning community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
Standard Ten: Collaboration
The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.
Standard Eleven: Technology Standards for Teachers - (NETS.T)
Effective teachers model and apply the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS.S) as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community. All teachers will meet the following standards and performance indicators.
The Teacher Certification program is for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and are interested in a career in teaching. Certification may be obtained in elementary/middle education (K-8), secondary education (7-12) or art education (K-12). Secondary certification areas are: life science, physical science, social studies, English or mathematics.
After completion of this certification program, a UNE student is eligible to enroll in the Master of Science in Education degree program with a concentration in Teaching Methodology. The Master of Science in Education degree program with a concentration in Teaching Methodology is available only to UNE students who have completed the Teacher Certification Program. This program is a 30 credit master’s degree encompassing 15 graduate credits from the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) and an additional 15 credits online that have been designated to satisfy Department and state requirements for certification in areas of elementary/middle education (K-8), secondary education (7-12), or art education (K-12). The remaining 15 credits will be completed following initial teaching certification. These credits are from a totally online graduate program with in depth study in the areas of professional learning communities, differentiation, motivation, and action research.
- Bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- 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.)
NOTE: UNE does not accept students for student teaching only, regardless of whether a state transcript analysis shows that all other academic and professional education requirements have been satisfied
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
- Applications for admission are submitted through the UNE online application. Submission of the online application will include a personal statement, names and email addresses of three reference letter writers
- Applications for new students will be accepted for the summer, fall, and spring terms.
- Students may enroll in no more than two (2) TCP courses (a maximum of 6 credits) through the Office of Continuing Education before applying to the program. Students do need to understand that registering for courses as a non-matriculated student will prohibit the student from enrolling in the same semester as a matriculated student. Also, students are not eligible for financial aid to cover the cost of coursework completed as a non-matriculated students
- Applications submitted and completed by the deadline will be considered by the Admissions Committee. 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.
- International students and students with international degrees must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. See International Admissions.
- All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions. If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.
The Teacher Certification program and the TCP Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.
- 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.