Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science with a major in Secondary Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Education

Mission

The mission of the Department of Education is to develop reflective teachers who are competent and caring lifelong learners. Our faculty members are dedicated to our students, university, and community through our research, service, and innovative teaching. In addition to the mission statement, the Department of Education has four guiding principles that are used in development and delivery of all courses and programs. These principles are:

  • Rigorous mind
  • Compassionate heart
  • Competent demonstration
  • Reflective stance

These guiding principles are integrated into all of our programs and align with our mission statement to define our commitment to our students. The programs in the Department of Education are aligned with state teacher certification standards, and only individuals who demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, professional attitude, and commitment to future students will be recommended by the institution for certification.

Major Description

Students complete a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor’s Degree of Science. Maine State requirements mandate 24 credits in a discipline area.  Students can either choose to double major in Secondary Education along with a major in an academic discipline that leads to certification or major in Secondary Education with an academic area concentration. Academic disciplines at UNE that lead to secondary certification are: Biology (and associated life science majors), Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History, Marine Biology, Mathematics and Political Science. The Education Department provides the professional teacher preparation courses culminating in a semester of student teaching.  

Curricular Requirements

There are two paths that students can take as a Secondary Education Major. 

1.     Double Major: Students can major in Secondary Education along with a major in an academic discipline that leads to certification. Areas of secondary certification are: English, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Social Studies.

2.     Secondary Major with Academic Concentration: Students can major in Secondary Education with an academic area concentration. Concentrations are available in: Mathematics, Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics), History, English, and Marine Science.

SECONDARY (7-12) EDUCATION CERTIFICATION WITH DOUBLE MAJOR

CREDITS

University Core Requirements

42-46

Double Major Subject Requirements 
See requirements for your major: ArtBiologyChemistryEnglishEnvironmental ScienceEnvironmental StudiesMarine Sciences, MathematicsPolitical Science

varies

Professional Core Courses 

39

EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 - 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 - Curriculum & Assessment

3

SPE 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385- Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382- Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods

3

EDU 488 - Secondary Practicum

         3

EDU 498 - Secondary Internship and Seminar

        12

EDU 405- Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

         3

Select one appropriate methods course from the following list:

3

EDU 436 - Teaching Secondary English 

 

EDU 437 - Teaching Secondary Science

 

EDU 438 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies 

 

EDU 439 - Teaching Secondary Math 

 

EDU 441 - Methods of Art Education

 

Open Electives (as needed to reach 120 credits)

variable

Minimum Required Total Credits 

120

SECONDARY (7-12) EDUCATION CERTIFICATION WITH ACADEMIC AREA CONCENTRATION

CREDITS

University Core Requirements

42-46

Concentration Requirements 
See requirements below for Academic Area Concentrations

varies

Professional Core Courses 

39

EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 - 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 - Curriculum & Assessment

3

SPE 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385- Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382- Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods

3

Select one appropriate methods course from the following list:

3

EDU 436 - Teaching Secondary English 

 

EDU 437 - Teaching Secondary Science

 

EDU 438 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies 

 

EDU 439 - Teaching Secondary Math 

 

EDU 441 - Methods of Art Education

 

EDU 488 - Secondary Practicum

3

EDU 498 - Secondary Internship and Seminar

12

EDU 405- Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Open Electives (as needed to reach 120 credits)

variable

Minimum Required Total Credits 

120

FIELD EXPERIENCE

The faculty in the Department of Education are committed to ongoing and frequent observation and involvement in schools. The teacher education programs at UNE have a specific competency-based focus to meet the Maine standards for teacher certification. All students engaged in teacher preparation will spend time in a field setting in 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., observation, the teaching of lessons, conducting of experiments, administration of assessments, etc.).  Transportation to and from schools is the responsibility of the student. 

INTERNSHIP

Without specific permission from the Education Department Chair, courses may not be taken during the internship semester, so all required coursework must be completed the semester prior to 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:

  1. Sufficient knowledge regarding the components of effective instruction.
  2. Sufficient knowledge of appropriate grade-level content and teaching methods.
  3. Sufficient knowledge of the developmental needs of students.
  4. Sufficient knowledge of how to establish and maintain effective cooperative relationships with school personnel, students, and parents.
  5. Understanding of and empathy for working with students.
  6. No serious reservations identified on the Student Assessment of Professional Attributes (SAPA) instrument.

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 both 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 15 week student teaching experience must be done in a local Maine Public School that is in an established internship protocol with the University of New England. 

 

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR REVIEW BOARD (PERB)

All students enrolled in the internship must demonstrate their teaching competence with respect to InTASC Standards before the Professional Educator Review Board (PERB). The Board is comprised of professional educators from area schools as well as UNE faculty. Students are required to develop a portfolio reflecting their proficiency in meeting these state standards and present and defend the portfolio in front of the Board. Passing the PERB is a requirement for completion of the certification program and subsequently being recommended to the Maine State Department of Education for teacher licensure.

Secondary Major with Academic Concentrations

CONCENTRATION IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Maine Certification Area: 300 MATH (MAT)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

26-27

MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences

3

MAT 190 - Calculus I

4

MAT 195 - Calculus II

4

MAT 212 - Applied Discrete Mathematics

3

MAT 220 - Applied Linear Algebra

3

MAT 240 – Geometry

3

MAT 321 - Applied Statistics I

3

One MAT course at 200 level or above

3 – 4

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385  Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods 

3

EDU 439 Teaching Secondary Math

3

EDU 486 Practicum

3

EDU 492– Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

13 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Maine Certification Area: 395 LIFE SCIENCE (BIO, ENV, MAR)

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

25 credits

BIO 106/106L – Biology II: Cellular/Molecular Lab

4

ENV 220 – Conservation and Preservation

3

ENV 220L – Conservation and Preservation Lab

2

ENV ELECTIVE 300/300L or 400/400L or MAR 316,MAR 386, MAR 365

4

ENV ELECTIVE 300/300L or 400/400L

4

ENV ELECTIVE 300/300L or 400/400L

4

ENV ELECTIVE 300/300L or 400/400L

4

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385  Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods 

3

EDU 437 Teaching Secondary Science

3

EDU 486 Practicum

3

EDU 492– Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

13 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN BIOLOGY

Maine Certification Area: 395 LIFE SCIENCE (BIO, ENV, MAR)

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

24-25

BIO 105 – Biology I: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution 

4

Biology II: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIO 200  - Genetics or BIO 207 – Organismal genetics                                  

4-5

BIO 400 or higher level elective                                                                                 

3-4

One Physiology topic area course*See Biology Curricular Requirements                              

3-4

One Ecology topic area course*See Biology Curricular Requirements           

3-4

One Organismal topic area course*See Biology Curricular Requirements      

3-4

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385  Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods 

3

EDU 437 Teaching Secondary Science

3

EDU 486 Practicum

3

EDU 492– Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

13 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE- Chemistry Track

Maine Certification Area: 350 PHYSICAL SCIENCE (CHE, PHY)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

25-26

CHE 110 – General Chemistry I

4

CHE 111 – General Chemistry II

4

CHE 210 – Organic Chemistry I

5

CHE 307 or CHE 310 – Quantitative Analysis or Fundamentals of Biochemistry

4-5

PHY 110/210 – General Physics I/University Physics I

4

PHY 111/211 – General Physics II/University Physics II

4

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 - 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 - Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385 - Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 - Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods

3

EDU 437 Teaching Secondary Science

3

EDU 486 - Practicum

3

EDU 492 - Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 - Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

7-10 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN PHYSICAL SCIENCEPhysics Track

Maine Certification Area: 350 PHYSICAL SCIENCE (CHE, PHY)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

25

PHY 110/210 – General Physics I/University Physics I

4

PHY 111/211 – General Physics II/University Physics II

4

PHY 208 – Energy and Climate Change

3

PHY 305 – Revolutions of 20th Century Physics

3

PHY 310 – Biophysics Structure and Motion or PHY 320 - Medical Physics

3

CHE 110 – General Chemistry I

4

CHE 111 – General Chemistry II

4

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 - 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 - Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385 - Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 - Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods

3

 EDU 437 Teaching Secondary Science

3

EDU 486 - Practicum

3

EDU 492 - Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 - Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

13-14 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN PHYSICAL SCIENCEMulti-disciplinary Track

Maine Certification Area: 350 PHYSICAL SCIENCE (CHE, PHY)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

31 credits

CHE 110 – General Chemistry I

4

CHE 111 – General Chemistry II

4

CHE 210 – Organic Chemistry I

5

PHY 110/210 – General Physics I/University Physics I

4

PHY 111/211 – General Physics II/University Physics II

4

PHY 305 – Revolutions of 20th Century Physics

3

MAR 270 Oceanography

4

MAR 366 Adv Oceanography I: Geological/Biological

3

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 - 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 - Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385 - Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 - Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods

3

EDU 437 Teaching Secondary Science

3

EDU 486 - Practicum

3

EDU 492 - Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 - Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

6-7 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN HISTORY

Maine Certification Area: 200 SOCIAL STUDIES (GEOG, HIS, ECO, POL)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

24

HIS 222: US History I

3

HIS 223: US History II

3

HIS Elective: HIS 290: Historical Research Methods & Writing (recommended)

3

HIS Elective (any level)

3

HIS Elective (any level)

3

HIS Elective (any level)

3

HIS Elective (any level)

3

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385  Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods 

3

EDU 438: Teaching Secondary Social Studies

3

EDU 486 Practicum

3

EDU 492– Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

13 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN ENGLISH

Maine Certification Area: 100 ENG/LA (ENG)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

24

ENG 115: Classics of British Literature I

3

ENG 116: Classics of British Literature II

3

ENG 200: US Literature I: Writing, Revolution and Resistance

3

ENG 201: US Literature II: Cultural Diversity and Common Identity

3

ENG 206: Introduction to Literary Theory

3

ENG 334: Methods of Literary and Cultural Criticism

3

Global Literacy Elective: such as ENG 329, ENG 405, ENG 403

3

Interdisciplinary Literacy Elective: such as ENG 221, ENG 376

3

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385  Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods 

3

EDU 436: Teaching Secondary English

3

EDU 486 Practicum

3

EDU 492– Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

13 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

CONCENTRATION IN MARINE SCIENCES

Maine Certification Area: 395 LIFE SCIENCE (BIO, ENV, MAR)

 

CREDITS

CAS CORE REQUIREMENTS

42-46

Concentration Credits

25-28

MAR 105/MAR 105L – Evolution/Ecology of Marine Organisms, with Lab

4

MAR 106/MAR 106L – Cellular/Molecular Biology of Marine Organisms, with Lab

4

MAR 250/MAR 250L – Marine Biology, with Lab

4

MAR 270/MAR 270L – Oceanography, with Lab

4

MAR Elective Organismal Biology Area Course **See Marine Curricular Requirements      

3-4

MAR Elective Organismal Biology Area Course **See Marine Curricular Requirements      

3-4

One additional Marine Science Course (Non-Organismal) **See Marine Curricular Requirements   

3-4

Secondary Education Courses

 

EDU 105 Exploring Teaching

3

EDU 110 21st Century Learning Through Technology

3

EDU 202 Curriculum and Assessment

3

SPE 220 Exceptionality in the Classroom

3

EDU 385  Diversity and Social Justice

3

EDU 382 Literacy Research- Based Instructional Methods 

3

EDU 436-441 Teaching Methods (Teaching Social Studies, English, Science, Math, and Art)

3

EDU 486 Practicum

3

EDU 492– Student Teaching

12

EDU 405 Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making

3

Total Credits in Secondary Education

39 credits

Elective Credits

10-14 credits

Minimum Total Required Credits  

120

*Biology Curricular Requirements

Curricular Area Requirements

Credits

Ecology Area

 

BIO 333 - Evolution

3

BIO 350 - Ecology

4

Organismal Biology Area

 

BIO 204 - Parasitology

4

BIO 208/209 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIO 223 - Health, Nutrition and Feeding Cultured Organisms

4

BIO 232 - Microbiology or BIO 234 Environmental Microbiology

4

BIO 245 - BIO 345 - Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

4-5

MAR 252 - Natural History of Marine Mammals

3

MAR 310 - Phycology

4

BIO 319 - Ornithology

4

MAR 320 - Invertebrate Zoology

4

BIO 323 - Principles of Aquarium Operations and Science

4

BIO 330 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4

MAR 331 - Biology of Fishes

4

MAR 355 - Biology of Marine Mammals

4

MAR 375 - Biology of Sharks, Skates and Rays

4

Physiology (Cellular Biology) Area

 

BIO 203 - Histology

4

BIO 208 - BIO 209 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIO 245 - BIO 345 - Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

4-5

BIO 322 - Comparative Animal Physiology

3

BIO 365 - Immunology

3

BIO 370 - Cell/Molecular Biology

3

BIO 404 - Neuroscience

4

**See Marine Curricular Requirements         

MAR Organismal Biology Courses

 

MAR 310/MAR 310L – Phycology, with Lab

4

MAR 312/MAR 312L – Plankton, with Lab

4

MAR 320/MAR 320L – Invertebrate Zoology, with Lab

4

MAR 331/MAR 331L – Biology of Fishes, with Lab

4

MAR 355/MAR 355L – Biology of Marine Mammals, with Lab

4

MAR 375/MAR 375L – Biology of Sharks, Skates, Rays, with Lab

4

MAR 430 – Deep Sea Biology

3

MAR 442 – Aquatic Invasive Species

3

BIO 421/BIO 421L – Coral Reefs, with Lab

4

Additional MAR Courses (not an Organismal Biology Courses):

Credits

MAR 210 – Intro to Marine Science Research

1-4

MAR 230 – Directed/Independent Study in Mar Sci

1-4

MAR 252 – Natural History of Marine Mammals

3

MAR 275 – Intro to Mar Honors Research

1-4

MAR 295 – Marine Science Internship

1-4

MAR 316 – Science and Society

3

MAR 326 – Experimental Animal Physiology

3

MAR 335/MAR 335L – Animal Behavior/Behavioral Ecology, with Lab

4

MAR 350/MAR 350L – Marine Ecology, with Lab

4

MAR 354 – Ecological Aquaculture

3

MAR 410 – Marine Science Research

1-4

MAR 415 – Independent Study in Marine Sciences

1-4

MAR 418 – Symbiosis

3

MAR 421/MAR 421L – Marine Science Topics, with Lab

4

MAR 424/MAR 424L – Physiological Ecology of Fish, with Lab

4

MAR 428 – Marine Conservation

3

MAR 432/MAR 432L – Fisheries Biology, with Lab

4

MAR 451/MAR 451L – Marine Biology Topics, with Lab

4

MAR 464 – Polar Biology

3

MAR 495 – Adv Marine Science Internship

1-4

BIO 221 – Principles of Aquaculture

3

BIO 222/BIO 222L – Finfish/Shellfish Culture Techniques, with Lab

4

BIO 223/BIO 223L – Health, Nutrition, and Feeding of Cultured Organisms, with Lab

4

BIO 323/BIO 323L – Principles of Aquarium Operations, with Lab

4

Academic & Technical Standards

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.

INCOMPLETE POLICY

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.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

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.

Learning Outcomes

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. 

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their major advisor. 

Transfer Credit

TRANSFER CREDIT

Individuals who have full acceptance in the Teaching Certification Program can transfer up to, but no more than (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 course 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.

Admissions

Candidates for all undergraduate education programs not already possessing a bachelor’s degree must meet the core requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the requirements for their major. Elementary/middle certification requirements for the major rests solely within the Department of Education. Secondary certification students and art education students must meet two sets of major requirements involving their content major as well as the requirements for professional certification. 

Each undergraduate student will be reviewed for admission to advanced standing when s/he has completed approximately 60 credit hours. Advanced standing is earned by achieving minimums of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in professional education courses with no course grade below a C; 3.0 in content area classes for those pursuing secondary or art education certification; and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average across all courses including the core curriculum and electives. Grade point averages will be calculated using only courses taken at UNE (the cumulative grade point average) and using transfer courses if accepted as a part of the professional program (the cumulative professional grade point average). Students who do not meet these grade-point average requirements must improve their grade-point average before continuing in education courses, or change their major to Education Studies. If a grade below C- is attained in a professional education course, that course must be retaken until at least a C- is received before additional education courses can be taken.

At the time of the 60-credit review, students must pass the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators (5712, 5722, and 5732) using the state of Maine minimum scores. Undergraduate transfer students who bring in more than 60 transfer credits have up to one semester to pass Praxis I. If Praxis I is not passed at the time of these deadlines, the student must change his/her major to Educational Studies. 

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 who can not show evidence of passing all sections of PRAXIS II are required to change their major to Educational Studies.

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 education programs are assessed systematically for the purpose of determining their professionalism and suitability for teaching.  Each semester students complete self-assessment SAPA in each professional education course and these are reviewed by faculty. 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 teaching standards must be shown.

All certification 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 plan program in order to meet state certification regulations.

 

Financial Information

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2017-2018 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication April 28, 2017.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.

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