CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42–26
Required Art Courses Credits
ART 100 - Drawing I 3
ART 104 - Painting I 3
ART 106 - Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 113 - Three Dimensional Fundamentals 3
ART 114 - Printmaking 3
ART 200 - Advanced Drawing 3
ARH 210 - Art History Survey I 3
ARH 211 - Art History Survey II 3
ARH 260 - Renaissance and Baroque Art or ARH 270 - Art in the Modern World 3
ART 395 - Studio Concentration Seminar 3
ART elective 3
One additional course in studio arts (ART 200-499) 3
Art Minimum Required Total Credits 36
Required Education Courses Credits
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 Issues in the Schools 3
EDU 382- Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods 3
EDU 441 - Methods of Art Education 3
EDU 488 - Secondary or Art Ed Practicum 3
EDU 484 - K-12 Art Internship and Seminar 12
SPE 405 - Inclusive Methods and Data-Based Decision Making 3
Education Minimum Required Total Credits 39
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Field Experience

The faculty in the Department of Education is 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, teaching lessons, conducting experiments, administering assessments, etc.). Transportation to and from schools is the responsibility of the student.


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 Maine Common Core Teaching 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

All students enrolled in the internship must demonstrate their teaching competence with respect to Maine Common Core Teaching 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 PERB is a requirement for completion of the certification program and subsequently being recommended to the Maine State Department of Education for teacher licensure.

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.