UNE's Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (TCP) is no longer accepting applications for admissions. All accepted and current students should contact the program directly.

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
    • English
    • Mathematics
  • 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 program 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.

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