As an undergraduate in the Department of Education, you prepare for a career as a teacher. 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/middle education by completing this four-year program. Upon graduation, you hold both a B.S. in Elementary/Middle Education and State of Maine teacher certification (K-8). This certification is reciprocal in Northern New England and beyond.
The program includes content rich in curriculum theory, assessment, literacy, educational psychology and classroom management, 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.
The Elementary/Middle major is also only a 48-credit major which gives you an opportunity to pursue other passions through a double major, minors, study abroad or internships.
If you are a major in any other department at UNE 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, social studies or mathematics.
The program includes content rich in curriculum theory, assessment, literacy, educational psychology and classroom management, using technology in the classroom as well as courses in teaching the various subject areas included in secondary curricula. It also requires that you complete a secondary practicum and internship.
The Department of Education collaborates with the Department of Creative and Fine Arts 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.
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.
This minor will help prepare you to support individuals of all abilities through hands-on experiences and up-to-date knowledge and instruction from the field of special education. You will be required to complete field work hours in a classroom or other relevant settings and will be expected to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned to real world settings. Courses cover a wide breadth of knowledge including disabilities in the general education classroom, psychology, disability studies, and strategies to teach skills.
You may also visit the Catalog to find out more about any of the above programs.
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.