Program Overview

Nurture the intellect of the next generation by sharing your expertise in and passion for your favorite subject area. The Secondary Education major at UNE provides a comprehensive background in the field of education while offering you two options for delving deeper into the discipline you wish to teach: a second major or an academic concentration. You may choose to focus on life science, physical science, English, social studies, or mathematics. You’ll graduate with the certification, teaching experience, and confidence you need to step into the classroom and be a difference maker in students’ lives.

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Secondary Education: English/Language Arts

Why UNE for Secondary Education

Teaching at the secondary level requires subject-specific expertise. Our flexible curriculum allows you to double major, minor, or concentrate in your area of interest while earning your B.S. in Education. We also offer minors in Special Education and Coaching.

  • Early and regular field work in classrooms for maximum experience
  • Strong collaboration with local schools that often leads to job offers
  • Close working relationships with faculty
  • Exceptional post-graduation employment rate
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Careers

As a Secondary Education major, you’ll graduate with a firm grasp on curriculum theory, assessment, educational psychology, and classroom management, as well as a teaching certificate and vast field experience in local classrooms. The rewarding career of teaching grades 6-12 awaits you.

Our graduates enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Employability in a steadily-growing field
  • The option to work in public or private schools
  • The flexibility of working in any geographical area (coursework reciprocity in 47 states)
  • The benefit of our reputation for  excellence among local schools

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

100%

2017 and 2018 graduates employed in education or in grad school within one year of graduation

#1

in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2019)

Academics

Examples of Available Courses

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that the Secondary Education major offers:

  • Supporting 21st Century Learning Through Technology
  • Inclusive Classroom Management
  • Educational Law
  • Supporting Individuals with Autism
  • Inclusive Methods and Data-Based Decision Making
  • Exceptionalities in the Classroom

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Grades 6-12 Teaching Certification

Successful completion of the major meets all requirements of the Maine State 6-12 Teacher Certification Program.

Honors Program

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. You should consult with your major advisor or academic director for specific criteria and requirements.

MEET OUR FACULTY AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Experiential Learning

Beginning your very first semester and continuing throughout your four years, you will find yourself in classroom settings, gaining critical on-the-job experience and establishing a rapport with teachers and school administrators.

Field Work in the Schools

  • Support a teacher
  • Help with lesson planning
  • Participate in Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Assist in educational evaluations

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Secondary Education contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or csimon@une.edu.

Global Education

See the World

Before expanding the minds of others in your teaching career, expand your own horizons. Gain knowledge of other cultures, languages, and traditions by spending a semester in Spain, France, Iceland, or Morocco. You may even conduct your student teaching abroad. Or choose from several shorter travel courses, including Comparative Education in a Global Context, which will take you to Ireland for eight days in mid-May.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

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