Pre-Professional Teaching Opportunities at UMF
UMF offers six Teacher Education Programs: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, and School Health Education. All of the programs feature in-depth field experiences. During these experiences, students develop their skills and knowledge in school classrooms, while working closely with mentor teachers and UMF faculty supervisors.
UMF's Education Practicum is an early classroom experience designed to provide college students who are thinking about becoming teachers with an opportunity to explore what it would be like to have a career in education. Prior to student teaching, Education majors take a seminar class that allows them to apply the educational theory they are learning in their courses to a classroom experience. Over the course of the semester, they spend at least six hours per week in an assigned classroom to support a mentor teacher and work directly with students.
Student teaching is the culminating experience of the teacher preparation program at UMF. It provides an opportunity for Education majors to demonstrate their readiness for teacher licensure based on the Maine Teaching Standards. Over the course of this full-time, 16-week experience, student teachers work closely with a mentor teacher and a UMF supervisor, developing their teaching skill set by
progressively increasing the scope of their work until they demonstrate the skills, habits and knowledge of a professional educator.
UMF student working in a practicum.
UMF graduate Steffon Gales (Class of 2019) working in practicum.
Other Types of Experiential Learning Associated with UMF's Teacher Preparation Programs
Project-Based Learning tied to Education Courses
Research on Education Theory and Practice
Volunteering in Elementary or Secondary Schools
Student Teach & Practicum Abroad/Away
UMF hosts Hong Kong exchange students in a two week exchange program (2018).