SECONDARY EDUCATION


The University of Maine at Farmington has earned a reputation for producing some of the finest teachers in New England. The many opportunities to work and learn in real-world classrooms, the liberal arts foundation in the content you will teach, and the fact that all courses are taught by full-time faculty are just a few of the factors that have led to UMF being recognized as a leader in the field of Education.

For a full description of each area of concentration, visit the UMF catalog:

How do I explore Secondary Education at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in EDU 102 Experiences of Schooling and EDU 103 Diversity and Social Justice Education (both are 2 credit courses). (Permission from the department is needed before enrolling in these courses; contact Lori Soucie at 207-778-7040 for more information.)
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, S.E.A.M Student Education Association of Maine, or organizations related to content areas).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in Secondary Education? Are there related majors at UMF?

While there is no minor in Secondary Education, students can minor in related content areas, for example, History, Biology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, etc. Click here for more information.  Majors related to Secondary Education include Community Health Education/Teaching Concentration, Elementary Education, Special Education 7-12, World Language Education, and related content areas.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Classroom Teachers in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, Adult Education Teacher, Technology Integrator, High School Principal, Principal, Superintendent, Guidance Counselor, Educational Assistant, Director of Business Support, Career Counselor, JMG Specialist, Reading Teacher, and Youth Services Associate.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Education Administrator, Education Technician, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Professor, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How to I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with a contact person for this major:  Dr. Theresa Overall, Education Center room 220, theresa.overall@maine.edu, 207-778-7049 or Dr. Clarissa Thompson, Education Center room 212, clarissa.thompson@maine.edu, 207-778-7192.

To apply to the major, contact Kristin Hickey in the Education Center (room 219) to request information.  Applications are recommended by March 1 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment. The application must include proof of passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test, an essay describing your interest in becoming a teacher, and a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office). Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher to be considered for this major.


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