The Special Education program will prepare you to teach students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels, and upon graduation you’ll be eligible for teacher certification in Maine (and other states). Through our intensive, hands-on program, you’ll learn a variety of skills necessary to support the success of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

View this this YouTube video about being a Special Education Teacher

How do I explore Special 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 SED 100 Introduction to Special Education.
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Council for Exceptional Children or Student Education Assoc. of Maine (S.E.A.M.)).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, 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 Special Education? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has a minor in Special Education that is open to Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or Community Health Education with School Health concentration majors.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Special Education include Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, Middle/Secondary Education, Community Health Education/School Health, and Early Childhood Education.

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

Special Education Teachers at every grade level, Educational Technician, School Psychologist Specialist, Resource Room Teacher, ESL Teacher, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Adaptive PE Specialist, Gifted and Talented Teacher, School Administrator, Preschool Teacher, 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 the contact person for this major:  Karen Smith, Education Center room 208, karen.g.smith@maine.edu, 207-778-7178.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office) and include an articulate essay about your desire to be a teacher. You’ll need a grade of C or higher in English Composition, a minimum GPA of 2.75, passing scores on the PRAXIS Core exams, names of two UMF professors and your academic advisor as references, and an interview with one of the professors in the Special Education Department. Submit your application materials to the Kristin Hickey (room 219 Education Center). After submission you will be contacted regarding an interview time and place.

There are no application deadlines; applications for admission into the major are accepted anytime.

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