A UMF Graduate Certificate in Education program typically requires a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 graduate credit hours.
All courses for a specific Graduate Certificate in Education program must be taken through the University of Maine at Farmington. No credits can be met through testing, transfer of credits, or through life experience or previous work experience. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the UMF Associate Provost and Dean of Education.
Method of Instruction
The University of Maine at Farmington delivers its graduate courses in a number of ways: face-to-face, distance or online, and as hybrid courses combining face-to-face and online instruction. Any of these methods may also be used to deliver UMF Graduate Education Certificate program courses.
Those interested in a UMF Graduate Certificate in Education program must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
- Applicants must have at least two (2) years of teaching experience for Administration Certificate.
Enrollment in a Graduate Certificate in Education program requires:
- Completion of the Intent to Participate Form
- Enrollment in an applicable Certificate Program course.Some Certificate Programs require the sequencing of courses; in such instances, participants will be required to take the courses in the specified sequence.
Note: Completion of a Graduate Certificate in Education does not guarantee admission into a UMF Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) program.
Grading and Transcripts
No graduate course within the UMF Graduate Education Certificate program can be taken as a Pass / Fail, and satisfactory completion of a specific Certificate program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for courses within the certificate program, with no more than one C (2.00). A grade of C- is not acceptable. If a C- or below is earned in a course, the participant will be required to re-take the course to raise the grade or be dropped from that particular Certificate program.
Even though UMF Graduate Education Certificate programs are not degree‐bearing, they will be designated on your official transcript.
Grades for each course taken as part of a Certificate program will appear on a student’s transcript. When the total Certificate coursework is completed, the Certificate title and date of award will be indicated on your transcript, as well.
Course Sequencing and Certificate Completion
The cluster of courses required for a graduate certificate program must be completed within a specified time period, based upon the number of courses within the certificate program, typically no more than three years. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses within a certificate program in consecutive semesters, since many certificate programs will require a sequencing of courses, and UMF reserves the right to cancel courses and certificate programs at any time due to low enrollments or other conditions affecting enrollment or instruction.
Upon enrollment in the first course of a certificate program, participants will be requested to complete a form indicating their intent to participate in the full certificate program. That commitment will be used to determine the date/semester that an individual enters the certificate program.
Relationship to UMF’s Master’s Degree Programs
Completion of a graduate Certificate program does not guarantee admission into any UMF Master’s degree program. Anyone seeking admission to UMF’s M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program or M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood program must still formally apply for admission to the program.
Note: Acceptance of UMF Graduate Education Certificate course credits may apply to UMF’s M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership. This decision will be made by the Director of Graduate Programs in Education. Certificate course credits are not accepted as electives in the M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood program.
Financial Aid and Student Financial Accounts
Students in UMF Graduate Education Certificate programs are not eligible for financial assistance unless they are simultaneously accepted and enrolled into a degree program.
Financial Aid, in the form of loans only, may be available to students enrolled in a master’s degree program, if approved by UMF’s Student Financial Aid Office. Contact Financial Aid at 207-778-7100 for more information.
Students who have holds on their University of Maine System accounts, placed by UMF or any other University of Maine System institution, are ineligible to enroll in a UMF Graduate Education Certificate program unless, and until, the hold is lifted by the originating institution.
Other Graduate Certificate Policies
It is the responsibility of all students participating in UMF Graduate Education Certificate programs to become familiar with all academic policies that apply to these programs.