To apply to the University of Maine at Farmington M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood program please submit the following:

1.  M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Application (pdf) (Please download, complete, and return via email or regular mail)

Application Due Dates

  • August 10 for Fall
  • January 5 for Spring
  • April 10 for Summer

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be considered when complete. Students may enroll in some courses as a non-matriculated student prior to acceptance into the program.

2.  Official Transcripts of all undergraduate degree(s) and all graduate work. Please have official transcripts sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Maine at Farmington
111 South Street
Farmington, ME 04938

This office can obtain all UM System school transcripts (UMA, UMF, UMFK, UMM, UM, UMPI, and USM).

3.  Two letters of recommendation (excluding any from family members):

  • One from current administrator, program director, or program owner. If you are a director or owner, include a recommendation from an early childhood professional colleague.
  • One of the applicant’s choosing (can include a recommendation from a former employer or university faculty).

4.  A nonrefundable application fee of $60 made out to: UMF Office of Graduate Studies.

5.  Graduate-level transfer credits: If you are requesting that graduate-level coursework be transferred from another institution into this UMF Master’s program, in addition to your transcript you must submit the syllabi for each course you would like considered for transfer. The transfer credits must have been earned from an accredited institution, within five years prior to admission, and with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent). Students are required to provide course descriptions and syllabi of transfer credits to determine appropriateness for the program. Graduate credits applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the master’s degree. 

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree and access to active programs for children and families in order to complete field experiences, including research projects.
  • A baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university.* OR
  • A baccalaureate degree in a non-related field, or in an education field outside of the early childhood years. These applicants must provide a clear rationale for relevant preparation to enter the Early Childhood program at advanced level of study. The rationale may include a summary of work with children and families in Birth to Eight programs.

* Note: a foreign degree must be validated by World Educational Services, Center for Educational Documentation, Inc., or other appropriate agency. The decision to accept the degree is made on a case-by-case basis by the UMF Director of Graduate Programs in Education.

Admission Criteria

  • The quality of the admission essay will be evaluated for content and professional writing style, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.
  • Satisfactory recommendations should address personal characteristics and skills relative to Early Childhood Education and the potential for successful graduate study.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (A GPA of 3.0 or a grade of B or better must be recorded for any graduate course to be transferred into the program.)

Admission Decisions

Only completed applications will be reviewed. Admission decisions are made by the UMF Graduate Admission Committee on a rolling basis until the enrollment cap is reached. Applications received after that point will be considered for the next available term.

  • August 10th for Fall Semester
  • January 5th for Spring Semester
  • April 10th for Summer Semester

Application Notes

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or newer required to complete application form. Download Adobe Acrobat 7.
  • It is recommended you use Internet Explorer or Firefox, as the “Submit” button does not currently work in Chrome. If you have difficulty submitting your application online, save the completed application to your desktop and email it to us as an attachment:

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Maine at Farmington
Theo Kalikow Education Center
186 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
tel 207-778-7502
fax 207-778-8134
TDD/TYY 207-778-7000

Mailing address:
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Maine at Farmington
111 South Street
Farmington, Maine 04938