Why UMF for middle/secondary education?

UMF’s tradition of high quality programs for educators began in 1864 when the first public college for teachers in Maine opened in Farmington. The college has seen many transformations since then, but still offers the best teacher education in Maine.

Recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” UMF offers all the advantages of a small college alongside the opportunities of a large university. Classes are small and professors are highly accessible. Your voice will be hears at UMF, and your program will be individualized to meet your particular needs. Small as UMF is, the resources of the entire seven-campus University of Maine System are at your disposal.

Alongside the diversity of resources comes a diverse student body. Students from all over Maine, New England, and beyond enjoy the company of a thriving community of students from countries around the world. You will find many of your classmates have returned to school after many years of work, bringing with them the richness of their experience.

All these students and resources are gathered in a location renowned for its beauty and recreational opportunity – a short ride from world-class skiing, remote hiking trails, and both lake and river water sports. On campus, you are a 5-minute walk from the shops, movie theater and restaurants of Farmington.

None of this would matter if UMF were not also affordable. UMF offers the best in education and location, but is still within reach of most budgets. For those students who need an extra boost, an extensive financial aid program ensures UMF is accessible to all.

As a science teacher in middle or high school, your influence on students will be critical to their personal and working lives as well as to the welfare of a society increasingly dependent on technology.

Planning to major in secondary education/science?

What inspired you to love science? A parent? Programs on public television? Chances are, it was one – or several – teachers. As a science teacher in middle or high school, you will do the same for another generation of students. The inspiration you provide will be critical to their personal and working lives as well as to the welfare of a society increasingly dependent on technology.

Because UMF is nationally accredited, a degree in secondary education with a concentration in science will make you eligible to teach in Maine, many other states, and Washington, D.C. You will join a profession expected to experience shortages of qualified applicants over the next decade, with 1.3 million anticipated education job openings throughout the country. UMF’s career placement office and faculty can help you get the teaching job you want.

You will have three choices for a science concentration at UMF: biology or physical science. (There are three choices for an emphasis area within the physical sciece concentration, these include physics, chemistry or earth and space science). The strength of your program derives from the quality of the individual departments. UMF is known in Maine not only as the premiere college for teachers, but also as the most competitive liberal arts campus of the University of Maine System. Your degree will certify that your education was well-rounded and rigorous.

When will you start teaching?

Many secondary education majors begin teaching their first year by tutoring other students on campus or volunteering in area schools. Others wait until their sophomore or junior years, when field experiences built into their classes take them into local classrooms. All secondary education majors are student teachers during their final year, working in both middle and high school classrooms. You will teach alongside an expert teacher and receive support from a UMF teaching supervisor. Most graduates regard their supervised student teaching as a high point of their years at UMF.

Here’s a sample of some of the courses you may take if you major in this program:

  • Education Practicum and Seminar in Middle/Secondary Education
  • Natural History and Environmental Education
  • Middle/Secondary Science Education
  • General Zoology
  • General Botany
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • General Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Earth History
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology and Petrography
  • Introductory Statistics
  • General Physics
  • Marine Biology
  • Descriptive Astronomy

Click here for a complete listing of required courses for a Biology concentration.

Click here for a complete listing of required courses for a Physical Science concentration.