University of Maine at Farmington Teacher Education Unit

Caring Teachers, Competent Educators & Collaborative Professional Leaders

UMFOne of only three nationally accredited teacher preparation programs in Maine, UMF’s undergraduate teacher education programs have a long tradition of preparing highly qualified candidates to teach in Maine and beyond.


Certification Programs Offered in Six Fields:

Additionally, UMF offers a minor in Special Education and a certificate program in English Language Learning.

Maine's 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year, Shannon Shanning '00, a UMF Public Health and Special Education graduate. She is a Special Education teacher at the Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, Maine. Shannon was the first special education teacher to ever receive the Maine Teacher of the Year award.Since 2006, seven Maine Teacher of the Year recipients have been graduates of teacher preparation programs at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Three UMF graduates including one secondary education major were selected as Fulbright ambassadors in 2016.  


Teacher Education Undergraduate Candidates

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Affordability, Retention, Loan Default Rates, and Net Price Calculator

College Navigator – University of Maine at Farmington: Data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics about affordability, retention, and loan default rates of UMF graduates

College Scorecard – University of Maine at Farmington: Similar data to College Navigator in a visual format

Teaching in Maine

Becoming a teacher opens the door for employment across the United States and beyond. Graduates from the University of Maine at Farmington can be found in most New England states, in Florida, California, and as far afield as South Korea! Information about where our graduates teach, and the average salary for teachers, can be found on the following pages:

Teaching Salary Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where UMF Graduates Teach