Elementary Education

The University of Maine at Augusta provides a pathway to an Elementary Teacher endorsement (K-8) in partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Students enroll in either a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies or in an Interdisciplinary degree at UMA. Those in a BALS program declare a self-designed minor for Elementary Education. Those in an Interdisciplinary degree program declare a "major" in Elementary Education with concentrations in two other areas of study. UMPI provides online education courses that fulfill the State of Maine's certification requirements as well as an internship in student teaching. Students take at least 15 credits of UMPI education coursework through UMA in order to quality for the 15 credit student teaching internship. UMA provides the rest of the course work for the chosen degree.

UMA/UMPI Pathway to Elementary Education Certification Advising Guide  (For Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies)

Self-designed Minor for Elementary Education Form  (For Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies)
These check sheets indicate the course work one needs to complete in order to receive a degree in Liberal Studies and in order to be eligible for Maine teacher certification.

  • Enroll in the degree program. (Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies with a self-designed minor in Elementary Education or Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Elementary Education with two self-selected areas of concentration - checksheet for the Interdisciplinary option will be posted soon)

  • Complete PRAXIS I. Applicants for initial teacher certification must achieve a composite score of 526 in the three sections of the PPST/PRAXIS I with no single score being more than three points lower than the required scores. Required scores: Reading: 176; Writing: 175; Mathematics: 175 (Have scores sent to UMA and UMPI)
  • Begin portfolio.(Documents should be added as you progress through courses.)
  • It is strongly recommended that students complete six credit hours in each of the following: liberal arts English, liberal arts mathematics, liberal arts science, and liberal arts social studies (8 courses total) before proceeding to upper level Education courses (These liberal arts courses are required by the Maine Certification Rules for Elementary Teacher Endorsement).
  • NOTE: While it is not required for those in the Liberal Arts degree pathway, it is highly recommended that students enroll in an introductory education course such as EDU 250 Foundations of Education in order to better understand these recommendations and to begin building the required teacher portfolio.
UMPI Education Courses Offering Sequence
Use this guide to help you schedule these required courses. They fill up quickly. You will want to register for the courses you need as soon as registration becomes available.
EDU 351 Teaching Elementary Reading
EDU 366 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
EDU 387 Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Classrooms

EDU 357 Children's Literature
EDU 361 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
EDU 371 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

NOTE: 15 of the 18 required methods credits have to be taken at UMPI. Students can take one course from another campus. 
Courses in Children's Literature (EDU 366)  and Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (EDU 387) will be available online through UMA beginning Spring 2013.

  • Pass PRAXIS I.  Attempt or pass PRAXIS II. (Test code 5014. Minimum score 145) Have scores sent to UMA and UMPI
  • Complete portfolio. (This does not get sent to Jack Stewart. You will take this with you to your student teaching position to share with your mentor teacher and University supervisor)
  • Complete all education courses, 15 credits of which must be UMPI courses.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at UMPI and a 2.0 GPA at UMA.
  • Complete fingerprinting requirement
  •  Apply to UMPI (jack.stewart@umpi.edu  207.768.9430 - the semester before you wish to student teach.)  
  • Application package should include 
    • the application form including the check list
    • one "hard copy" of an autobiography (information on tab to left)
    • one hard copy of your "Academic History by Subject" listing from MaineStreet
    • two letters of recommendation
    • one hard copy of your field placement log (from Self-initiated Field Experience)
    • your PRAXIS I passing scores
    • evidence of having passed or attempted PRAXIS II.
    • evidence of MDOE fingerprinting and criminal check
  • Submit an electronic copy of your autobiography and Academic History by Subject electronically to jack.stewart@umpi.edu, using the word "Bio" in the subject line:
  • DUE DATE: SEPTEMBER 30 (for spring), JANUARY 31 (for fall).

  • Complete baccalaureate degree completing UMA BALIB essential requirements.(see check sheet)
  • Receive a passing score on student teaching practicum.
  • An application for certification can be obtained at the MDOE Certification website. NOTE: You can begin a file with MDOE at any time during your pathway work but note that there may be a time limit for completing your licensure exams and degree program.