Early Childhood Education

The Maine Certification office offers an endorsement for Early Childhood Teacher (Birth-5). The Mental Health and Human Services program at UMA offers the coursework needed to apply for this endorsement. Student teaching is not required for Early Childhood teachers. A complete listing of Maine Department of Education Certificates and Endorsements is included in Chapter 115 Part II available at the Maine DOE website.  

Below is a chart that shows the courses that fulfill the MDOE requirements. In addition, applicants for this endorsement must pass 
  • 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 that three points lower than the required scores. Required scores: Reading: 176; Writing: 175; Mathematics: 175
  •  PRAXIS II : Test code 5021(computer)/ 0021 (paper). Qualifying score: 166
Endorsement 081: Early Childhood Teacher

Prerequisite: PSY 100

MDOE required courses     UMA courses
(3 credits)Teaching early childhood special educationHUS 363 Young children with special needs
(3 credits)Language development and early literacyHUS 362/PSY 363 Language and literacy for young children
(3 credits)Numeracy for the young childHUS 327E Mathematics for young children
(3 credits)Science for the young childHUS 329 Science and the project
(3 credits)Child development or developmental psychologyPSY 302 Psychology of childhood
(3 credits)Infant/toddler developmentHUS 160 Perspectives on infants, toddlers, and young children
(6 credits) Two of the following:
Creative arts
Family studies
Observation of the young child
Assessment of the young child
Social studies of the young child
Advanced child development
Early learning environments
Additional early literacy
HUS 328 Creative development and art for young children
HUS 261 Early childhood curriculum: Early learning environments
(3 credits) Children’s literatureEDU 336 - Young Adult and Children's Literature (from UMA)