Arts and Humanities

Concentration in Elementary Education, Arts and Humanities major

This innovative program is available to students majoring in Arts & Humanities or Natural & Applied Sciences. Upon successful completion of this 120 credit hour program students earn their bachelor's degree as well as certification to teach K-8 General Elementary in the State of Maine. For more information on the K-8 Natural and Applied Sciences track consult that portion of this catalog.

Arts & Humanities/K-8 General Elementary
Education Courses: 50 credit hours 
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity3
LAE 200 Education in the U.S.4
LAE 320 Applied Skills4
LAE 405 Teaching Math K-83
LAE 451 Teaching Social Studies K-83
LAE 452 Teaching Science K-83
LAE 465 Teaching Reading K-83
LAE 466 Teaching Writing in Grades K-83
LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar3
LAE 490 Student Teaching9
MAT 242 Applied Problem Solving3
SBS 200 Human Growth and Development3
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education3
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support3
  
Lewiston Common Core: 24-25 credit hours 
LCC 110/111 College Writing3-4
LCC 130 Biology of Human Health4
     or LCC 230 Environmental Science 
LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decisions3
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry4
LCC 220 U.S. Democracy3
     or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy 
LCC 250 Thinking About the Arts3
LCC 370 Toward Global Ethics4
  
Thematic Cluster Courses: (Already counted in total above) 
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity 
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education 
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support 
  
HUM Electives: 21 credit hours 
15 credit hours must be at 300 level or higher. 
  
English Content Electives: 3 credit hours 
Any course that meets State of Maine English content requirements. If 3 credits of HUM electives meet English content requirements then this course may be replaced with a general elective.
  
Social Studies Content Electives: 3 credit hours 
Any course that meets State of Maine Social Studies content requirements. If 3 credits of HUM electives meet Social Studies content requirements then this course may be replaced with a general elective. 
  
Science Content Elective: 3 credit hours 
Any course that meets State of Maine Science content requirements. Recommended course is SCI 150 Physics and Biomechanics.
  
General Electives: 15-16 credit hours 

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Before Beginning Year Two:
    • Passing Praxis I: Reading, Writing, Mathematics
    • Submit formal application to teacher education program
    • TK20 activation
    • Complete NETS-S Assessment
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and maintain minimum GPA of 3.0 through rest of program.
    • Must pass fingerprinting and background check.
  • Before Beginning Year Four:
    • Passing Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge
    • Demonstrate NETS-S Standards
    • Successful completion of LAE 200, LAE 320, EDU 305, SED 335, and SED 420 with a B or better.
    • Complete candidacy application process
  • Program Completion:
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0  Core and major coursework require a grade of C or better. Professional education coursework require a grade of B or better.
    • Demonstration of NETS-T standards and InTASC standards, successful completion of program and major requirements.

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TK20 Requirements:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an educator preparation program or pathway at USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. Tk20 fee is considered a “cost of attendance” for students in USM’s educator preparation programs and pathways and will be eligible for consideration as part of costs for loan purposes. The subscription costs $125 and allows students to access and use the system across the areas of assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. In addition to these areas, educator preparation programs and pathways use the system for program review and accreditation. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation  

The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have extremely challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation).  Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs.