Arts and Humanities

Concentration in Secondary Education, Arts and Humanities major

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Maine Board of Trustees has eliminated this program. Currently enrolled students with questions should contact the Dean of LAC for more information.


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 Secondary Education in the State of Maine for the following content areas: English, Social Studies or Life Science. For more information on the Secondary Life Science track consult the Natural and Applied Sciences portion of this catalog.

Arts & Humanities/Secondary English

The bachelor of arts major in humanities offers the required courses to obtain secondary teacher certification (Grades 7-12) in English in the State of Maine. Students study humanities, common core, and education courses, and complete a semester of student teaching in their final year. The program enables HUM students to matriculate in a four-year undergraduate program that awards them a bachelor's degree in Arts and Humanities and qualify for a State of Maine teaching certificate. (Total credits 120).

Education Courses: 35 credit hours  
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity 3
LAE 200 Education in the U.S. 4
LAE 320 Applied Skills 4
LAE 402 Teaching English in Grades 7-12 3
LAE 411 Internship in English in Grades 7-12 3
LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar 3
LAE 490 Student Teaching 9
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education 3
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support 3
   
Lewiston Common Core: 24-25 credit hours  
LCC 110/111* College Writing 3-4
LCC 130 Biology of Human Health 4
     or LCC 230 Environmental Science  
LCC 150 Statistics 3
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry 4
LCC 220 U.S. Democracy 3
     or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy  
LCC 250 Thinking About the Arts 3
LCC 370 Global Ethics 4
   
Thematic Cluster Courses: Credits Already Counted 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 Requirements: 18 Credit Hours  
HUM 298 Applied Arts & Humanities 3
HUM 300 Literacy and Cultural Theory 3
HUM 316 New Digital Media Literacies 3
HUM 325 World History & Geography I 3
HUM 350 Cultural Fieldwork 3
HUM 478 Community Research Projects 3
   
Content Elective Courses: 27 credit hours*  
English Content Electives 12
HUM English Content Electives 15
   
General Elective Courses: 16 credit hours  

*English endorsement is obtained by earning at least 24 approved content hours.  Students intending to teach at the high school level are strongly encouraged to earn a total of 36 content hours.  If a student doesn't want/need the additional 12 content hours they may be replaced with general electives.

See note at end of this section on additional requirements of all teacher education students.

Arts & Humanities/Secondary Social Studies

The bachelor of arts major in humanities offers the required courses to obtain secondary teacher certification (Grades 7-12) in Social Studies in the State of Maine. Students study humanities, common core, and education courses, and complete a semester of student teaching in their final year. The program enables HUM students to matriculate in a four-year undergraduate program that awards them a bachelor's degree in Arts and Humanities and qualify for a State of Maine teaching certificate. (Total credits 120).

Education Courses: 35 credit hours  
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity 3
LAE 200 Education in the U.S. 4
LAE 320 Applied Skills 4
LAE 404 Teaching Social Studies in Grades 7-12 3
LAE 412 Internshipin Social Studies in Grades 7-12 3
LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar 3
LAE 490 Student Teaching 9
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education 3
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educational Support 3
   
Lewiston Common Core: 27-28 credit hours  
LCC 110/111 College Writing 3-4
LCC 150 Statistics 3
LCC 130 Biology of Human Health 4
     or LCC 230 Environmental Science  
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry 4
LCC 220* U.S. Democracy 3
LCC 250 Thinking About the Arts 3
LCC 320* Sustaining Democracy 3
LCC 370 Global Ethics 4
   
Thematic Cluster Courses: Credits Already Counted 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 Requirements: 18 Credit Hours  
HUM 298 Applied Arts & Humanities 3
HUM 300 Literacy and Cultural Theory 3
HUM 316 New Digital Media Literacies 3
HUM 325 World History & Geography I 3
HUM 350 Cultural Fieldwork 3
HUM 478 Community Research Projects 3
   
Content Elective Courses: 21 credit hours*  
Social Studies Content Electives 9
HUM Social Studies Content Electives 12
   
General Elective Courses: 15-16 credit hours 15-16
   
Economics Elective: 3 credit hours* 3

* Social Studies endorsement obtained by earning at least 24 approved content hours.  Students intending to teach at the high school level are strongly encouraged to earn a total of 36 content hours.  If a student doesn't want/need the addtional 12 content hours they may be replaced with general electives.

Additional Requirements For All Teacher Education Programs:

  • 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.

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. 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 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed with in the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).