Teacher Certification


Welcome to the USM Teacher Education program! With an historic dedication to teacher education dating back to 1878, the School of Education & Human Development, in partnership with colleges throughout the university, offers students the opportunity to earn a teaching certifcate while still pursuing their specific major and academic goals.

How it Works
Undergraduate Teacher Education

USM undergraduate students pursue their major through a college, and then choose the content area for their teaching based on the major. The colleges that offer this teacher education option are Lewiston-Auburn; Management and Human Service; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science, Technology and Health.

In addition to completing the major, students also take the courses defined by their content area. This includes introduction to education, teaching methods, and student teaching. Students identify early in their major if they also want to pursue teacher certification.  At the end of the student's undergraduate career at USM, he or she will have a bachelor's degree, major, and teacher certification in a content area related to their major.

How it Works
Graduate Teacher Education

At the graduate level students complete both teacher certification in a specific content area and a master's degree. Prospective students apply to the M.S. in Abilities and Disabilities Studies: Teaching Students with Mild to Severe Disabilities for special education or the M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning: ETEP for the other content areas. English as Second Language is offered as an endorsement for those who already have teacher certification in another content area.