2014-15 Catalogs

BA in Self-Designed - Classics, Latin Teacher Education K-12 Certification Track


Coordinator: Jeannine Uzzi, 47 Exeter Street, Portland

Students can choose from among two tracks for the self-designed group contract major in classics. The Latin for Teachers track prepares students to teach K-12 Latin.  The Classical Languages track prepares students for graduate study in classics and is especially suited for students who want intensive study in ancient language. 

There is also a Liberal Studies-Classics track for students who value classics and its liberal arts approach to education and who wish to explore the ancient world and the classical tradition from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines.  See Liberal Studies for additional information on this option.

The curriculum for the Latin for Teachers track of the Classics degree is designed to provide prospective teachers a strong academic foundation in Latin along with a continuous focus on both the theory and practice of teaching through a sequence of pre- internship education courses and field experiences.

Students completing the 120-hour degree will have satisfied the USM Core Curriculum and the Latin Major as well as liberal arts courses required for initial teacher certification. Graduates are eligible for recommendation for K-12 teacher certification in Maine.

Course Requirements

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108-Culture, Identity and Education (recommended) (3 cr)
  • EDU 100 Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr)
  • College Writing-ENG 100 (3 cr)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr)
  • Quantitative (4cr)
  • Creative Expression (3cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration- (4 cr)
  • Ethics- EDU 310: Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy recommended (3 cr)
  • Education Cluster (9 cr):
    • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support
Latin/Classics Requirements

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) for the self-designed Latin for Teachers track is 41 credits. For grade requirements, please refer to the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures section of this catalog.

  • Language and Literature
    • Latin (LAT): 101, 102, 251, 310, 470 (or 23 credits of LAT)
    • CLA 171 (Etymology for Everyone), 3 credits
    • CLA 410 (Capstone Experience in Classics with significant work in Latin), 3 credits
  • History and Civilization
    • CLA 285 (Classical Mythology), 3 credits
    • CLA 292 (Rome: Republic to Empire) or HTY 304 (History of Rome), 3 credits
  • Electives
    • Two additional courses (6-8 credits) from among the following on Greek culture or language: ARH/CLA 321, CLA 283, CLA 292, CLA 384, HTY 303, PHI 310, POS 390, or any course in ancient Greek (GRE).
Professional Education Internship Year Requirements ( 18 cr)
  • EDU 441 Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr)
  • EDU 442 Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr)
  • EDU 503 Methods of Teaching Foreign Language (3 cr)
  • EDU 413 Professional Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr)

Students must complete elective credit to complete the 120 credit hour degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level (grades 6-8), it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, mathematics, life or physical science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Those students interested in teaching high school may want to use their elective credits to bolster their content knowledge by taking additional courses in their major discipline and related fields. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.

Other Requirements:

Acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts in Latin / K-12 Teacher Certification Track is contingent upon admission to USM and successful completion of the University's writing and mathematics proficiency requirements. Other acceptance criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA and experience working with children. No more than 60 credits can be transferred into the program.

Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement. Minimum academic requirements are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis I and II exams, and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

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). 

 Students who fail to meet any of the academic or professional requirements of this track of the major must withdraw from this track though they may still complete all requirements for the B.A. in Classics without certification.