Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Our Program Options

ETEP student-teacher and high school student.The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) prepares graduates for initial teacher certification in either Elementary (K-8) or Secondary (7-12) education, and leads to a Master of Science in Education (MSEd).

Our program is ideally suited for:

  • Those with bachelor’s degrees who would like to to enter the field of teaching.
  • Professionals who are passionate about teaching and are seeking a career change.
  • Current educational technicians who would like to advance their careers.

Program Benefits

  • Pathway options to meet your schedule and career needs:
    • Our 9-Month Pathway is the most accelerated teacher certification program in the state of Maine.
    • Our 2-Year Pathway offers a flexible schedule.
  • More student-teaching experience: We offer twice as much classroom experience as most other teacher preparation programs.
  • Strong school partnerships: The University was founded upon the needs of Maine schools. We’re proud of our relationships with local districts, and we’re responsive to their needs, which means they love hosting our student teachers — and hiring our alumni.
  • High job placement rates and career preparation: Because of our strong school partnerships, Maine districts frequently hire ETEP alumni. As you near the end of your studies, we host resume-development and interview-skills workshops; as well as job fairs and alumni networking opportunities.
  • Unparalleled support: During your student-teaching internship, you’ll receive guidance from a network of education professionals. You’ll also progress through your student-teaching internship along with your peers.

Certification Areas

Through ETEP, you can qualify for certification to teach in either elementary (K-8) or secondary (7-12) schools.

  • The Elementary Teacher Education certification area qualifies you to teach elementary school (K-5) and middle school (6-8).
  • You’ll gain student-teaching experience in two grade levels.
  • If you’re interested in teaching middle school, you may also consider certification for Secondary Teacher Education.

To view the course requirements visit the catalog.

  • The Secondary Teacher Education certification area qualifies you to teach middle school (7-8) and high school (9-12) in one of the following content areas:
    • English
    • Life Science
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Science
    • Social Studies
    • World Languages
  • You’ll gain student-teaching experience in two grade levels.
  • If you’re interested in teaching middle school, you may also consider certification for Elementary Teacher Education.

To view the course requirements visit the catalog.

Each year, there are statewide and nationwide shortages of teachers in specific content areas. Obtaining certification in one of these Teacher Shortage Areas can lead to higher job placement rates.

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) will be proposing the following as K-12 teacher shortage areas for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Early Elementary (K-3)
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher – Severe Impaired
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Health
  • English – Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Physical Science
  • Industrial Arts / Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Gifted/Talented
  • CTE (Firefighter/EMT, Automotive Mechanics, Truck, Automotive Body Repair, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Carpentry, Marine Maintenance, Electrician, Computer Info Services, Machine Toll Oper/Shop, Weld Braze Solder, Building Maintenance, Plumbing, Agricultural Prod. Gen, Allied Health, Nursing Asst., Law Enforcement, Forestry Prod & Proc., Food Production Manager, Child Care/Guidance, Business Admin/Manager)

Learn more about Teacher Shortage Areas.

About the 9-Month Pathway

  • Program delivery:
    • The program begins in mid-August and ends the following May.
    • You’ll attend the program full-time; engaging in student-teaching during the morning and some afternoons, and attending teacher preparation courses in the afternoon and evening.
    • Courses are held on both our Gorham and Portland campuses, with some class meetings held online.
  • Your schedule and employment: During this time-intensive program, students do not have time to remain employed — neither on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Teacher certification: Upon completion of the 9-Month Pathway, you’ll be qualified for teacher certification through the Maine Department of Education.

August

Before your student-teaching internship begins, you’ll complete two, week-long, courses on our Gorham campus and engage in a team-building day with your fellow ETEP students.  

  • Teacher preparation courses: 6 credit hours.

Fall Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in your student-teaching internship for roughly 25 hours each week, including five mornings and three afternoons in the classroom.
  • Teacher preparation courses: 18 credit hours, including the 3-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held two afternoons each week.

Spring Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in your student-teaching internship for roughly 40 hours each week, including five mornings and five afternoons in the classroom.
  • Teacher preparation courses: 12 credit hours, including the 3-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held two-to-three evenings each week.

August

Before your student-teaching internship begins, you’ll complete two, week-long, courses on our Gorham campus and engage in a team-building day with your fellow ETEP students.  

  • Teacher preparation courses: 6 credit hours.

Fall Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in your student-teaching internship for roughly 25 hours each week, including five mornings and three afternoons in the classroom.
  • Teacher preparation courses: 18 credit hours, including the 3-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held two afternoons each week.

Spring Semester

  • Student-teaching: You’ll engage in your student-teaching internship for roughly 40 hours each week, including five mornings and five afternoons in the classroom.
  • Teacher preparation courses: 12 credit hours, including the 3-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held two-to-three evenings each week.

Our 9-Month Pathway qualifies you for teacher certification, and with the completion of two research courses you’ll also earn your Master of Science in Education (MSEd).

Many students studying in the 9-Month Pathway choose to focus on earning their teacher certification and securing a teaching position, and then continue their education to earn their degree by completing the two research courses within five years.

After completing the pathway and earning your teacher certification, you have five years to complete the final two research courses required for the MSEd:

  • EDU 600 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDU 643 Inquiry in Education (3 credits)

About the 2-Year Pathway

  • Program delivery:
    • The flexible 2-Year Pathway allows you to extend your first student-teaching internship out over the course of three semesters. During your fourth and final semester, you’ll complete a second, intensive student-teaching internship.
    • You’ll begin your studies with content methods courses as well as experience in the classroom.
    • Courses are held in the afternoons and evenings on both our Gorham and Portland campuses, with some class meetings held online.
  • Your schedule and employment: Students studying in the 2-Year Pathway generally have time to remain employed on a part-time basis. Those employed as education technicians in their area of certification may be able to maintain full-time employment for the first three semesters.
  • Teacher certification: Upon completion of the 2-Year Pathway, you’ll be qualified for teacher certification through the Maine Department of Education.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in classroom experience for 6-9 hours each week, which can include mornings or afternoons depending on the school district and grade level.  
  • Teacher preparation courses: 10 credit hours, including a 1-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held during the afternoons and evenings.

Spring Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in classroom experience for 6-9 hours each week, which can include mornings or afternoons depending on the school district and grade level.   
  • Teacher preparation courses: 7 credit hours, including a 1-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held during the afternoons and evenings.

Year 2

During your second year, you’ll join a cohort of fellow students. During August, we host a team-building day, offering an opportunity to connect with the other members of your cohort.

August
Before your student-teaching internship begins, you’ll complete two, week-long, courses on our Gorham campus.

  • Teacher preparation courses: 6 credit hours.

Fall Semester

  • Student-teaching: You’ll engage in classroom experience for 6-9 hours each week, which can include mornings or afternoons depending on the school district and grade level.   
  • Teacher preparation courses: 7 credit hours, including a 1-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held during the afternoons and evenings.

Spring Semester

  • Student-teaching: You’ll engage in your student-teaching internship for roughly 40 hours each week, including five mornings and five afternoons in the classroom.
  • Teacher preparation courses: 6 credit hours, including a 3-credit internship.
    • You’ll complete your final teacher preparation course in the evening.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • Student-teaching: You’ll engage in classroom experience for 6-9 hours each week, which can include mornings or afternoons depending on the school district and grade level.    
  • Teacher preparation courses: 7 credit hours, including a 1-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held during the afternoons and evenings.

Spring Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in classroom experience for 6-9 hours each week, which can include mornings or afternoons depending on the school district and grade level.    
  • Teacher preparation courses: 7 credit hours, including a 1-credit internship.
    • Class meetings are held during the afternoons and evenings.

Year 2

During your second year, you’ll join a cohort of fellow students. During August, we host a team-building day, offering an opportunity to connect with the other members of your cohort.

August
Before your student-teaching internship begins, you’ll complete two, week-long, courses on our Gorham campus.

  • Teacher preparation courses: 6 credit hours.

Fall Semester

  • Student-teaching: You’ll engage in classroom experience for 6-9 hours each week, which can include mornings or afternoons depending on the school district and grade level.   
  • Teacher preparation courses: 7 credit hours, including a 1-credit internship.  
    • Class meetings are held during the afternoons and evenings.

Spring Semester

  • Student teaching: You’ll engage in your student-teaching internship for roughly 40 hours each week, including five mornings and five afternoons in the classroom.
  • Teacher preparation courses: 6 credit hours, including a 3-credit internship.  
    • You’ll complete your final teacher preparation courses, with class meetings held during the afternoons and evenings.

Our 2-Year Pathway qualifies you for teacher certification, and with the completion of two research courses you’ll also earn your Master of Science in Education (MSEd).

While some students studying in our 2-Year Pathway choose to complete the research courses during their 2 years of study, to earn both their teacher certification and master’s degree at the end of the program, we encourage students to first secure a teaching position, and complete the degree within five years.

After completing the pathway and earning your teacher certification, you have five years to complete the final two research courses required for the MSEd:

  • EDU 600 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDU 643 Inquiry in Education (3 credits)

Questions?

We would love to tell you more about the benefits of ETEP. Contact our Academic Advisor with your questions.

Learn More

View Program Requirements in our Course Catalog.