Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)


Students in classroom.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).

We offer two pathways to teacher certification:

  • 9-Month Pathway: The most accelerated teacher preparation program in the state of Maine.
  • 2-Year Pathway: Offers the same courses and student-teaching experience as the 9-Month Pathway, with a more flexible schedule.

Future-Focused: Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century

We are dedicated to promoting equity and excellence in education for all of Maine’s K-12 students. Our graduates develop skills for engaging diverse learners while meeting the rigorous standards of the modern classroom.   

We pair an intensive student-teaching internship with evidence-based professional knowledge, ensuring that our students have a highly-practical, authentic, and well-supported educational experience.

As the field of teaching techniques and standards evolves, we are proactive and responsive to addressing mandates and trends.

The University’s Teacher Education History

The University of Southern Maine’s (USM's) reputation for excellence in education programs was established with the founding of our original predecessor institution, the Gorham Normal School, in 1878.

We developed ETEP in collaboration with southern Maine school districts in 1990. The vitality and relevancy of our program are enhanced through our long-standing school partnerships.

Dedicated Faculty

Here, you’ll study with faculty who have extensive experience as practicing educators in K-12 schools. Our faculty are deeply invested in student success — they coordinate student-teaching internships, guide progress toward teaching standards, and support professional development and career planning.

As a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program, our faculty are also actively engaged in research in areas such as equity in the classroom, pedagogy, and educational policy.

Our Alumni: A Community of Lifelong Learners

When you study through ETEP, you join a network of committed education professionals.

Our alumni have been nationally recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence as well as the National Educator Award, and many have earned National Board Teacher Certification. They are frequently nominated for Maine Teacher of the Year, and many go on to serve in K-12 leadership roles.

National Accreditation and State Approval

The University’s educator preparation programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Accreditation through CAEP certifies that our students gain expertise in the curriculum they’ll teach and that upon program completion, they enter the classroom as effective educators.

ETEP is also approved by the Maine State Board of Education and the Maine Department of Education, recognizing that we strive for continuous improvement and utilize the outcomes of new knowledge, practices, and technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, our students must meet the Maine Department of Education and InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Model Core Teaching Standards. Our Learning Outcomes are aligned with these standards.