Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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

The curriculum for this 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)
Electives:

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. 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 $103 subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. 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 The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation). Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs.

 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.