Natural and Applied Sciences

Concentration in Elementary Education, Natural and Applied Sciences major

This innovative program is available to students majoring in Arts & Humanities or Natural & Applied Sciences. Upon successful completion of this 120 credit hour program students earn their bachelor's degree as well as certification to teach K-8 General Elementary in the State of Maine. For more information on the K-8 Arts & Humanities track consult that portion of this catalog or contact Admissions at or the Program Director Dr. Paul Caron at 207-753-6549 or

Natural & Applied Sciences/K-8 General Elementary
Education Courses: 50 credit hours  
EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity 3
LAE 200 Education in the U.S. 4
LAE 320 Applied Skills 4
LAE 405 Teaching Math in Grades K-8 3
LAE 451 Teaching Social Studies in Grades K-8 3
LAE 452 Teaching Science in Grades K-8 3
LAE 465 Teaching Reading in Grades K-8 3
LAE 466 Teaching Writing in Grades K-8 3
LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar 3
LAE 490 Student Teaching 9
MAT 242 Applied Problem Solving 3
HRD 200 Human Growth and Development 3
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education 3
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems for Educational Support 3
Lewiston Common Core: 24-25 credit hours  
LCC 110/111 College Writing 3-4
LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decisions 3
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry 4
LCC 220 U.S. Democracy 3
     Or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy  
LCC 230 Environmental Science 4
LCC 250 Thinking About the Arts 3
LCC 370 Toward Global Ethics 4
NAS Requirements: 29 credit hours  
SCI 105/106 Biological Principles I 4.5
SCI 107 Biological Principles II 4.5
SCI 113/114 Chemistry I 4
SCI 115/116 Chemistry II 4
SCI 150 Physics and Biomechanics 3
SCI 170/171 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.5
SCI 240 Applied Botany 4.5
English Content Elective: 3 credit hours  
Any course that meets State of Maine English content requirements.  
Science Elective: 4 credit hours  
Any science course with lab.  
Social Studies Content Elective: 3 credit hours  
Any course that meets State of Maine Social Studies content requirements.  
General Electives: 6-7 credit hours  

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Before Beginning Year Two:
    • Passing Praxis I: Reading, Writing, Mathematics
    • Submit formal application to teacher education program
    • TK20 activation
    • Complete NETS-S Assessment
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and maintain minimum GPA of 3.0 through rest of program.
    • Must pass fingerprinting and background check.
  • Before Beginning Year Four:
    • Passing Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge
    • Demonstrate NETS-S Standards
    • Successful completion of LAE 200, LAE 320, EDU 305, SED 335, and SED 420 with a B or better.
    • Complete candidacy application process
  • Program Completion:
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0  Core and major coursework require a grade of C or better. Professional education coursework require a grade of B or better.
    • Demonstration of NETS-T standards and InTASC standards, successful completion of program and major requirements.


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: 

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).