The Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) prepares graduates for initial teacher certification in either Elementary (K-6 ) or Secondary (6-12 ) education and leads to a Master of Science in Education (MSEd).
We offer two program options to teacher certification:
9-Month Program Option
The most accelerated teacher preparation program in the state of Maine.
- 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 typically do not have time to remain employed — neither on a full-time nor 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.
2-Year Program Option
Offers the same courses and student-teaching experience as the 9-Month program option, with a more flexible schedule.
- Program delivery:
- The flexible 2-Year Pathway allows you to extend your first student-teaching internship 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 educational technicians in their area of certification may be able to maintain full-time employment for the first three semesters, but not the fourth and final semester.
- Teacher certification: Upon completion of the 2-Year Pathway, you’ll be qualified for teacher certification through the Maine Department of Education.
Teacher Certification and the MSEd Degree
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)
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.
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.
The ETEP program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization and Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, and for contact information to inquire further about the licensure requirements associated with this program.
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