Teacher Education


Thinking about teaching? Think USM!

We have a rich history of preparing teachers since the founding of Gorham Normal School in 1878. Currently, we have undergraduate pathways for early childhood, elementary and middle, and high school teaching. Our teacher education program is distinct: students learn to teach in real world settings through field experiences beginning in their first year and receive superior content preparation, earning a degree in a liberal arts or science field. Join our professional learning community of faculty, staff and students.

How our program works:

At USM, undergraduates select a teacher certification area in early childhood (birth-age 5), elementary (K-8), secondary (7-12 English, 7-12 Mathematics, 7-12 Social Studies, 7-12 Physical Science, or 7-12 Life Science), or K-12 (art or music).

1. Pursue Core Requirements and Participate in Field Experiences

While pursuing their teacher education program, students take a series of teacher education courses that fulfill their University Core Curriculum requirements. These courses introduce students to aspects of teaching and learning and give them hands on experiences in community agencies and schools where they can connect what they are learning to the real world.

2. Select a major

Students pursue a liberal arts or science major designed to give them the content knowledge they need as teachers.

3. Complete an Internship Experience

The teacher education program culminates in a year-long internship experience during which students complete their professional teacher preparation courses and student teaching in urban or suburban early childhood, elementary, middle or high schools located in southern Maine partner school districts.

Why study education at USM?

  • USM's teacher education program is nationally accredited and state-approved.
  • You will receive more classroom experience than any other program in Maine, beginning in your second semester.
  • You will join a strong networked community of other teacher education students, faculty and K-12 partner school districts.
  • You will receive a superior liberal arts or science preparation in the area(s) you intend to teach.