Undergraduate Teacher Education

BS in Elementary Education

The BS in Elementary Education is designed to prepare elementary and middle school teachers, grades K-8 who are knowledgeable of the content they will teach and who have the skills to apply that knowledge to classroom teaching. Elementary education majors take a series of education courses that fulfill their University Core Curriculum requirements as well as the requirements for Maine teacher certification. These courses introduce students to aspects of teaching and learning and provide hands-on field experiences in schools and community organizations where they can make connections between theory and practice. In addition, elementary education majors select a disciplinary concentration area in order to develop more robust content knowledge in a specific subject area.

Academic Requirements

The minimum academic requirements to be a student in good standing in the Elementary Teacher Education Pathway are as follows:

  • A grade of B- or better in all professional education coursework.
  • A grade of C or better in disciplinary concentration courses and courses required for the area of teacher certification.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Failure to maintain the above requirements may result in program dismissal.  Appeals may be made in writing to the Director of Educator Preparation.

Pre-Candidacy

The pre-candidacy phase of the major is the first two years of the program prior to advanced coursework and the student-teaching internship. Required pre-candidacy coursework is as follows:

  • EDU 100: Exploring Teaching as a Profession* 
  • EDU 222: Foundations of Language and Literacy Development* (3 cr.)
  • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural andLinguistic Diversity* (3 cr.)
  • EDU 310: What is the Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy* (3 cr.)
  • HRD 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr.)
  • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education* (3 cr.)

Each of the courses with a * includes required service learning or practicum hours in a school or community setting to give pre-candidates hands-on experience with K-12 students and create connections between theory and practice. These formal placements are linked to each course and are arranged by the Field Experience Coordinator in the Office of Educator Preparation. Other education courses may require observation experiences in field settings that students arrange on their own. Students are required to be fingerprinted prior to starting a course that includes a field experience placement. For more information on the fingerprinting process see: https://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation/fingerprinting-process

Candidacy

Candidacy takes place in the fall semester of the third year or when a student has completed the pre-candidacy teacher education coursework and has made satisfactory and sufficient progress in their major. Candidacy is the process pre-candidates go through in order to be admitted to the professional level courses and internship. To be eligible for candidacy, pre-candidates must be in good academic standing, have passed the Praxis Core, and provided evidence of their Criminal History Record Check.

Please see USM’s Professional Licensure and Certification Notice located on the Office of Registration Services website for more information: https://usm.maine.edu/registration-services/academic-policies-undergraduate

Pre-candidates 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.

Pre-candidates must complete the Candidacy application in TK20 (more information below) as well as provide a current resume and two letters of recommendation. The candidacy application is due on January 31 of each year. Upon review eligible pre-candidates will be invited to participate in a 30-minute internship admission interview.

Coursework taken during Professional Internship includes:

Recommended (Track A only)

  • EDU 300: Educational Media and Technology (3 cr.)
  • EDU 336: Children’s Literature (3 cr.)

Required

  • EDU 230: Teaching Through the Arts (3 cr.)
  • EDU 405: Teaching Mathematics K-8 (3 cr.)
  • EDU 442: Seminar in Teaching (3 cr.)
  • EDU 445: Internship in General Education (6 cr.)
  • EDU 451: Elementary Social Studies Methods for All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3 cr.)
  • EDU 452: Teaching Elementary Science to All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3 cr.)
  • EDU 465: Teaching Reading K-8 for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3 cr.)
  • EDU 466: Introduction to Writing Process for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3 cr.)
  • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (3 cr.)
  • EDU 546: Planning & Assessment I (3 cr.)
  • EDU 547: Planning & Assessment II (3 cr.)

Track A: Disciplinary Concentration Areas

Elementary education majors completing Track A choose a disciplinary concentration area from among the following options:

English:

  • ENG 220: World Masterpieces I, or equivalent class (3 cr.)
  • ENG 245: Introduction to Literary Studies (3 cr.)
  • ENG 300: Fiction Writing, ENG 301: Poetry Writing, or ENG 304 Advanced Memoir (3 cr.)
  • ENG 205: Sentence Style, or English 305: Rhetoric, Syntax, and Style (3 cr.)
  • Two ENG 300-level class in the historical category, at least one pre-1800 (3 cr.)
  • Two ENG 300-level classes from any category (3 cr.)

Pre-requisites in Core

  • English 100: College Writing (3 cr.)
  • English 140: Reading Literature (Cultural Interpretation) (3 cr.)
  • English 201: Introduction to Creative Writing (Creative Expression) (3 cr.)

* ENG 201 is the prerequisite for ENG 300, ENG 301, and ENG 304

Geography-Anthropology:

Students who opt to concentrate in Geography-Anthropology must choose from one of the following three content areas. Note: regardless of area, all students who concentrate in Geography-Anthropology must take MAT 120: Introduction to Statistics as their Quantitative Reasoning Core Requirement.

Cultural & Natural Heritage Management:

  • GEO/ANT 105: Society, Environment, and Change (3 cr.)
  • ANT 103: Introduction to Archaeology (3 cr.) OR ANT 104: Archaeological Science (4 cr.)
  • GEO 102: Physical Geography (4 cr.)
  • One GEO/ANT Methods Course (3-4 cr.)
  • At least 12 credits in GEO/ANT Topical Electives (at least 6 credits in GEO, 6 credits in ANT, and 6 total credits at or above the 300 level)

Applied GIS and Geospatial Analysis:

  • GEO/ANT 105: Society, Environment, and Change (3 cr.)
  • GEO 107: Maps and Math (3 cr.) or, GEO 270: Mapping Environments and People: Data Visualization and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • GEO 370: Maps, Territory, Power (3 cr.)
  • Two GEO Methods Courses (7-8 cr.)
  • At least 12 credits in Topical Electives, with at least 6 credits at or above the 300 level

Sustainable Cultures & Communities:

  • GEO/ANT 105: Society, Environment, and Change (3 cr.)
  • ANT 101: Anthropology: The Cultural View (3 cr.)
  • GEO 101: Human Geography (3 cr.)
  • One GEO/ANT Methods Course (3-4 cr.)
  • At least 12 credits in GEO/ANT Topical Electives (at least 6 credits in GEO, 6 credits in ANT, and 6 total credits at or above the 300 level)

History:

  • HTY 101: Origins of Mediterranean Civilizations to 750 CE (3 cr.)
  • HTY 102: Western Civilization II (3 cr.)
  • One U.S. History surveys (3 cr.)
  • One U.S. Native American History survey (3 cr.)
  • One Non-U.S. History survey (3 cr.)
  • Three 300-level History courses (9 cr.)

Liberal Studies Humanities:

  • HTY 101: Origins of Mediterranean Civilizations to 750 CE (3 cr.)
  • HTY 102: Western Civilization II (3 cr.)
  • LSH 240: Introducing the Humanities (3 cr.)
  • LSH 340: Topics in the Humanities (3 cr.)
  • LSH 440: Capstone Experience in the Humanities (3 cr.)
  • Two additional courses at 200-level or above in Philosophy, English, or History
  • One course at 300-level of above in Philosophy, English, or History
  • Prerequisites for 200-level or above Philosophy courses must have EYE or 100-level Philosophy.

Mathematics:

  • MAT 131: Number Systems for Elementary Teachers (3 cr.)    
  • MAT 132: Quantitative Reasoning for Elementary Teachers (4 cr.)
  • MAT 231: Algebra for Elementary Teachers (3 cr.)
  • MAT 232: Geometry for Elementary Teachers (3 cr.)
  • MAT 242: Applied Problem Solving (3 cr.)
  • Any two of the following courses:
    • MAT 108: College Algebra (4 cr.)
    • MAT 120: Introduction to Statistics (4 cr.)
    • MAT 152: Calculus A (4 cr.)

Science:

  • ESP 101, 102: Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Laboratory (4 cr)
  • AST 100, 103: Astronomy and Laboratory (4 cr)
  • CHY 113, 114: Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory (4.5 cr)
  • PHY 111, 114: Elements of Physics I and Laboratory (5 cr)
  • BIO 105, 106: Biological Principles I: Cellular Biology and Laboratory (4.5 cr), or ESP 125, ESP 126 Introduction to Environmental Ecology and Laboratory (4 cr.)
  • One of the following upper-level science courses:
    • ESP 207 Atmosphere: Science, Climate, and Change (3 cr.)
    • ESP 260 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (3 cr.)
    • ESP 275 Energy Use and Societal Adaptation (3 cr.)
    • ESP 280 Research and Analytical Methods (4 cr.)
    • ESP 303 Wetlands Ecology (3 cr.)
    • ESP 412 Field Ecosystem Ecology (4 cr.)
    • ESP 413 Forest Ecology (4 cr.)

Track B: Double Majors

It is possible for Elementary Education majors to double major with one of the following disciplines. Please see each major’s section of this catalogue for their requirements.

NOTE: Double majoring accounts for 120 credit hours, so the decision to double major should be made at the outset of the program.

Content Requirements

Students interested in completing the Elementary Education Major must complete 6 credits each in English, mathematics, science and social studies.  The following mathematics courses are required:

  • MAT 131 Number Systems for Elementary Teachers
  • MAT 231 Algebra for Elementary Teachers
  • MAT 232 Geometry for Elementary Teachers

TK20

Tk20 by Watermark is the comprehensive web-based, assessment management and reporting system used by all students in Educator Preparation programs at USM. All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program at USM and are accepted as a candidate for their internship/student teaching year are required to subscribe to Tk20. Students use Tk20 to provide evidence they have mastered state and professional standards for their profession. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, Tk20 is eligible for consideration as part of educational costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website at http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation.

Please note Professional Education Council Policy: In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the Maine Department of Education for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to her/his state-approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).

Recommendation for Certification

Graduates who successfully complete all the Elementary Education major requirements are eligible for recommendation for teacher certification in Maine.  In order to be recommended for certification, students must complete the Recommendation for Certification form.  Students who fail to meet the academic or professional requirements of the Elementary Teacher Education major or choose not to pursue teacher certification may withdraw from the major and transition into the major affiliated with their disciplinary concentration area (note: Mathematics or Science concentrations will transition to the Self-Designed STEM major).

NOTE--Course requirements are subject to change based upon changes in teacher certification regulations.

Elementary Teacher Education Pathway

Note: The Elementary Teacher Education Pathway is for students who were already enrolled at USM prior to existence of the BS in Elementary Education degree. The Elementary Teacher Education Pathway is designed to prepare elementary and middle school teachers, grades K-8, who are knowledgeable of the content they will teach and who have the skills to apply that knowledge to classroom teaching. Elementary education students major in a discipline and take a series of teacher education courses that fulfill their University Core Curriculum requirements as well as the requirements for Maine teacher certification in their discipline. These courses introduce students to aspects of teaching and learning and provide hands-on field experiences in schools and community organizations where they can make connections between theory and practice. At the time of degree completion, students will have met the degree requirements for a major and for initial teacher certification.

Program Declaration and Withdrawal

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher education pathway by completing the Declaration and/or Dropping of Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathway Form with the registrar’s office. The form is located in the forms section of the Office of Registration Services: https://usm.maine.edu/registration-services/1forms

Academic Requirements

The minimum academic requirements to be a student in good standing in the Elementary Teacher Education Pathway are as follows:

  • A grade of B- or better in all professional education coursework.
  • A grade of C or better in content courses required for the area of teacher certification.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Failure to maintain the above requirements may result in program dismissal.  Appeals may be made in writing to the Director of Educator Preparation.

Pre-Candidacy

Upon declaring the Elementary Teacher Education Pathway, a student becomes a pre-candidate. The pre-candidacy phase of the program is the first three years of the program prior to the professional internship. Pre-candidacy coursework is as follows:

Recommended

  • SED 300: Ethics and Youth with Exceptionalities (3 cr.)
  • EDU 310: Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy* (3 cr)
  • EYE 108: Culture, Identity and Education (3 cr)

Required

  • EDU 100: Exploring Teaching as a Profession* (3 cr)
  • EDU 222: Foundations of Language and Literacy Development* (3 cr)
  • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity* (3 cr)
  • HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education* (3 cr)

Each of the courses with a * includes required service learning or practicum hours in a school or community setting to give pre-candidates hands-on experience with K-12 students and create connections between theory and practice. These formal placements are linked to each course and are arranged by the Field Experience Coordinator in the Office of Educator Preparation. Other education courses may require observation experiences in field settings that students arrange on their own. Students are required to be fingerprinted prior to starting a course that includes a field experience placement. For more information on the fingerprinting process see: https://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation/fingerprinting-process

Candidacy

Candidacy takes place in the fall semester of the third year or when a student has completed the pre-candidacy teacher education coursework and has made satisfactory and sufficient progress in their major. Candidacy is the process pre-candidates go through in order to be admitted to the professional level courses and internship. To be eligible for candidacy, pre-candidates must be in good academic standing, have passed the Praxis Core, and provided evidence of their Criminal History Record Check.

Please see USM’s Professional Licensure and Certification Notice located on the Office of Registration Services website for more information: https://usm.maine.edu/registration-services/academic-policies-undergraduate

Pre-candidates 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.

Pre-candidates must complete the Candidacy application in TK20 (more information below) as well as provide a current resume and two letters of recommendation. The candidacy application is due on January 31 of each year. Upon review eligible pre-candidates will be invited to participate in a 30-minute internship admission interview.

Professional Internship

The professional internship is a full-year experience that fulfills Maine’s student teaching requirement and provides elementary education teacher candidates the opportunity to apply what they are learning in their teacher education courses in a more sustained and in-depth setting. The first semester internship is the equivalent of 20 hours per week in a partner school, and the second semester internship is a full-time, five days per week experience in a partner school.  Students take the internship courses concurrently. Required courses are as follows:

  • EDU 405: Teaching Mathematics K-8 (3 cr)
  • EDU 442: Seminar in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • EDU 445: Internship in General Education (9 cr total--3 credits first semester and 6 credits second semester)
  • EDU 451: Elementary Social Studies Methods for All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3 cr)
  • EDU 452: Teaching Elementary Science to All Students Including Those of Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3 cr)
  • EDU 465 Teaching Reading K-8 for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • EDU 466: Introduction to Writing Process for All Students Including those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds
  • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (3 cr)

Majors

The following majors have Elementary Teacher Education Pathways options:

Please see the major section of your catalog year for requirements.

Content Requirements

Students interested in completing the Elementary Teacher Education Pathway must complete 6 credits each in English, mathematics, science and social studies.  The following mathematics courses are required:

  • MAT 131
  • MAT 231
  • MAT 232

It is recommended that those interested in specifically teaching at the middle school level (grades 6-8) complete coursework in a second content area (e.g. English, mathematics, social studies or science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Finally, students should consider taking additional education courses, which will support them in becoming more well-rounded teachers, in topics such as literacy, technology, and collaborating with families.

TK20

Tk20 by Watermark is the comprehensive web-based, assessment management and reporting system used by all students in Educator Preparation programs at USM. All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program at USM and are accepted as a candidate for their internship/student teaching year are required to subscribe to Tk20. Students use Tk20 to provide evidence they have mastered state and professional standards for their profession. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, Tk20 is eligible for consideration as part of educational costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website at http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation.

Please note Professional Education Council Policy: In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the Maine Department of Education for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to her/his state-approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).

Recommendation for Certification

Graduates who successfully complete all the Elementary Teacher Education Pathway requirements are eligible for recommendation for teacher certification in Maine.  In order to be recommended for certification, students must complete the Recommendation for Certification form.  Students who fail to meet the academic or professional requirements of the Elementary Teacher Education Pathway or choose not to pursue teacher certification may withdraw from the pathway and graduate with their major.

NOTE--Course requirements are subject to change based upon changes in teacher certification regulations.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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