2016-10-28 / Community

Schools partner for early childhood education program

Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine at Farmington have entered into a new partnership that allows graduates from SMCC’s early childhood education program to live and work in southern Maine while earning a UMF Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education with K-3 certification.

Under the partnership launched this fall, UMF’s nationally-accredited program with K-3 certification is being taught by UMF faculty at SMCC’s South Portland campus. The initiative is made possible through a transfer agreement that allows graduates to move from SMCC’s Associate in Applied Science degree in early childhood education to UMF’s bachelor degree program.

“This new collaboration with SMCC was created to help early childhood educators reach their full potential,” said Donna Karno, UMF associate professor of early childhood education. “It offers students who live in midcoast and southern Maine the opportunity to earn the same quality early childhood education bachelor’s degree with a K-3 certification as students on the Farmington campus, but without leaving home. UMF is very proud to offer this new opportunity to Maine students.”

The hybrid program provides the in-classroom course work, local school field study and virtual UMF classroom experience that prepares pre-service teachers to teach in many early childhood settings, including kindergarten through third grade in public schools.

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