University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science: World Languages Teacher Education

World Language Education Major (K-12)

  • Program: Bachelor of Science in World Language Education

  • Concentration: two concentrations: French and Spanish

Learning Goals, Assessment and Requirements


36 credits of required courses:

EDU 102 

Experiences of Schooling: Foundations of Diversity and Knowledge in American Education


EDU 103 

Diversity and Social Justice Education 7-12


EDU 222 

Learning with Technology in Secondary Education


EDU 223

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment


EDU 224

Practicum Field Experience/Seminar


EDU 379

Field Experience in World Language Education


EDU 480

Student Teaching and Seminar in World Language Education K-12


ENG 224

Teaching English as a Second Language


EHD 466 The Teaching of Modern Languages  **taken at the University of Maine Orono 3

SED 361      

Teaching Children with Learning and Behavior Problems in the Regular Classroom



Psychology Requirement

PSY 225S*

Child and Adolescent Development                                                                                                               


Data Analysis Requirement

MAT 120M*

Introductory Statistics                                                                                                                                                     




       1. PSY 225S and MAT 120M will count toward General Education requirements.

       2. A grade of C or higher must be earned in MAT 120M and PSY 225S.


  • All courses except the new methods course are offered every semester.
  • Most students who study abroad one semester generally still graduate in 4 years.
  • World Language majors will not take EDU 307 - Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary/Middle Schools (2 credits) and EDU 308 - Texts and Teaching (2 credits) but take ENG 224 - Teaching English as a Second Language instead.

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French Concentration Course Requirements

FRE 101H

Elementary French I                                                                 


FRE 102H

Elementary French II


FRE 201

Intermediate French


FRE 300

Advanced French for Communication                            


Selected from FRE courses or approved courses taught in French (16 credits):

FRE 191

Conversation at French Table                                            


FRE 206H

Oral Communication and Culture


FRE 301

French Film


FRE 302

People and Cultures of the Francophone World


FRE 303

People and Cultures of France



Other approved appropriate upper level courses


One 400-level French (FRE) course



Selected from FRE courses or approved courses taught in English related to French (4**credits)


INS 101H    

Introduction to International & Global Studies -- Humanities


HTY 204S

Introduction to Caribbean History


HTY 310

Revolutions in the Atlantic World


POS 227S

African Politics



Other courses taught in English related to French may fulfill this requirement if the course is accepted by the Humanities Division as meeting the program goals.

**may count towards Gen Ed


Total for concentration: 40 credits

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Spanish Concentration Course Requirements

SPA 101H             

Elementary Spanish I                                                               


SPA 102H

Elementary Spanish II


SPA 201H

Intermediate Spanish


SPA 300

Advanced Spanish for Communication



Selected from SPA courses or approved courses taught in Spanish (16 credits)


SPA 202H

Readings and Composition


SPA 206H

Oral Communication and Culture


SPA 301

Hispanic Film


SPA 302

Peoples and Cultures of Latin America


SPA 303

Peoples and Cultures of Spain



Other approved appropriate upper level courses


One 400-level Spanish (SPA) course



Selected from SPA courses or approved courses taught in English related to Spanish (4**credits)


ANT 210S

Latin American Cultures and Contexts


ANT 270S

Ancient Latin America


GEO 212S

Latin America: Peoples and Environments


HTY 214S

Spain from 1000-1700


HTY 224S

Cultural History of Spain (travel course).


HTY 259S

Colonial Latin America


HTY 260S

Modern Latin America


HTY 261S

History of Mexico



Other courses taught in English related to Spanish may fulfill this requirement if


the course is accepted by the Humanities Division as meeting the program goals.


**may count towards Gen Ed


Total for concentration: 40 credits

World Language majors will meet the same requirements as all secondary education majors including earning a B- or better in all concentration courses (with one possible exception).

General Education Requirements

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

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Students entering ALL UMF Teacher Education programs ( ECH, ECS, ELE, SEC/Middle, SED, WLK-12 and School Health, School Health-PE) must be fingerprinted and have a Criminal History Record Check prior to their first practicum.


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Students are eligible to apply for Candidacy upon the completion of Candidacy requirements. Applications for Candidacy are completed in Tk20. Only students who have been approved for Candidacy are eligible to continue in their professional education program. Candidacy requirements are:

  1. Completion of the Candidacy application
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher
  3. Grade of B- or better in all professional education courses. ( A student may have one exemption, although the student must earn a grade of C- or higher in that particular course. Practicum courses are not eligible for exemption.)
  4. Grade of C or better in English 100 (AP credit is accepted, as is an equivalent English course transferred with a grade of C or higher.)
  5. Successful completion of practicum/practica with a grade of B- or higher
  6. Successful completion of the Teacher Candidate Dispositions and Professional Expectations Assessment


Prior to beginning student teaching, students must meet these additional criteria:

  1. Complete all required professional education courses with a minimum grade of B- or higher. A student may have received one exemption for extenuating circumstances
  2. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher
  3. Complete 80% of all required coursework


To graduate with a world language education major, students must have:

  1. Grades of B- or higher in all professional education courses, with the possibility of one exemption for extenuating circumstances
  2. Grades of B- or higher in all concentration courses, with the possibility of one exemption for extenuating circumstances
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher


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Learning Goals, Assessment and Requirements

Learning Goals:

Philosophy, Purposes and Goals

World Languages open the door to linguistic and cultural explorations of a global community. Through language, cultural, and pedagogical studies, the K-12 WL Education Major prepares students to introduce that community to new generations of global explorers.

Our candidates will become the educational leaders of the 21st century who are caring teachers, competent educators and confident professionals (C3TEP). These guiding principles and beliefs reflect the ideals we hold for ourselves, our candidates, and the students and communities with whom they will work.

Caring Teachers:

  • Build respectful relationships
  • Create communities of learners
  • Support and encourage successful learning for all students
  • Honor and respond to differences
  • Utilize knowledge of human development

Competent Educators:

  • Design, plan, implement and evaluate instruction
  • Use best practices for instruction and assessment
  • Know content and strategies for integration
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Solve problems creatively and constructively
  • Use the tools of a changing world

Confident Professionals:

  • Collaborate effectively with families, communities, and colleagues
  • Practice reflective, self-directed, life-long learning
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical and legal responsibilities
  • Contribute to and lead in diverse societies

Maine Standards for Initial Teacher Certification

Our essential goals and purposes are embodied in the Maine’s Common Core Teaching Standards:

Learner Development 

Standard 1.) Learner Development:

The teacher understands how students learn and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Standard 2.) Learning Differences:

The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that allow each learner to reach his or her full potential.

Standard 3.) Learning Environments:

The teacher works with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.


Standard 4.) Content Knowledge:

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners.

Standard 5.) Innovative Applications of Content:   

The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical/creative thinking, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Instructional Practice

Standard 6.) Assessment:   

The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to document learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s on-going planning and instruction.

Standard 7.) Planning for Instruction:

The teacher draws upon knowledge of content areas, cross-disciplinary skills, learners, the community and pedagogy to plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.

Standard 8.) Instructional Strategies:

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to access and appropriately apply information.

Professional Responsibility

 Standard 9.) Reflection and Continuous Growth:

The teacher is a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, families, and other professionals in the learning community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Standard 10.) Collaboration:

The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.


Standard 11.) Technology Standards for Educators:
 Educators model and apply the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators as they
 leverage technology to explore best practices and evolving pedagogies to enrich professional practices, and support and
 deepen student learning.

Assessment Criteria:

Within the context of each program, candidates are evaluated based on important knowledge, skills and dispositions in the areas of:

  • Content Knowledge
  • Effective Planning
  • P-12 Learning
  • Diversity
  • Dispositions
  • Technology
  • Curriculum Planning, Instruction, and Assessment as demonstrated in Student Teaching or Internship
  • Achievement of Standards

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