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Features of the Programs

Program options in the School of Education are carefully designed to prepare future teachers to work with our nation’s youth. There are currently five majors at the baccalaureate level in the Teacher Education Program that will lead to eligibility for a provisional certificate granted by the Maine State Department of Education; Elementary Education (K-8), Physical Education (K-12), and Secondary Education (grades 7-12) with concentrations in English, Life Science, or Physical Science. Graduates of certification programs will become eligible to be licensed in Maine and/or in other states. Pre-service teachers are immersed in real-life applications while learning the theory, methods, and characteristics of diverse classroom settings. They are instilled with an enthusiasm for the teaching profession and a commitment to working successfully and supportively with learners in dynamic and diverse school settings.

The Educational Studies major is a baccalaureate level program with concentrations in Elementary Education or Physical Education for those interested in working in an alternative setting. This program prepares students through an internship experience for working in a non-classroom setting or in a community-based, youth-serving program like those offered at the YMCA/YWCA, museums and municipal recreation departments.

All School of Education programs feature integrated learning experiences, including several field placements in the community. Throughout the coursework, students are exposed to curriculum frameworks of various national and state standards. During coursework and field experiences, pre-service teachers become increasingly knowledgeable in theoretical models, curriculum and assessment practices, technology in education, diversity and multiculturalism, classroom management, differentiated instruction, and professional collaboration.

Graduates from the School of Education are equipped to compete for positions in Maine as well as nationally. They begin their careers as confident professionals ready to embrace their role in preparing their own students for work, higher education, citizenship, and personal fulfillment.

Admissions Standards

The following admission requirements apply for students wishing to enter or transfer into a Teacher Education Program leading to certification:

  • Grade point average of at least 2.5
  • If 45 or more credits are being transferred in, students must provide documentation of passing PRAXIS I Core scores and documentation of fingerprinting through the Maine Department of Education
  • If less than 45 credits, SAT composite must be 890 with a minimum of 450 for Reading/Writing and 440 for Math, or ACT composite of 16 or above or documentation of passing PRAXIS I Core scores

The following admission requirements apply for students wishing to enter or transfer into an Educational Studies Program:

  • Grade point average of at least  2.2
  • If 45 or more credits are being transferred in, students must provide documentation of fingerprinting through the Maine Department of Education
  • Educational Studies- Elementary Education
    • If less than 45 credits, SAT composite must be 890 with a minimum of 450 for Reading/Writing and 440 for Math, 1200 with a minimum of 400 on each subtest, or ACT composite of 16 or above or documentation of passing PRAXIS I Core scores
  • Educational Studies - Physical Education
    • If less than 45 credits, SAT composite must be 890 or ACT composite of 16 or above or documentation of passing PRAXIS I Core scores

The following admission requirements apply for students wishing to enter or transfer into the Pathways II Alternative Teacher Certification:

  • Earned undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university
  • C+ in all courses accepted as required courses from undergraduate program
  • Methods courses transferred in must have been taken within five years

Progression Requirements 

Undergraduates in Teacher Education Programs leading to certification must earn an overall 2.5 cumulative grade-point average. Undergraduates in Educational Studies must earn an overall 2.2 cumulative grade-point average. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours  at Husson to be eligible for graduation. Pathways students are required to take a minimum of 9 credits at Husson prior to Student Teaching.

Grade Requirements (Incompletes and Withdrawals)

Teacher education majors  must pass all education courses with a C+ (77%) or better and must repeat the course again at the next available offering. Education courses may only be repeated once. No student can re-take more than 2 education courses. There is a limit of 2 Incompletes and/or Withdrawals from 2 education classes with the overall number of Incompletes and/or Withdrawals being addressed on an individual basis in conjunction with the minimum GPA.

Required Background Checks and Screening

Two levels of background check must be completed early in the program.  Fingerprinting through the Maine Department of Education and a background check through CastleBranch are both required before students can participate in field experiences. A criminal record may jeopardize completion of a student’s coursework and degree requirements, as well as licensure by the state professional regulating body.

Clinical, Practicum and Student Teaching Field Experiences

Pre-service teachers in programs leading to certification must complete one non-credit clinical experience, three one-credit hour practicum experiences, and two 8-week student teaching placements with a capstone worth a total of 15-credit hours. Undergraduates in Educational Studies must complete one non-credit clinical experience, three one-credit hour practicum experiences, and an Internship  with a capstone worth a total of 6 credit hours.

Clinical Experience

The initial field placement for students is an observation in a school for a total of 30 hours. The clinical experience is an essential component of the teacher candidacy application to the Teacher Education programs.

Practicum Experiences

These experiences move students beyond the observation stage and allow them to become active participants in the classroom.  They are completed in conjunction with coursework, ensuring there are rich opportunities to connect theory to practice. Class assignments are carefully linked to field placement work.

Student Teaching

Student teaching consists of two field placements for a total of sixteen weeks. The objective is for students to experience varied grade level assignments. Students will produce an electronic portfolio at the end of their student teaching experience. Embedded within this final semester is a capstone seminar for which students are required to return to campus weekly. This course is designed to provide education students with the opportunity to reflect upon and assess their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the teacher preparation process. Maine's Teaching Standards and teacher effectiveness best practices provide the framework for this experience. 

ED 450 Student Teaching/Seminar in Teaching

Technical Standards

The technical standards listed below are minimal technical requirements for admission to, progression within, and graduation from this professional program.  The requirements are grouped into emotional, cognitive, social, communication, physical and health/safety requirements.

Teacher Education requires not only the acquisition of academic knowledge but also technical skills, professional attitudes, and professional behaviors.  Before program completion, graduates must acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills required to be effective, safe, and competent teachers. In order to accomplish this goal, candidates must demonstrate key functions in an independent manner with reasonable accommodations, if needed. In addition, in order to participate fully in the program, teacher education candidates are required to travel to settings in the community that may have unpredictable environments.

Cognitive Requirements

The candidates must exhibit cognitive skills necessary for problem solving, reasoning, and judgment in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must integrate a variety of material with increasing complexity presented throughout the curriculum including presentations, class discussions, cooperative learning, and readings from textbooks, journals, and student assessment records. A teacher needs to observe details around him or her, register multiple stimuli, and make multiple decisions, all the while engaging students and addressing standards. Candidates must be able to identify and respond accurately to factual information as well as subtle non-verbal cues of mood, temperament, and gestures provided by others. Candidates must be attentive and be able to focus for the duration of class and field experiences to fully participate in the learning environment.

Social Requirements

The candidate must demonstrate appropriate social skills for forming and maintaining relationships with a variety of people including faculty, peers, mentor teachers, students, and the families/guardians of students. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to participate as effective group members.  Flexibility and maturity in all interactions is required for this program. Verbal and non-verbal communication and interactions must be respectful, civil and professional in manner, demeanor, and tone. Personal grooming, hygiene, and attire must meet professional standards.

Communication Requirements

Communication skills include oral speech, reading, and writing.  Candidates must be skilled in communicating in written and oral English with faculty, peers, students in the classroom, in field placement settings, and the community. 

Emotional Requirements

The candidate must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to perform under stress produced by both academic study and the necessity of performing teaching related tasks in simulated and real situations while being observed by faculty, peers, mentor teachers, and others. Candidates must demonstrate the endurance to adapt to an emotionally demanding program. Candidates must be able to tolerate varying stress levels that can occur in the course of achieving success while adhering to the professional standards and requirements of the program.

Physical Requirements (Can be met through reasonable accommodations)

1. Motor

Candidates must demonstrate the endurance to adapt to a physically demanding program. Candidates must demonstrate sufficient motor function to participate in a traditional classroom setting. They must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to teach, including the endurance to work full time in an active environment.

2. Speech

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to speak clearly and be heard and understood in face-to-face communication and on the telephone or other media in order to communicate with faculty, peers, mentor teachers, students, other education personnel, and the families/ guardians of students.

3. Vision

Candidates must be able to observe students and obtain relevant, meaningful assessment information from this observation.  As such, candidates must have visual perception, which includes peripheral vision, depth and acuity. They must also be able to read documents such as student records, textbooks, and computer screens.

4. Hearing

A candidate’s hearing must be sufficient to accurately hear voices on the telephone or through other media, discriminate sounds in the environment for safety, communicate with people, and listen to and assess students in classroom settings and field placements.

Reasonable Accommodation

The Husson University Teacher Education Program in the School of Education will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these technical standards in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.  Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis.  Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process which the candidate must initiate with the Director of the teacher Education Program who can be reached at (207) 922-4988 or moodyb@husson.edu and with the Dean of Students who can be reached at (207) 992-1934or wilsonbarkers@husson.edu.