Earn teacher certification credits

Educators and students at all levels seeking courses toward teacher certification or re-certification can choose from  a growing number of courses offered at University College at Bath/Brunswick for the Fall 2013 semester, which begins this September. Courses are taught by University of Maine System faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

University College at Bath/Brunswick director Dennis Unger is pleased to announce that instructor Patricia Clark will offer on-site University of Maine at Augusta’s HUS 328 Creative Development and Art for Young Children on Tuesdays from 4 to 6:45 p.m. starting September 3. This course can be pat clarkapplied as a creative arts option toward the Maine Department of Education Certification office endorsement for Early Childhood Teacher (Birth-5) and as an elective for Early Elementary Teacher (K-3).

The course provides an overview of how art and creativity influence young children and how early childhood educators, parents, and adults who work with children can assist in this process. Students will consider the important role art plays with children who may have disabilities or be from a diverse background or culture. This comprehensive introductory course includes an exploration of a variety of materials, activities, and projects that will stimulate creativity in children. Students will study artists and current children’s illustrators and review children’s books.

Patricia Clark, who received her M.S. in Exceptionality through the University of Southern Maine, CAS and ABD from Orono, came to the University of Maine at Augusta as a Libra professor in 2001 after a career that ranged from editing a weekly newspaper to nearly two decades as a kindergarten teacher. At UMA besides serving as Early Childhood Studies’ director, she teaches a wide range of courses, including early childhood, special education, human services, and psychology. Most of her classes can be applied toward state certifications.

Clarks states, “I love teaching Creative Development and Art because it’s such fun to see students relax and learn by experimenting with the same materials that children will use. Adults see how much children learn actively while incorporating literacy, language, math, science, social studies, and movement into art. Students really dive into the process and let their creativity show.”

Most of the other educator courses are delivered online. Students without high-speed internet access can participate in the courses at University College’s well-equipped computer lab.  Staff at the center offer support to all students who are new to online learning.

University College provides local access to undergraduate certification programs in Special Education and Elementary Education from the UMS campuses. There is also a minor in Secondary Education that provides a pathway for individuals who want to teach at the high school level in Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, and Art. “Each semester we offer a wide variety of education courses online and at our center,” said Dennis Unger, Director of University College at Bath/Brunswick.  “We are excited to offer courses and programs in our community that will allow people with busy schedules to become certified as Maine teachers.”

Registration for Fall 2013 semester courses is open and ongoing. For more information or to schedule an academic advising appointment please call 442-7736.