About our Advanced
Education Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Education is designed to prepare students who have already earned 60 college-level credits to earn the 90 credits need to be certified as an Educational Technician III. This program encompasses a blend of coursework and internship as a way to fully develop and prepare candidates to be confident and competent in their future roles as an Educational Technician III. The coursework is designed to cover important educational theory such as literacy, math, English language learners (ELL), and exceptionalities.

An integral part of this program will be a full semester of internship experience in a public school setting. Please note a successful background, criminal records, fingerprinting and reference check may be required for licensure. To see full licensure requirements, please visit the Maine Department of Education website.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of best practices in teaching as a way to set goals and objectives for learning based on state and national standards and local curriculum.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intellectual/cognitive, social, and emotional development, and other characteristics of the diversity of all learners.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ways to create an environment of respect and rapport and a culture for learning for all students in the implementation of classroom procedures, behavior management to assure a focus on learning.
  • Understand and utilize many facets of assessment that are a means to document progress over time.
  • Demonstrate professional characteristics.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Education Technician III
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Childcare Business Owner or Director

Interested in continuing your education upon completing this program? Explore these related associate degree programs:

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Certificate Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Related Programs

Not ready to commit to a certificate program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This certificate program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Rachel Parse, 207-741-5729 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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