About our Education
Associate Degree

The Education degree program (K-12) is designed to prepare pre-service teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills for employment and/or future study in the field of K-12 education. Successful graduates experience field work in public school classrooms in each education course taken as a way to connect theory into actual practice. Graduates of the associate degree program are eligible for certification as Educational Technician II with the designation as “highly qualified.”

Topics that are covered, beyond core requirements, seek to address the theories of how human beings learn, the compelling issues related to American education, the developmental stages of literacy acquisition from birth to grade 12, and an in-depth overview on issues related to special education law and students with special needs.

About our Education Programs

SMCC offers two education programs: Early Childhood Education and Education. The programs focus on different age/grade ranges, but both provide students with the foundational skills and experiences they need to enter their chosen fields. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed for students who are interested in teaching children from 0-8 years of age, including students in grades K-3. The Education (EDUC) program is designed for students who are interested in exploring education more broadly and/or those who wish to teach older students in specialized fields like English or Math. Both programs focus on the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need to make a difference in the lives of the children with whom they work. These skills are put to use as students engage in classroom settings and externships in the local community. Throughout each step of the way, students work with supportive and experienced faculty. Our goal is to create a community of learners who work (and play!) together with all students receiving the support they need to achieve their dreams.

Graduates of the ECE and EDUC programs pursue many different paths. Some enter the work force as Ed. Tech. II in public school systems throughout the state. Others choose to become infant, toddler, or preschool teachers. Some open their own early childhood centers. Others continue on to earn their Bachelor’s Degree and become certified teachers. The University of Maine at Farmington delivers their Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at SMCC. Students in the EDUC program often choose to continue on for their Bachelor’s through the University of Maine system. For details about our Early Childhood program, visit our Early Education program webpage.

Out-of-State Licensure

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of “best practice” in teaching that promotes optimal learning for all students.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major issues in public education today that inform the organization of schools in the 21st century.
  • Understand the federal and state laws that define resources and supports for special education students as defined by IDEA and understand the myriad of disabilities that are identified in students in public schools.
  • Identify and select interventions that promote growth toward goals set out in an individual’s IEP.
  • Understand the components of literacy acquisition from birth to grade 12 and understand how to think about teaching literacy for optimum learning with an eye toward developing competent and confident readers.
  • Understand the need for collaboration with peers and colleagues as a tool to continually learn and perfect the craft of teaching.
  • Use verbal and oral communication, interpersonal relationships and other related personal skills (such as self-discipline and time management) effectively.

What opportunities does this program provide?

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

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

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree 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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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 degree 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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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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