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Future Teachers Academy
A program open to Maine high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the Future Teachers Academy is for students who are interested in exploring the field of education as a career.
Students will be able to participate in a daylong, hands-on and experimental teaching environment, led by professional faculty from the Thomas College School of Education, as well as partners from the Maine Department of Education and Maine Teachers of the Year.
Next Future Teachers Academy Event is scheduled for Winter 2021 and will be held virtually. Check back for more information!
Education Innovators Series
A forum where state, regional, and national thought leaders share their views on the future of education. This series is made possible through a partnership between Thomas College, Educate Maine, and the Education Action Forum of Maine.
Rural Scholars Residency Program
First of its kind in the state of Maine, this competitive scholars program sends our top preservice teachers for an exceptional field experience at one of Maine’s many rural schools. Preservice teachers have the opportunity not only to teach in these unique environments but to integrate themselves into the community. This is a great way to expand your teaching experience and network with schools and teachers throughout the state of Maine.
Educare Central Maine Partnership
Thomas College and Educare Central Maine have a unique partnership. Educare Central Maine serves as the preferred lab school for Early Education majors. Thomas College students have direct access to one of the nation’s most effective early childhood schools, located in Waterville, Maine. This provides unique training experiences that differentiates them in the field.
Samantha Smith Challenge
In partnership with Americans Who Tell the Truth, the CIE is proud to host the Samantha Smith Challenge, an event for middle-level students and educators promoting social justice and advocacy. Every June, over 500 middle school students journey across the state of Maine to Thomas College to share their own Samantha Smith Challenge products, ranging from recycling initiatives they have begun at their schools to informing their communities on the Black Lives Matter movement. The CIE also has a gallery of AWTT portraits, by artist, Robert Shetterley.
CIE Design Center
Do you have an innovative idea you want to build or create?
The CIE Design Center is a collaborative learning space that provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with one another to work on innovative projects. Acting as a hub, the Design Center encourages students, professors, and instructional and software designers to collaborate on educational design, robotics, classroom simulations for teacher education virtual field work, online course development, and competency based instructional models.
Lunder School of Education Faculty
|Wallace Alexander, Ed.D||Professor of Education|
|Richard Biffle, Ph.D.||Professor of Education and Instructor of Anthropology & Archaeology|
|Katie Rybakova, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor of Education|
|Pamela Thompson, Ph.D.||Professor of Education and Chair of the School of Education|