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Teacher Certification Made Simple!

Become a Teacher
in Maine
Maine Teacher Certification



This page is sponsored by Rossier Online, a master level teaching degree program delivered online that enables you to earn a Master’s degree and teaching credential. Learn more about how the University of Southern California can help you become a transformative teacher in Maine.

 

To become a certified teacher in Maine, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating the site with new information on a regular basis. To stay up-to-date with the latest in teacher certification, please complete the form in the right sidebar.

Certification Requirements

Candidates for teacher certification in Maine must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a state/regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete application
  • Pass Praxis II exams.
  • Submit all official college transcripts from both undergraduate and graduate degrees (if applicable).
  • Submit all additional documentation (out-of-state teaching license, etc.).
  • Non-refundable $100 Initial Teacher Certificate fee, made payable to “Treasurer, State of Maine.”

Maine Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Maine, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Maine Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Maine, visit our Maine Teacher Scholarships page.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Maine is coming soon!

Maine Required Tests

Basic Skills Assessment

Maine does not require teaching candidates to complete the Basic Skills Assessment test. However, all applicants are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) Assessment and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), regardless of licensure area.

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Assessments

156
162
150

CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Mathematics

Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)

157

PLT: Grades 7-12

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), Grades 7-12

160
157

PLT: Grades K-6, or
PLT: Grades 7-12

Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), Grades K-12

Content Assessment(s)

Maine requires that teaching candidates successfully complete and pass content area test(s) in their area of certification.

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

166

Education of Young Children

Early Childhood (Birth-Age 5)

157
145

165
164
155
159
160

Education of Young Children and PLT: Early Childhood
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge, or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

  • Reading/Lang. Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

and
PLT: Grades K-5

Elementary Education:
Early Elementary (K-3)
General Elementary (K-8)

164
165
142
153

Middle School English/Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies

Middle School Education:Middle School English (5-8)
Middle School Math (5-8)
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies

167
150
160
147
157

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Biology: Content Knowledge
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Physical Science: Content Knowledge
Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Secondary Education:
English
Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Social Studies

Visit Maine’s Praxis Requirements for a complete list of K-12 certification tests

All Grades (7-12)


Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Special Education Certification

163

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Blind/Visually Impaired (K-12)

160

Special Education: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

Deaf/Hearing Impaired (K-12)

152

Special Education: Teaching Speech to Students with Language Impairments

Speech & Hearing Clinician (K-12)

140

Special Education: Teaching Students with Mental Retardation

Students with Severe Disabilities (K-12)

159

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

Teacher – Disabled Students (0-5)

151

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

Teacher – Disabled Students (K-8) or (7-12)

Maine Certification Reciprocity

Maine will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Maine Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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Maine Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Maine provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Maine has limited to weak induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Maine makes $45,420
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Maine makes $47,340
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Maine makes 129% of the salary of the average worker in Maine
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Maine receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

The Maine Department of Education provides teaching candidates with a wide variety of online job resources for those pursuing a career in both classroom teaching and the education field in general. Visit Maine DOE’s job opportunities page for a comprehensive list of online job resources and vacancies.

Background Check

To legally work with children, all teaching candidates must be fingerprinted and approved by the Maine Department of Education. Visit IdentoGO to schedule your fingerprint appointment.

Maine Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Maine.

Contact Information

      Maine Department of Education

      23 State House Station

      Augusta, Maine 04333

      207-624-6603 – Contact

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