Become a Teacher in Maine

Maine Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $45420
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $47340
Teacher Salary vs. State Average: 140%
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15


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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

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

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.”

Master’s Requirements

Did you know that 33 states require teachers to have a master’s degree to stay certified in teaching?

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with USC Rossier School of Education.

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)
CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Mathematics
Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)
Qualifying Score
Required Test(s)
PLT: Grades 7-12
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), Grades 7-12
Qualifying Score
Required Test(s)
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)

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


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

PLT: Grades K-5

Elementary Education:
Early Elementary (K-3)
General Elementary (K-8)
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
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
Biology: Content Knowledge
Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Physical Science: Content Knowledge
Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Secondary Education:
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 all but the following states: Alaska and Iowa. Contact the Maine Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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: $45,420
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $47,340
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Maine makes 129% of the salary of the average worker in Maine
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

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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