Become a Teacher in Maine

Maine Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $53,190
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $52,940
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information 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: 08/10/2018

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To become a certified teacher in Maine, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Maine teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating with new information on a regular basis.

Step One: Maine Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Visit the Maine Department of Education for additional details about certification requirements.

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Master’s Requirements

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.

Learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: 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 visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to 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. Contact the Maine Department of Education for more information about alternative certification in Maine.

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Step Three: Maine Required Tests

Basic Skills Assessment

Maine does not require teaching candidates to complete a 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.

Basic Skills Assessment
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Assessment
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
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.

Content Assessment(s)
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification
160 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

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)



Special Education
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)
158 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)


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Step Four: Maine Application 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.”

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.

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.

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Maine Certification Reciprocity

Maine participates in teaching reciprocity with other states. 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 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 teacher induction policies which include professional development, training and mentoring programs
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $53,190
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $52,940
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Maine Certification Resources & Links

23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

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