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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 CertificationMap.com 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 Educationfor additional details about certification 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.
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 Scholarshipspage.
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.
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
156 162 150
CORE: Reading CORE: Writing CORE: Mathematics
Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)
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
Maine requires that teaching candidates successfully complete and pass content area test(s) in their area of certification.
Education of Young Children
Early Childhood (Birth-Age 5)
160 145 157 157 155 159 160
Education of Young Children and PLT: Early Childhood Elementary Education: Content Knowledge, or Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
and PLT: Grades K-5
Early Elementary (K-3) General Elementary (K-8)
164 165 150 153
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
Candidates for teacher certification in Maine must:
Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a state/regionally accredited institution.
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.”
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.