The Maine Teaching and Certification Resource

Anyone wanting to teach in Maine must be certified by the state’s Department of Education Certification. Although specific requirements may vary depending on education and experience, the standard traditional path to Maine teacher certification is fairly straightforward and is outlined in detail on this page.

How to Become a Teacher in Maine

Individuals who are considering becoming a certified teacher in Maine have several options available for earning a Maine teacher certification. Although there are some alternative ways to become a teacher in Maine, all teachers are required to hold at least a bachelor’s degree, complete a Maine teachers certification program at an accredited school and pass the required Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test.

For teachers who already hold an out-of-state teacher certification, reciprocity in Maine may be possible under certain circumstances. Maine is a participating member in the Interstate Agreement on Qualifications of Education Personnel. This is an interstate agreement ran by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), which oversees reciprocity between K-12 educators in participating states. For more information on Maine reciprocity, contact the state’s Department of Education.

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Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Maine

Perhaps the most important step to obtaining a Maine teacher certification is completing a teacher education program at an accredited school. The Maine DOE approves schools that have been accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies, which are overseen by the US Department of Education. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is responsible for the accreditation of Maine schools and universities. Therefore, the state looks for this accreditation when approving schools for the Maine teacher certification process.

Anyone evaluation teacher education programs should confirm that their school of choice is in good standing with the NEASC. For those considering an online teaching certification program, the school providing the program should be certified by one of the six regional agencies, even if it is headquartered out of state. Whether campus based or online, any school offering a teacher preparation program should absolutely be accredited by the NEASC. If an aspiring teacher attends a school which is not accredited by the NEASC, he or she will not be eligible to teach in Maine.

Additionally, there is a national accreditation organization, which also accredits schools around the US. The Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparedness (CAEP) is a new organization that consists of two recently-consolidated accreditation bodies, the NCATE and TEAC. Although the name is new, the organization has a long history of accreditation experience. Therefore, a CAEP accreditation is a highly respected sign of meeting rigorous standards in terms of curriculum, process and organization within the education preparatory sector. A CAEP accreditation may not be required of schools (yet), but most teaching institutes solicit the accreditation because of the prestige it holds.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Maine.

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Maine Teacher Education Requirements

Maine State SealIn order to acquire a Maine teachers licensing through the traditional route, candidates must provide proof that they have at least a bachelor’s degree and have completed a state-approved o Maine teachers certification program. Those candidates seeking certification via alternative approaches must also complete a preparatory program to ensure that they have the skills and experience to be effective classroom teachers for the students in Maine public schools.

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Maine Teacher Outlook as of 2014
The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 150 average annual job openings in Maine for elementary school teachers, 60 average annual job openings for middle school teachers, and 140 average annual job openings for secondary school teachers through 2022. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 14,960 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the state, excluding special education teachers (2013). The average annual salary for elementary school teachers is $48,480, the average annual salary for middle school teachers is $49,940, and the average annual salary for secondary school teachers is $48,440. Visit the Maine Education Association for more information regarding education policy, legislation and job opportunities.

Maine Teacher Testing Requirements

Anyone pursing a teaching certification in Maine must demonstrate their abilities in the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics by passing the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test, commonly referred to as the PPST or the Praxis I. Teachers must also demonstrate their knowledge of grade-level content in the subject they wish to teach by submitting a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test. Higher levels of certification require that experienced teachers demonstrate their understanding of educational pedagogy by passing the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessment.

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Additional Maine Teacher Certification Requirements

Like most states, Maine DOE requires that all teaching applicants submit to a criminal history record check. Before applicants send in their teaching application, fingerprints must be taken and issued through Maine’s approved online system, IdentoGO.

Maine Teachers Licensing Application Process

Once applicants have completed all of the steps towards Maine teacher certification outlined above, the application packet must be sent in to the Department of Education’s Certification Office.

  1. Submission of all official transcripts
  2. Verification of completion of Main educator certification program at an accredited school
  3. Confirmation of passing Praxis exam scores
  4. Completion and submission of the application
  5. Payment of non-refundable processing fees

Department of Education
Certification Office
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Visit the Maine Department of Education for further details on teaching certification in Maine.

Maine Teacher Salary and Jobs

Type Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers 1,240 $31,730
Kindergarten Teachers 920 $45,290
Elementary School Teachers 6,910 $47,870
Middle School Teachers 2,850 $48,380
Secondary School Teachers 5,330 $48,530

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Maine

Question: How do I become an elementary teacher in Maine?

Answer: To become an elementary teacher in Maine, you must be certified through the state. Certification requires a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program. You must also complete a student teaching assignment in an elementary school and pass the Praxis I and II tests.

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1. Maine State Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/
2. US Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ak.htm#25-0000

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