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The Maine Teaching and Certification Resource

Prospective educators in Maine must be certified by the state’s Department of Education. The traditional path to Maine teacher certification is outlined on this page for those seeking information on how to become a teacher in Maine.

How to Become a Teacher in Maine

All Maine educators are required to hold at least a bachelor’s degree, complete a teacher preparation program at an approved school, and pass the required Praxis exams for educators.

Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree but have not completed a teacher preparation program may be eligible for alternative teacher certification in Maine.

Maine has adopted a tiered licensing structure for educators that recognizes those who are highly qualified. New teachers typically receive the Provisional certificate, which is valid for two years. These teachers may advance to the Professional certificate, which is valid for five years, by completing new teacher orientation and two successful years of teaching.

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Perhaps the most important step to obtaining Maine teacher certification is completing a teacher education program at an approved school. You can see a list of approved teacher preparation programs through the Maine Department of Education.

In addition to an approved teacher preparation program, candidates must complete a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies overseen by the US Department of Education. For those considering an online program, the school providing the program should be appropriately approved and accredited. If an aspiring teacher attends a school that is not appropriately credentialed, he or she will not be eligible to teach in Maine.

Additionally, there is a national accreditation organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP was formed from the merger of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP accreditation is not required but is highly respected for its rigorous standards.

See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Maine.

Maine Teacher Outlook
The Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information projects 150 average annual job openings due to replacements in Maine for elementary school teachers, 54 average annual job openings due to replacements for middle school teachers, and 122 average annual job openings due to replacements for secondary school teachers through 2024.3 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 14,980 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in the state, excluding special education teachers.4 In Maine the average annual salary for elementary school teachers is $50,870, the average annual salary for middle school teachers is $51,800, and the average annual salary for secondary school teachers is $51,480.4 Visit the Maine Education Association for more information regarding education policy, legislation, and job opportunities in the state.

Maine Teacher Education Requirements

Maine State SealIn order to earn Maine teacher certification through the traditional route, candidates must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. For traditional-route educators, teacher preparation is typically completed as part of the bachelor’s degree curriculum.

Maine Teacher Testing Requirements

Candidates pursuing teaching certification in Maine must demonstrate their abilities in the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics by passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam, commonly referred to as the Core. Teachers must also demonstrate their knowledge of pedagogy by passing the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test and demonstrate competency in the subject they wish to teach by submitting a passing score on the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments.

Additional Maine Teacher Certification Requirements

Like most states, Maine requires that teaching applicants complete a criminal history record check. Before applicants send in their teaching application, fingerprints must be taken through Maine’s approved processing company, IdentoGO. For more information, contact the Maine Department of Education.

Maine Teachers Licensing Application Process

Once applicants have completed all of the steps towards Maine teacher certification outlined above, an application with the following supporting documents must be sent to the Maine Department of Education:

  • Official transcripts for all coursework taken.
  • Verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree and Maine educator preparation program at an approved school.
  • Passing Praxis exam scores.
  • Payment of non-refundable processing fees.

Applications should be sent to:

Maine 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

TypeNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers1,350$31,350
Preschool Teachers, Special Education50$36,510
Kindergarten Teachers880$49,850
Elementary School Teachers6,340$50,870
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School1,290$50,610
Middle School Teachers3,060$51,800
Middle School Teachers, Special Education540$50,070
Secondary School Teachers5,580$51,480
Secondary School Teachers, Special Education790$49,250
Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical EducationNot availableNot available

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4

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 completion of a teacher preparation program. You must also complete a student teaching assignment in an elementary school and pass the Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessments.

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References:
1. Maine Department of Education Certification: http://maine.gov/doe/cert/index.html
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm
3. Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/outlook.html
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Maine: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_me.htm