Maine Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
This guide to teacher preparation programs in Maine is designed to assist anyone interested in becoming a teacher in the state. There are many teaching schools in Maine that prepare aspiring teachers to work in a classroom. Choosing between the many options may seem like a daunting task, but we have compiled relevant information such as a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, a list of top-rated teaching programs, and student reviews to help with the process. Anyone wishing to obtain a teaching degree in Maine should use this guide to find an approved program that fits their individual career goals as an educator.
- There are 20 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Maine.1
- 7 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 12 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 8 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023.3
- 3 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022.4
- 3 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.5
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Maine Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Maine according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Maine Department of Education (DOE) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Maine traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment 6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment 6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate 6||Net Price1|
|College of the Atlantic||No||20||2||N.Av.||—||—||—||$18,355|
|Eastern Maine Community College||No||—||—||—||—||—||—||$10,634|
|Maine College of Art and Design||No||10||9||N.Av.||—||—||—||$33,486|
|Saint Joseph’s College of Maine||No||67||29||92%||—||—||—||$27,979|
|University of Maine-Augusta||No||—||—||—||—||—||—||$10,670|
|University of Maine-Farmington||Yes||627||101||100%||—||—||—||$14,492|
|University of Maine-Machias||No||89||7||N.Av.||—||—||—||N.Av.|
|University of Maine-Orono||Yes||547||77||98%||—||—||—||$16,365|
|University of Maine-Presque Isle||No||100||12||55%||—||—||—||$10,442|
|University of New England||No||92||21||100%||—||—||—||$36,474|
|University of Southern Maine||Yes||431||124||95%||—||—||—||$12,072|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Maine
Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022
- University of Maine
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023
- University of Maine (#131 tie)
US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022
- University of New England (#60 tie)
- University of Maine (#147 tie)
- University of Southern Maine (#242-321)
Select Maine Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
Education degree programs at the University of Maine (UM) are housed at the UM College of Education and Human Development. Students can choose from a variety of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including teacher certification programs and degrees in education-related fields. A Bachelor of Science (BS) is available in either Elementary Education or Secondary Education, and students in these degree programs may choose to complete an optional specialization to further develop their knowledge in a specific subject area. Graduate certificates and degrees are also offered. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees offer an alternative pathway to teacher licensure for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree. Additional graduate programs are designed for experienced professionals and may have online learning options, such as the Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology.
The University of New England (UNE) College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to help students work in various roles within education. At the undergraduate level, Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are offered in Elementary/Middle Education, Secondary Education, Educational Studies, and Special Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Education. Each program meets the educational requirements to become a teacher in Maine with the exception of the Educational Studies degree, which focuses on education theory rather than classroom instruction. UNE graduate degrees and certificates in education are offered online and are designed for individuals who are already certified to teach or who are working in educational theory fields. Certified teachers can earn additional endorsement areas, such as Teacher of Students with Disabilities or Literacy Coach, by completing a graduate study program.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) offers education degrees through its School of Education and Human Development, including many programs with online or hybrid study offerings. Students can choose to learn about the teaching and learning needs of many age groups, from early childhood through to adult education. Four undergraduate areas of focus are available that meet the educational requirements to become a certified teacher in Maine, including a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education (K-8), a BS or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Secondary Teacher Education (7-12), a BA in Foreign Language Teacher Education (K-12), and a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Art with a concentration in Art Education. At the graduate level, students can study subjects such as educational leadership, educational policy, and educational psychology, or complete an initial or advanced certification program to meet the educational requirements for additional teaching endorsements.
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Central Maine Community College
1250 Turner St
Auburn, ME 04210
Eastern Maine Community College
354 Hogan Rd
Bangor, ME 04401
Kennebec Valley Community College
92 Western Ave
Fairfield, ME 04937
Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Dr
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Rd
South Portland, ME 04106
Washington County Community College
1 College Dr
Calais, ME 04619
York County Community College
112 College Dr
Wells, ME 04090
University of Maine at Farmington
224 Main St
Farmington, ME 04938
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx