How to Become a Teacher in Maine

Although enrollment has declined steadily since the 1970s, public schools in Maine educated more than 186,000 students during the 2010-2011 school year. Elementary-level standardized test results have suffered in recent years, but Maine’s high school graduation rate of nearly 83% is above average compared to the rest of the country. Prospective teachers should understand that Maine teaching license certification is regulated by the state’s Department of Education. A Maine certified teacher is required to obtain at least a bachelor’s-level degree before applying for his or her initial certificate to teach at schools in the state.

Education Requirements

To become a teacher in Maine, candidates need to complete all education requirements as defined by the Maine Department of Education. Maine educators must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Maine Teaching Certification

All educators who work in Maine must be certified to teach in the state. To do so, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. Graduates who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field and want to become teachers can complete one of the many alternative certification programs offered here.

Required Tests

To qualify for initial certification, all Maine educators must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), which covers reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as the content area exam and the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state applicants who plan to teach in Maine must submit a copy of their valid teaching certificate, transcripts, assessment scores, and other necessary documentation to the Maine Department of Education. Qualified applicants may be eligible for a provisional license, but additional education and testing may be required.

Helpful Resources

Bowdoin College

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255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-3000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Husson University

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1 College Circle
Bangor, ME 04401-2999
(207) 941-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Maine College of Art

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522 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101-3494
(207) 775-3052

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

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278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME 04084-5236
(207) 892-6766

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Thomas College

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180 W River Rd
Waterville, ME 04901-5097
(207) 859-1111

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

University of Maine

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168 College Avenue
Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1865

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Maine at Farmington

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224 Main St.
Farmington, ME 04938-9978
(207) 778-7000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

University of Maine at Presque Isle

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181 Main St
Presque Isle, ME 04769-2888
(207) 768-9400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

University of New England

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11 Hills Beach Rd
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599
(207) 283-0171

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

University of Southern Maine

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96 Falmouth St
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 780-4141

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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