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.
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.
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.