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How to Become a Teacher in Maine: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Maine. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

If you're curious about the average teaching salary in Maine, see here.

Traditional Path to the Maine Teaching Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college
  2. Have 180 hours of teaching experience (student teaching qualifies)
  3. Pass the Pre-Professionals Skills Test (PPST)
  4. Submit the following:
    • Requested Application you can also call (207) 624-6603
    • Completed fingerprint and criminal background check (207) 624-6603
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Fees made out to Treasurer State of Maine
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      State of Maine Department of Education
      Certification Office
      23 State House Station
      Augusta, ME. 04333-0023
      (207) 624-6603
  5. Do you want to renew your Maine Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Maine Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Conditional Maine Teaching Certification to teach in Maine. This allows you to start teaching before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college
  2. Pass the Pre-Professionals Skills Test (PPST)
  3. Provide official transcripts
  4. Pass the requirements listed above for the traditional Maine Teacher Certification
  5. Call (207) 624-6603 for more information

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. IdentoGO, https://www.identogo.com/
  3. Maine Department of Education, http://www.maine.gov/doe/

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