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Learn everything you need to know about Maine Teacher Certification.

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Maine Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Maine, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet Education Requirements

  • Educators teaching in Maine must complete an approved educator preparation program, such as a bachelor’s in education.
  • They may choose from one of many endorsements to specialize in a desired grade level and discipline. Each endorsement has its own requirements and prerequisites.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Prospective teachers can qualify for teaching certification in Maine with the practical training provided in approved educator preparation programs.
  • These programs typically feature a field experience component of at least 30 hours.

Pass Required Exams

  • For teaching certification in Maine, prospective educators need to pass a series of Praxis tests. Regardless of level and endorsement, all educators take the Core Academic Skills For Educators and Principles of Learning and Teaching tests.
  • Transcripts from approved educator preparation programs are typically sent to the Maine DOE automatically, but applicants may need to submit their own verifications.

Apply for Certification

  • Prior to teaching in Maine, prospective educators must register on the Maine Educator Information System and submit all required documents.
  • If you graduated from a Maryland-approved educator prep program, you’ll have to submit all applicable certification test scores plus your academic transcripts. Your transcripts must include a formal statement of educator prep program completion.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular Maine Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Maine must pass the required Praxis exams to become a certified teacher.

Praxis®️ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

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Official Praxis®️ Core study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education

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Official Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Pearson Foundations of Reading

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Official Foundations of Reading (190) study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6

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Official Praxis®️ PLT: K-6 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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Official Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects study guide to help you pass your exam!

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How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Maine?

To maintain teaching certification in Maine, educators need to renew their certification within six months of their certificate’s expiration date. The conditional teacher certificate is valid for three years, and the professional certificate is valid for five years.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in Maine

  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • Husson University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bates College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • University of Maine at Farmington

Maine Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in Maine is $55,847 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $46,631 and $68,121.

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Praxis® – Questions Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/praxis-questions-quick-guide/

The following article will discuss the structure of Praxis® Core exams and subject assessments.

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What You Must Know About Preparing For The Praxis® https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/what-you-must-know-about-preparing-for-the-praxis/

We’ll discuss how hard it is to pass the Praxis®, we’ll help you figure out how much you should study, and finally we’ll recommend study guides and free resources to improve your score.

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Do You Know Which Praxis® Exams You Need to Take? https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/do-you-know-which-praxis-exams-you-need-to-take/

In this article, we will tell you who needs to take the Praxis® test. We will also break down the different types of tests and sort out which one to choose.

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Everything You Need To Know About Praxis® Scores https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/everything-you-need-to-know-about-praxis-scores/

In this article we will discuss what score you need to pass a Praxis® test, how long it takes to get scores, and how to interpret your score report.

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Your Praxis® Costs & Retakes Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/your-praxis-costs-retakes-quick-guide/

First, we’ll talk about the cost of a Praxis® test. Then we’ll discuss the number of attempts you’re allowed on the Praxis® and what happens if you fail. Finally, we’ll cover the other costs associated with taking the tests.

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How To Register For A Praxis® Exam https://www.240tutoring.com/praxis-prep/how-to-register-for-a-praxis-exam/

This article answers your questions about registering for a Praxis® exam.

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What is the Praxis®️ Test https://www.240tutoring.com/resources/what-is-the-praxis-test/

Dive deeper into what the Praxis test is, how to prepare for it, and what to expect come test day.

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Maine Teacher Certification FAQs

What is required to be a teacher in Maine?

All applicants looking to gain teacher certification in Maine must earn a bachelor’s degree and complete coursework that is specific to the grade level and subject they seek to teach.

Do they need teachers in Maine?

Since 2010, there’s been a 53% decline in the number of people entering educator training programs in Maine. The number of teachers who have quit has risen from 265 in the 2015-2016 school year to 533 in the 2022-2023 school year, according to the MEA.

Does Maine have tenure for teachers?

Teachers in Maine are awarded tenure automatically after a three-year probationary period, absent an additional process that evaluates cumulative evidence of teacher effectiveness.

What do substitute teachers get paid in Maine?

As of Feb 17, 2024, the average annual pay for a Substitute Teacher in Maine is $39,351 a year.

What is a conditional teaching certificate in Maine?

Issuance of a conditional teaching certificate allows one to teach in Maine for a period of time, during which one must take a specified list of education courses in order to become fully certified.

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