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Alternative Teaching Certification in Maine

Instead of pursuing a postsecondary degree in education, many teachers in Maine instead opt to pursue an alternative path to teacher licensure. This is what it takes to receive alternative teacher certification in Maine.

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Outside of a postsecondary degree in education, teachers in Maine have the option of pursuing teaching licensure through one of three methods. Alternative teacher licensing can be acquired through the Extended Teacher Education Program, a conditional teacher certification or a career and technical certification.

Maine Teacher Certification - General Information

Average Salary for Teachers in Maine (2017)* $53,190 (Elementary School); $53,080 (Middle School); $52,940 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree required
Degree Field Major must be relevant to the intended teaching subject
Testing Requirements Praxis Core
Principles of Learning and Teaching
Praxis II

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Receive an Alternative Teacher License in Maine

There are three primary methods through which potential teachers may receive licensing in the state of Maine. Although the Extended Teacher Education Program offered through the University of Southern Maine is the most common option, conditional certification and career and technical education certification are viable options as well.

Extended Teacher Education Program

The Extended Teacher Education Program offered by the University of Southern Maine offers a comprehensive approach to teacher education. This program is available with both nine-month and two-year options each totaling 33 credits. Tuition for this program costs approximately $13,790 but offers the highest level of competitiveness for those seeking teaching jobs in Maine.

The ETEP program places students in internships as soon as the second semester of their first year and offers the opportunity for every student to complete a year-long internship. ETEP students will also choose their own majors and are eligible to pursue a master's degree at the end of their undergraduate training, as well.

All students interested in pursuing certification through the Extended Teacher Education Program will need to complete the Praxis Core exam before applying to the program. Additionally, students will need to pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching and appropriate Praxis II content area exams before receiving a license.

Condition Teacher Certification

As an alternative to the Extended Teacher Education Program, teaching candidates can choose to pursue conditional licensing through the state of Maine. This initial license requires applicants to be recommended by a school district and most often occurs due to the absence of properly licensed teachers in a given subject area.

To receive full certification, a candidate must teach for one year and pass the Praxis Core, Praxis II, and Principles of Learning and Teaching exams.

Career and Technical Education Certification

For those candidates who intend to teach in a vocational field, Maine offers a career and technical education certification. This license allows an individual to teach in a secondary school to prepare students for an ever-changing workplace.

Candidates who wish to pursue a career and technical education certification must first hold applicable licenses in the career area in which they wish to teach. These individuals must also pass a criminal history background check and be hired by a school district. Additionally, candidates must pass the Praxis Core exam, pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam, and complete coursework covering curriculum and instruction, education assessment, CTE shop safety, classroom management, and literacy in CTE.

Alternative Licensing Resources for Maine Teachers

Additional information regarding licensing preparation for Maine teachers can be found through the link below.

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