Art Teacher Certification in Maine

Prospective K-12 art teachers in Maine must apply for certification after completing state education and testing requirements. Read on for specifics on required coursework, degrees, exams, and application procedures.

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Maine public schools include art as part of the curriculum and, through Maine Learning Results, support standards designed to help every student develop proficiency in the arts by high school graduation. Prospective art teachers in Maine must complete specific education requirements addressing both art and education to earn one of three certificates. However, they must pass exams to be considered for any level of certification.

Maine Art Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Maine (2017)* $53,190 (Elementary School), $53,080 (Middle School), $52,940 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education with a focus on art
Testing Requirements PRAXIS I: Core Academic Skills for Educators; PRAXIS II: Art; Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (conditional)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Prospective art teachers in Maine must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. This degree must include at least nine semester hours in art history/theory and 15 semester hours in studio art or performance. In addition to a background in art, approved programs offer instruction in teaching methods and philosophies. For certification purposes, up to six semester hours may be earned by passing CLEP exams. This portion of the requirements is referred to as Section A.

In Section B of the requirements, completion of a practice teaching experience or successfully teaching in Maine for one school year is necessary. Teachers are also expected to take two more courses: teaching exceptional students and methods of teaching art, which consist of three semester hours each.

Finishing both sections of the education requirements ultimately leads to a professional certificate.

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Step 2: Take Exams

To be eligible for certification, Maine art teachers must complete several testing requirements. First, they must pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators Praxis tests. For the reading test, a passing score is 156. The math test requires a passing score of 150, and the writing test has a passing score of 162. The total composite score must be at least 468. Additionally, teachers must pass the Praxis Art: Content Knowledge test with a score of at least 158.

Prospective art teachers who have not completed an approved teacher education program need to pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching test. For the version focused on Grades K-6, a passing score is 160, and for the test focused on Grades 7-12, a passing score is 157.

Step 3: Complete Application and Get Certified

To complete the certification process, Maine requires an application, official transcripts and Praxis exam scores. Applicants must also pay a fee and be fingerprinted for a criminal history check.

Once approved, prospective teachers are awarded a certificate. For those that completed Section A of the education requirements a one-year conditional certificate is given, which can be renewed. Additionally, practicing teachers who have completed six semester hours of coursework can qualify for a transitional endorsement.

After all education and testing requirements are met, teachers earn a professional certificate which is valid for five years.

Certification Resources for Maine Art Teachers:

As you prepare for your exams, you may find these resources helpful:

Praxis Test Guide

Praxis Art Exam

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