Becoming a Substitute Teacher in Maine

Jan 02, 2019

In Maine, substitute teachers are hired by each school district. Pay varies, but can be quite competitive in this market. For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in Maine, check out this article.

In 2017, there were 2,200 substitute teachers in Maine according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, Maine reports that there is a shortage of substitute teachers in the state. If you'd like to learn how to become a substitute teacher in Maine, check out the guide below.

Requirements for Maine Substitute Teachers

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Maine (2017)* $23,790
Required Degree High School Diploma
Required Field N/A
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Substitute Teachers in Maine

As with many states, Maine does not have state certification for substitute teachers. Instead, each school district is required to complete their own hiring process, including requirements. However, you'll find that the minimum requirement is a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED). After you have been hired, it is up to the superintendent to register you as a sub with the state. As mentioned above, there is currently a substitute shortage in Maine, and as incentive to stop this, several districts have increased the daily pay for subs.

Background Check

If you plan to work at a Maine school in any capacity and you are over the age of 18, you must go through the fingerprinting process. This will require a background check as well. Though teachers need not be fingerprinted again if they work in the same district for more than five years, substitute teachers are required to undergo this process every five years regardless of employment.

The process for this is fairly simple. First, you'll complete the Application Approval Form for fingerprinting and pay the $15 fee associated with it. You will then register with IdentoGO and pay the $55 background check processing fee. After this, you'll be given an ID number and confirmation of payment. You will then go to a local fingerprinting location approved by IdentoGO and have your fingerprints scanned digitally. There are no longer paper fingerprinting cards being sent out. After that, the FBI will run a background check for criminal history.

Other Requirements

Since each school district requires different things, its best to be prepared for whatever requisites may be asked of you. It is also a good idea to consider what qualities might make you more marketable. Some of these options that could be asked for or will be helpful for your resume include:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Copies of birth certificate or citizenship papers
  • CPR training
  • Personal essays

Maine Substitute Teacher Certification Resources

There is no exam required to become a substitute teacher in the state of Maine. However, should you like to earn certification, or national certification through the NBPTS, consider using the following sources to help you prepare.

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