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Literacy Specialist Certification in Maine

Educators seeking certification as literacy specialists in Maine must complete graduate coursework and testing requirements. Here we explain certificate options and the specific steps educators need to take to obtain certification.

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Educators in Maine can develop a professional focus on literacy and teaching reading by seeking certification as a literacy specialist. Maine's statewide literacy plan, Literacy for ME, illustrates the state's emphasis on improving literacy skills and achievements. In Maine, becoming certified as a literacy specialist involves completing particular graduate education and testing requirements.

Average Salary for Literacy Specialists in Maine (2017)* $50,980 (for all Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors)
Required Degree Bachelor's plus graduate coursework
Degree Field Education, Literacy Education
Testing Requirements Praxis II: Reading Specialist, Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades K-6 or 7-12

Source: *U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Step 1: Complete Required Coursework

Educators who want to develop a specialized focus in literacy education can benefit from obtaining literacy specialist certification. In Maine, interested applicants must hold a bachelor's degree. To be granted a conditional certificate, they must also complete nine graduate hours in relevant coursework. Additionally, a conditional certificate requires either two years of teaching or holding a relevant professional certificate.

Beyond these qualifications, educators can obtain a two- or five-year certificate by completing 24 graduate hours in literacy, additional hours in a reading clinic, and experience teaching exceptional students. Graduate courses in this field often focus on assessment, instruction, and strategies for particular populations of learners.

Step 2: Pass Exams

To qualify for a professional certificate, educators must pass at least one Praxis exam: the Reading Specialist exam. This test requires a passing score of 164. Applicants who have not completed a teacher education program approved by the state must take a second exam: Principles of Learning and Teaching. For the exam focused on Grades K-6, a passing score is 160. For the version covering Grades 7-12, a passing score is 157.

Step 3: Submit Application

Finally, applicants for both conditional and professional certificates must submit an application and official college transcripts, pay an application fee, and pass a criminal history check.

Literacy Specialist Certification Resources:

Educators preparing for the required tests for literacy specialist certification may find these resources helpful:

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