In an effort to encourage students' healthy lifestyles, the Maine Department of Education has implemented statewide standards for physical education in its K-12 schools. Prospective educators who want to support this objective can pursue careers as physical education teachers. Certification in this field involves completing an approved education program including coursework in physical education. Teachers must also pass Praxis exams and complete an official application.
Maine Physical Education Teacher Certification Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Maine (2017)*||$53,190 (Elementary); $53,080 (Middle School); $52,940 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Education, Physical Education Teacher Preparation|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis I: Core Academic Skills; Praxis II: Physical Education|
Source: *U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education Requirements for Maine P. E. Teachers
Physical education teachers in Maine are required to hold a bachelor's degree. Graduates with at least 24 semester hours in physical education can be granted a conditional teaching certificate. To qualify for a professional certificate, candidates must also complete three hours on teaching exceptional students and three hours on P. E. teaching methods. Additionally, professional certificates require the completion of student teaching or one year of successful teaching in the state.
Some state-approved teacher education programs offer degrees specifically tailored to prepare graduates to teach physical education in grades K-12. These programs provide a general education base along with classes covering education methods and theories. They also include a focus on topics specifically relevant to physical education, like anatomy, physiology, and health.
Testing and Application Requirements for Maine P. E. Teachers
Once prospective teachers have completed Maine's educational requirements, they must pass Praxis tests. The Core Academic Skills for Educators exams cover reading, writing, and mathematics. For reading, a passing score is 156. For writing, teachers must earn a score of 162. A passing score for the math exam is 150. Additionally, physical education teachers must pass the Praxis Physical Education: Content Knowledge exam with a score of at least 149.
For a conditional or professional certificate, applicants must pass a criminal history check. They must also submit an application and application fee. Finally, a completed application package must include all official transcripts.