As of May 2018, Maine's Department of Education implemented a new online certification system for teachers. For prospective educators interested in secondary education, certification requires the completion of an approved education program resulting in a bachelor's degree. In addition, teachers must pass Praxis tests relevant to the grade levels and subjects they will teach.
Maine Secondary School Teacher Certification Requirements
|Average Salary for Secondary School Teachers in Maine (2017)*||$53,080 (Middle School); $52,940 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Secondary education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators; Praxis test on English, math, science, or social studies|
Source: *U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Education Requirements for Secondary Teachers in Maine
To begin a career as a secondary school teacher in Maine, prospective educators must complete a state-approved teacher education program. These programs grant bachelor's degrees and require core courses in liberal arts along with classes focused on education teaching methods, assessing students, educational psychology, and classroom management. In addition, students in secondary education degree programs pick an area of specialization reflecting the desired teaching area. Specializations include English, math, science, and social studies. Programs may require that students maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher. During the later years of study, Maine teacher education programs usually include field experiences and teaching internships.
Testing and Application Requirements for Secondary Teachers in Maine
In addition to completing a teacher education program, certification for secondary educators in Maine requires the passage of multiple exams. All educators must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills tests in reading, writing, and mathematics. For the reading test, the qualifying score is 156. A passing score for math is 150, and the writing test requires a score of 162.
To be certified in specific licensing areas, applicants must pass a subject-specific test relevant to the range of grades they plan to teach.
|Middle School Subject||Passing Score|
|High School Subject||Passing Score|
Once applicants have passed the required tests, they must submit an application and official transcripts and pay the application fee.