The Maine Department of Education provides alternative pathways to certification for those who wish to teach but did not attend a teacher preparation program.
Interested in learning about the traditional approach? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Maine.
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You must have a bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited college/university to qualify for all of these programs.Program-specific educational requirements:
No experience is required to become enrolled in the ETEP or Conditional Certification Programs. If you are in the Troops to Teachers program, you may count six years of work experience to satisfy the bachelor’s degree requirement. Enrollment into the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program requires successful, documented prior experience working with children in a learning environment.
All of these programs will offer classroom experience of some sort, whether through a student teaching internship or actual classroom teaching (as in the Troops to Teachers and Conditional Certification Program).
As a part of the teacher certification process in Maine, you must submit to fingerprinting as part of a criminal history background check. Visit this site for information on having your fingerprints taken. You must pay the $55 fingerprinting fee. You will not receive a teaching certificate until the Maine Department of Education receives a cleared criminal history background check.
To obtain information on available teaching positions in Maine, check this listing for Maine school contact information.
For more information on alternative pathways to certification, contact the Maine Department of Education at 207-624-6603.