Substitute teachers in Maine need not have a permit. However, they must meet certain requirements, based upon their educational backgrounds and areas in which they wish to teach.
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No experience is required for emergency substitute teachers. For all others, it is assumed that you have teaching experience, as you will be required to have a teaching certificate/coursework and/or substitute teacher training.
All teachers, regardless of their status, must submit to a criminal history background check as part of the employment process. After submitting an application for a substitute teaching position to your local school district, you will be given instructions on how to obtain a background check. Additional information including fingerprinting locations and scheduling can be found on this site. You are responsible for paying the $55 fingerprinting fee. You will not be allowed to teach in any capacity in a Maine public school system until your criminal history background check is cleared.
Some Maine schools will hire substitute teachers to work with one specific grade level and/or certification area, while others will not. Check with your local school district for their rules and regulations. Substitute teachers in Maine usually make about $60 per day without a degree and $70 per day with a degree. Long-term substitute teachers who are certified may make up to $110 per day.
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