April 16, 2018

Maine Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $40,737
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $37,670

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Maine schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Maine teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Maine-approved teacher preparation program.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Maine, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test
and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Maine has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Maine Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Maine for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the State of Maine Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
State of Maine Department of Education
Certification Office
23 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0023

Or you can call at (207) 624-6603.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Maine teacher certification process:

Maine Department of Education

Maine Teacher Standards – Quick Reference

Administrator and Teacher Certification