Teaching Degrees in Maine

Individuals interested in earning a teaching degree in Maine or who would like to teach in the Maine public school system need to know some imperative information about:

  • The benefits of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Maine teacher certification

A directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Maine and a list of additional resources is also included here.

Teaching Degrees in Maine

In Maine, teachers must have a bachelor’s degree in order to teach. However, to obtain certification, there are additional requirements that must be completed by both elementary school teachers and secondary school teachers. Sixteen colleges and universities currently offer state-approved teacher education and teaching degrees in Maine. Of Maine’s teachers, 37.9 percent currently hold a master’s degree. Teachers who hold a master’s degree typically earn a minimum of $3,000 more annually than their bachelor’s degree counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Maine

A variety of teaching grants and scholarships are available for those seeking a teaching degree in Maine, including:

Angela Pelletier (2006) Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to graduates of Biddeford High School or residents of York County who are attending the University of Maine at Farmington in pursuit of a degree in education.

Churchill Family Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to female students in pursuit of a vocal music education degree.

Educators for Maine
This forgivable loan program is available to students pursuing a teaching certification and is funded and administered by the state of Maine.

Esther Dachslager Scholarship
This scholarship is available to graduates of Cony High School who are in pursuit of an education degree.

Horton-Ricker Educational Fund
This scholarship is available to residents of Harrison. Preference is given to those who are in pursuit of a degree in education.

Isabel Grindel Condon Scholarship
This scholarship is available to Brooksville, Maine residents who are pursuing a degree in education.

Reginald and Mary Dority Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to Penquis Valley High School graduates who reside in Milo and are in pursuit of a degree in education.

Knute and Jane Holmsen Scholarship
This scholarship is available to graduates of Georges Valley High School who are pursuing a degree in education.

Ruth Monroe Schultz Memorial Fund
This scholarship is available to graduates of Piscataquis Community High School who are in pursuit if a degree in education.

Maine Teacher Certification

There are five types of teaching certificates available in Maine. These include:

  • Conditional Certificate – Issued to teachers who have not yet met the requirements to receive an initial certificate
  • Initial Certificate – Issued to individuals who have never held a teaching certificate in Maine
  • Provisional Certificate – A common teaching certificate issued to teachers in Maine and good for two years
  • Professional Certificate – A professional certificate is issued to experienced teachers and good for five years
  • Targeted Need Certificate – A one-year teaching certificate issued to teachers who are working in shortage areas and currently ineligible for one of the other certificate types

In order to obtain certification to teach in Maine, a bachelor’s degree is required. Teachers must also successfully pass the Basic Skill Test and the Praxis II testing for the desired instruction area. However, additional requirements need to be met as well.

Elementary and secondary school level teachers must have completed the following:

  • Six semester hours of the following liberal arts courses: English, mathematics, science and social studies
  • Maine approved teacher preparation program
  • Three semester hours of each of the following elementary education courses: elementary mathematics, elementary reading methods, elementary social studies methods and elementary science methods
  • One semester (fifteen weeks) as a full-time student teacher
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators exam
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching exam
  • “Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom” program
  • Fingerprinting and background checks are strongly suggested by the Maine Department of Education, but it is the school’s choice to require them.

Secondary school level teachers must also possess at least twenty-four semester hours in their chosen teaching area.

Important Note: Maine recognizes teaching certificates from other states. Although obtaining a teaching certificate in Maine is required, individuals holding certificates from other states are not required to complete the Principles of Learning and Teaching or the Core Academic Skills for Educators exams.

In order to maintain a teaching certificate and prepare for recertification in Maine, teachers are required to complete 75 continuing education units for the first endorsement and 30 units per each additional endorsement. These units must be completed prior to recertification.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Maine

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree in Maine and working as a teacher in Maine public schools.

Maine Department of Education
This is a comprehensive site of information about the Maine school public school system and teaching in Maine.

State of Maine Rule Chapters for the Department of Education
This site provides teachers with a comprehensive list of rules and requirements for receiving a teaching degree in Maine or maintaining one.

Maine Financial Aid
Find information on financial assistance for teaching degrees in Maine.

National Center for Education Statistics – Maine Education Data Profile
This data profile provides a statistical overview of student and teacher data for Maine.

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