Maine has a variety of different options for completing a teacher certification program. These range from traditional teacher programs to alternative certification. You will find that Maine’s requirements are generally very simple to follow.

If you plan to follow a traditional teacher education program in Maine, you will need to locate a Maine approved institute of higher education that will be able to provide you with the training required for certification, including skills and knowledge activities. Teachers outside of the state of Maine may be eligible for a teaching certificate through the state’s reciprocity agreements with other states. This is especially true if you hold a valid certificate. Even if you have not completed a traditional teacher education program in Maine, you may still be eligible to teach in Maine through an alternative teaching certification program. Through this program, you will have your transcript analyzed, approved, and you will complete a training program that allows you to learn while you work as a teacher. Essentially, you must send in your official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework as well as complete the requirements for an Initial Maine Teacher Certification while you’re serving under your Conditional Certification. Every new teacher in Maine is required to complete fingerprinting and criminal background check requirements. You will also be required to pass the Pre Professional Skills Test, which is the competency exam for Maine’s Initial Educators.

Maine does not have any excessively large school districts, however, you should have no problem finding work as a licensed educator in the state’s larger population areas of Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, and South Portland. A good place to find teaching jobs in Maine is online at

As a Maine teacher, you will be required to complete a Teacher Action Plan during your two year certification. This action plan will vary for each teacher, but it is designed to keep your skills as an educator fresh and relevant for today’s students. Generally, you will be able to complete the requirements by taking college credit or attending your school district’s variety of professional development offerings.

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