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The Maine Department of Education Certification Office administers the rules of the Maine State Board of Education relating to the issuing of credentials to persons employed in or under contract with public and approved private schools. Certification also evaluates the need for and proposes changes to legislation and regulations to serve the State's interest in enhancing teaching.
The rules establish requirements for entry level and renewal preparation and requirements for the certification of administrators, educational specialists, and teachers; the authorization for educational technicians; and the approval of criminal history record checks for all persons. Any person not required to have a certification or an authorization must have an approval.
Certification also implements the rules establishing the grounds to deny, suspend or revoke credentials and the procedures for taking administrative action against credential applicants and holders. Certification investigates allegations of misconduct or incompetence, reports information as necessary to appropriate authorities and allows public access to information and records, unless the specific information and record is confidential by statute.
NEW HOURS beginning July 1, 2015:
- In-person visits: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00AM - 3:30PM. Policy for processing in-person applications
- By phone: Monday through Friday from 9:00AM - 3:30PM
We are located at 111 Sewall Street, Augusta in the Burton Cross Building on the 5th Floor
**Please note that the Certification office will not be sending out renewal applications this year. We are in the midst of constructing our new online credentialing system that will be ready to go live in the spring. All will be instructed to create an account online where they will then renew their credentials. Please keep checking our website for information on when that site will go live. Thank you in advance for your patience and support.**