Initial Credentialing

Covid-19 Message(s) regarding Certification in Maine

  • Because we are not able to guarantee that someone will be available to assist you in person, we encourage you to utilize the online application.
  • We have been notified that IdentoGO locations in Augusta and Portland are the only locations open now in Maine due to COVID-19.  There will also by no mobile weekend sites.  IdentoGO is making contact with all applicants affected in an effort to reschedule.

Thank you for researching educator employment in Maine.  We are happy to help you through your journey of joining our Maine education field.  Here are a few items to get you started:

There are more than 150 different endorsements for Administrators, Education Specialists, Teachers, and CTE Teachers each with its own requirements.  Please see our certification home page for a requirements list for each of these endorsements.  This will help you understand which endorsement(s) you may qualify for. 

Most endorsements have three essential pathways to certification:

Pathway 1 - Approved Programs (Applications received from graduates of a Maine state approved educator preparation program.)

Pathway 2 - Transcript Analysis (Applications received without having attended a formal education preparation program.  These applications typically have multiple transcripts with the requirements piece-mailed.  Please ensure you include the transcript with your Bachelors confer date.) 

Pathway 3 - Interstate Agreement (We do not have direct reciprocity, but provide either a Conditional or Professional certificate depending on conditions listed below)

  • If you have taught for 5 of the last 7 years under the teaching endorsement being sought in Maine, have graduated from any state approved teacher education program, and have a valid certificate in the endorsement being sought, you may qualify for Professional Certification in Maine.
  • If you graduated from any state approved teacher education program and have a valid certificate in the endorsement being sought you may be eligible for a Conditional Certificate.
  • If you did not attend an approved program, your application will be reviewed in our normal transcript analysis pathway.

We recommend submitting your application with a resume, valid teaching certificate, all transcripts, and any tests you may have taken.

Note* - CTE endorsements do not require a Bachelor's degree and give greater weight to work experience.

For all applications we recommend receiving your evaluation letter prior to signing up for any tests or courses.  

Contact:

Please email us at cert.doe@maine.gov