Initial Credentialing

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.



  • In-person submission of applications: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00AM - 3:30PM.
    • Members of the public are welcome to submit initial application materials to the Maine DOE Certification Office, rather than mailing.  Renewals must be processed through our online system.  Please refer to processing times in the upper right hand corner.
  • Questions by phone: Monday through Friday from 9:00AM - 3:30PM
    • Please also see our updated FAQ's