Initial Credentialing

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

Phone: (207)624-6603