Certification Requirements

We currently have two sets of regulations for teachers and the piece of statute below outlines which teachers qualify to use the old regulations. For everyone else, any applications received before June 10th following old Ch. 115, and everyone after follows new Ch. 115. If you have already had an evaluation, please reference your evaluation letter and contact us with any questions at cert.doe@maine.gov.

Statute Rules

3.  Application of rules revising credential qualifications or endorsements.   An amendment to the rules adopted to implement this chapter or chapter 502 that revises the qualifications for a credential or the grades or subject area endorsements for a professional teacher certificate does not apply to the following:  

  • A. A person who held an active credential or endorsement during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules;   [PL 2019, c. 584, §1 (NEW).]
  • B. A person who held an active conditional certificate during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules;   [PL 2019, c. 584, §1 (NEW).]
  • C. A program completer who qualified for a recommendation for certification as a teacher during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules;   [PL 2019, c. 584, §1 (NEW).]
  • D. A person enrolled in an educator preparation program during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules; or   [PL 2019, c. 584, §1 (NEW).]
  • E. A person who began the application process for professional teacher certification with the department during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules.   [PL 2019, c. 584, §1 (NEW).]

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