3 Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Maine
Want to become a teacher in the great state of Maine? If so, you have come to the right place. Below you will find a short article that lists the steps to becoming a teacher in Maine.
Step 1: Complete an Approved Teacher Preparation Program
To teach in the U.S., educators must hold at least an undergraduate degree. The state of Maine also requires students to complete a state-approved teacher education program to receive certification. Teacher education programs generally consist of two elements—curriculum and field experiences.
Curriculum typically includes instruction on teaching foundational skills, pedagogy (the science of teaching), and preparing students to research, create, and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Field experiences often include field observations, internships, student teaching, or a combination of all three. A list of accredited teacher education programs in Maine can be found on the Maine Department of Education’s Educator Preparation Programs page.
Step 2: Complete the Required Exams
Most U.S. states require exams to show expertise in basic skills as well as the subject area that you plan to teach in. Maine requires the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) for Basic Skills, the Praxis II: Subject Exams for Subject Area expertise, and the PLT: Principles of Learning and Teaching. Learn more about getting your teaching licensure at the Maine Department of Education.
Step 3: Submit a Maine Teaching Credential Application
Once you complete all of the education, examination, and experience requirements, you can apply for initial teacher licensure in Maine. Use the Application for Initial Certification. Send all of the required documents to the State of Maine Department of Education, Certification Office, 23 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0023. After submitting all the materials, you may check the status of your certification anytime online. Additional information concerning teacher licensure in Maine can be found on the Maine Department of Education’s Educator Preparation Programs page.
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