To work as a teacher in Maine, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree and complete an teacher preparation program that includes educational theory-based courses, seminars and student teaching (internships) in area schools. In addition, you must pass assessment tests like the Praxis II and the PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test).
Unlike some states, Maine does offer alternate certification programs. Below are some of Maine’s top teaching colleges and universities.
Maine Teacher Certification & Specializations
There are teaching programs in Maine that offer certification programs in early elementary (k-3), early childhood education (B-5) special education, secondary education, and secondary education with math concentration. University of Maine offers several certificate programs in areas like early childhood teacher, autism spectrum disorders, classroom technology integrationist, educational technology coordinator, teacher-consultant in writing and positive behavior intervention and support. UM also offers doctoral degrees in education and STEM education.
Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in Maine
University of Maine at Augusta offers various teacher preparation programs in several areas, including secondary education 7-12, early childhood education B-5, early elementary education (K-3), elementary education (K-8), and special education (K-12). Some of these programs are offered jointly at the University of Maine’s Augusta campus and Presque Isle campus; some are also offered through distance learning.
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine offers bachelor’s degree programs in the following areas: education, elementary education, special education and physical education prep program. The programs at Saint Joseph’s are rich in field experiences. University of Maine offers teacher programs at every degree level. Bachelor degree programs cover areas of early childhood education, elementary education, child development and family relations, kinesiology and physical education, secondary education and athletic training.
University of New England offers a bachelor’s degree in elementary education as well as a secondary education program that comes with several areas of concentration. Thomas College offers bachelor degree teaching programs for students looking for initial teaching certification. These programs provide students with extensive student teaching opportunities.
Master’s in Education Degrees in Maine
University of Maine also offers several NCATE-accredited master degree programs in areas of educational leadership, elementary education & secondary education, higher education, human development, instructional technology literacy education, kinesiology and physical education, science education, social studies education and special education. Students in Master of Arts or Master of Science programs at UM must also complete a thesis.
University of New England offers master degree programs in education with concentrations in career and tech education; curriculum and instructional strategies; educational leadership; inclusion education; literacy education K-12); and teaching methodologies and concentrations. A variety of master degree teaching programs are also offered at the University of Southern Maine. These programs are aimed at teachers that hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in advancing their education and adding additional certifications to their credentials.
Online Teaching Degrees in Maine
UM-Augusta offers an online secondary education certificate for post baccalaureate students and online secondary education minor for undergraduate students. With the exception of the internship, all courses are 100% online. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine offers online certificates in school leadership and advanced graduate study: interdisciplinary studies. They also offer an online master in education degree with six areas of concentration.
University of New England offers several online master degrees in education programs. Kaplan University offers teaching students many options in online and/or hybrid programs, including bachelor and master degree programs that are offered at the Augusta campus.
All Accredited Teaching Schools in Maine
Featured online teaching schools currently accepting applicants from Maine
The following teaching degree programs are online, but are accepting applicants from Maine residents. We recommend that you contact 4 or more teaching programs to get more information on the multiple programs, then weigh your options and figure out which would be best for you.
Campus based teaching schools in Maine