Teaching Education Degrees in Maine

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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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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.

  • teaching programs in Maine accredited by CAEP
  • Consider an Online Bachelors, as there are 0 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • Consider an Online M.Ed., as there are 0 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Maine

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.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Requirements to Teach in Maine

The traditional path to certification in Maine requires the candidate to have a Bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program that is typically part of the curriculum for the Bachelor's degree, and pass Praxis exams that demonstrate fundamental abilities in mathematics, writing and reading.

They must demonstrate competency in the subject(s) to be taught by passing the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments. Online programs have to be appropriately accredited and approved. Maine requires applicants to submit to a criminal background check. Fingerprints are taken through an approved processing company.

Many private schools prefer hiring educators with a state of Maine issued teaching license. Maine has a tiered licensing structure that recognizes highly qualified teachers. New teachers receive a Provisional certificate, valid for two years.

They advance to a Professional certificate, valid for five years, after two years of teaching and completion of new teacher orientation. Pursuing a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is encouraged. The state of Maine recognizes those educators with a salary supplement that continues each year the certificate is valid.

Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

Only 50% of high school graduates from Maine go to postsecondary education. The rate is among the nation's lowest and puts young people in Maine at a disadvantage. The cost of college often prevents high school seniors in Maine from choosing higher education.

Many scholarships reward athletic and academic achievement. The Mainely Character Scholarship makes character count. It rewards exemplary behavior of an individual and makes education possible for deserving students from Maine.

To be eligible for the Mainely Character Scholarship award, applicants must be residents of Maine. Anyone with a high school diploma and entering the first year of a Title IV eligible postsecondary institution is eligible. A personal interview and a written essay that demonstrates the principles of concern, responsibility, integrity, and courage are used to make an award based on character. It is not a renewable scholarship.

The NEHE Tuition Break Program provides a tuition discount to residents of New England when they enroll in approved out-of-state degree programs of public universities and colleges in the New England states.

Requirements for In-State Tuition

There are not a lot of out-of-state students who attend college in Maine. There are enough to develop guidelines for in-state tuition. Getting in-state tuition favors those who have their heart set on attending college in Maine and willingly delay an application longer than the typical person might be.

Maine is on the harsh end of the gap-year spectrum. It is useless to apply to a university without a one-year history of living in Maine for a purpose other than education. Though the gap-year requirement is harsh, the state only requires 50% financial independence.

Students can accept help from friends and family. When a student is granted in-state status, he or she keeps the status unless something such as being a dependent on someone else's tax return disqualifies them. Maine is a Regional Student Program member with limited agreement of reciprocity among the select Northeastern State.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of the Best CAEP Accredited Teaching Degrees in Maine

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 CAEP-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.