Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Maine
For aspiring Maine teachers, ToBecomeATeacher.org has compiled a toolkit of insights and data to help guide you along the way. First, we describe the key steps you’ll need to take to become a licensed Maine teacher and find a rewarding position in the teaching field.
1. Choosing a Program: Before anything else, you’ll need to find a teaching program that supports your budget and short- and long-term career goals.
- To ensure you select a program that meets your needs, ask the following questions: Are you concerned about the cost of the program? Is student debt a consideration? Does the program’s graduation rate or reputation matter? Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue and does the program offer this specialization? Do you ever see yourself teaching across state lines and if so, will the degree lead to licensure in other states? If there are restrictions, where are they applicable?
2. Planning for Licensure in Maine: In Maine, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and an education degree and write the state’s applicable teacher licensure exams.
3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed Maine’s required licensure exams, you can launch your teaching career.
- At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? What are your lifestyle priorities? Do you see yourself teaching in a school located in a rural area, town or city? What are your salary expectations? During this stage of the process, you should also keep developing your resume, gaining additional education and networking with local educators. This will help you to enter the job market in Maine with a competitive edge.
Choosing an Education Program in Maine
ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that choosing the right program isn’t always easy. To assist you with this task, we have streamlined the process. Using a complex algorithmic tool developed to respond to the specific needs of aspiring teachers, we have ranked the top education programs available in Maine for 2015. Total expense, student-to-faculty ratios,potential earnings, graduation rates and return on investment are among the criteria we’ve analyzed to help determine which Maine teacher preparation programs rank highest.
Every school ToBecomeATeacher.org lists below is committed to the pursuit of excellence. These programs comprise Maine’s very best. Find out which ones stand above the rest by reviewing the information posted below.
University of Maine at Fort Kent
University of Maine at Machias
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine
University of Southern Maine
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
|#||Name||Expense Score||Acceptance Rate Score||Graduation Rate Score||ROI/Value Score||Student to Faculty Score|
|1||University of Maine at Fort Kent||8.6||5.2||4.55||8.6||4.3|
|2||University of Maine at Machias||9.2||3||3.25||9.2||7.8|
|3||University of Maine at Farmington||7.1||3.1||5.99||7.1||6.5|
|4||University of Maine||6.5||3.4||6.09||6.5||2.8|
|4||University of Southern Maine||7.8||3.2||3.39||7.8||4.3|
|8||Saint Joseph's College of Maine||2.2||3.7||5.66||2.2||7.8|
Ranking Factors Explained
Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.
How to Become a Teacher in Maine
There are several pathways one can take to become a licensed teacher in Maine:
- Pathway 1: The most common pathway is to complete a bachelor’s degree and approved education program and to write and pass the state’s required teacher exams, which include the Praxis I and II exams.
- Pathway 2: The second common pathway to licensure in Maine is to complete a bachelor’s degree and then to complete a post-graduate degree leading to teacher licensure (e.g., a Master of Arts in Teaching); candidates who pursue this option must also pass the applicable Praxis I and II exams.
- Pathway 3: Another option for candidates who already hold at least a bachelor’s degree is to pursue conditional certification. A conditional teaching certificate allows one to teach in the state for a set period of time while they obtain any additional qualifications needed to become fully certified.
What is the Teaching Job Outlook in the State of Maine?
In 2014, there were 7,120 elementary school teachers, 2,570 middle school teachers and 5,450 high school teachers in Maine. The average salary for Maine teachers was $49,110, which is below the national average and below the average for teachers in the Northeast. Job prospects for Maine teachers over the next decade will hold steady or decline; this is largely due to projections that the state’s population will not expand significantly over this period. Nevertheless, anticipated retirements at all levels of the profession will result in a small number of openings for Maine teachers each year.
What Resources are Available for Teachers in Maine?
- The primary governing body for education in Maine is the Maine Department of Education; the Maine DOE is responsible for overseeing educational policies, testing and teacher licensure.
- Maine’s teachers are represented by the Maine Education Association (MEA); the MEA hosts conferences and seminars, offers grants and scholarships to teachers, and advocates on behalf of teachers and students statewide.
- Subject-specific educator’s organizations in Maine include the Maine Science Teachers Association, the Maine Environmental Educators Association, the Maine Art Education Association and the Maine Music Educators Association.
What online programs are available to potential teachers in the State of Maine?
The University of Maine offers several M.Ed degrees through its online program; notably, all of these degrees, including its M.Ed in Elementary and Secondary Education, are designed for practicing Maine teachers hoping to advance their careers through additional education. The University of New England also offers several master’s degree for practicing teachers seeking additional credentials to move into specialist and administrative positions in the school system.