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Overview of Maine Testing Requirements

How to qualify for certification

For initial certification in Maine, all candidates must:

Important information

  • Maine requires a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Maine with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN may delay processing of your certification application.
  • ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing; however, Praxis tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.

Who must take the tests?

Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take the Praxis tests.

Prior to entering an educator preparation program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests to demonstrate your qualifications.

In Maine, you must also take the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessments for each area of certification you seek.

Becoming highly qualified

For information on becoming highly qualified, visit the Maine Department of Education site.

Alternate route to certification

Maine does not have a formally approved alternative route to certification. Applicants who have not completed a state-approved or nationally accredited educator preparation program are evaluated based on transcript analysis.

Have questions?

Find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a certified educator in the State of Maine.

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