Where in Maine Can I Receive Training to Become a School Teacher?

Find schools in Maine offering teacher training programs. Learn about programs offered, tuition, and prerequisites to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

In order to become a teacher in the state of Maine, you must first complete your bachelor's degree in teaching, and may even want to pursue a master's degree. The following schools in Maine provide a variety of degree programs, from elementary education to specific degree types, to help you meet your educational goals.

What You Need to Know

You can prepare for a teaching career in Maine through 4-year bachelor's degree programs and 2-year master's degree programs. Bachelor's degree programs are available as B.S. and B.A. degrees, with subject area and education concentrations such as biology and secondary education or elementary education. Standardized test scores and a background check are required for admission to the major. You can expect to complete classroom instruction and field and clinical teaching experiences, as well as developing a portfolio. These programs prepare you for initial teaching certification.

Graduate programs at the master's degree level are offered as M.A. in Teaching, M.S. in Education, and Master of Science in Education in Teaching and Learning programs and can take 1-2 years to complete. You can typically specialize in a subject area and teaching level; dual certification programs are also offered. To apply, you need a bachelor's degree, minimum GPA, standardized test scores, eligibility for security clearance and relevant experience. It's also possible to complete the teacher certification program independent of the master's degree program. Keep reading to see if one of these programs is right for you.

Teacher Preparation Bachelor's Degree Programs in Maine

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

St. Joseph's College of Maine offers programs leading to teacher certification in many content areas. If you choose elementary education, you'll need to select a concentration in English, math, science or history. If you want to teach special education, you can add a semester of schooling and become dual-certified in elementary education and special education for children in kindergarten through grade eight. To qualify for secondary education certification, you can major in a content area and minor in secondary education. All programs leading to certification require you to take courses in education theory and methods and complete a student teaching requirement in a real classroom.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Specialization Areas: (B.S.) Biology and secondary education, chemistry and secondary education, elementary education, special education and elementary education, physical education/teacher preparation (B.A.) English and secondary education, Latin and secondary education, history and secondary education, mathematics and secondary education,
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition and fees: $32,620 per year for in-state students and for out-of-state students (as of the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Admission Requirements: Two recommendation letters, interview (optional)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 2,933 students (1,887 undergraduate)

University of Maine

The University of Maine offers several programs that enable you to become a teacher, with numerous specialization options from which you can choose with help from a faculty advisor. You'll apply to the Teacher Candidacy program as you prepare to enter your junior year. Throughout your training, you can gain experience working with students at area schools. If you major in early childhood education, you can intern at the Katherine Miles Durst Child Development Learning Center, an on-campus nursery school. You're also required to maintain a portfolio showing your educational progress.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Specialization Areas: Athletic training, elementary education, kinesiology and physical education, secondary education
  • Program Length: 120 credit hours; some programs require more
  • Tuition and fees: $10,610 per year for in-state students, $28,880 per year for out-of-state students (as of the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisites: To student teach, students need passing scores on the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II, as well as the ability to pass a background check
  • Admission Requirement: College preparatory curriculum
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 11,286 students (9,339 undergraduate)

University of New England

Through the University of New England's Department of Education, you can become certified to teach by majoring in elementary education or art education. To teach at the secondary level, you'll need to major in English, biology, marine biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental studies, political science, history or math and take education courses as well. After you've completed 60 hours of study, your grades will be reviewed to see if you can move on to advanced standing. All programs include courses in teaching and field experiences and internships in real classrooms.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
  • Specialization Areas: (B.S.) Elementary education; (B.A.) Art education; (B.A. or B.S., depending on major) Secondary education,
  • Program Length: Four years, full-time
  • Tuition and fees: $34,760 per year for in-state students and for out-of-state students (as of the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 6,429 students (2,749 undergraduate)

Teacher Preparation Master's Degree Programs in Maine

University of Maine

If you have a bachelor's degree and would like to teach, the University of Maine offers a master's degree program that leads to teacher certification in several areas at the secondary level and in foreign languages for all grades. This is a full-time, intensive program, and you're advised not to take on even a part-time job. You'll study education theory and teaching methods and spend time participating in internships at local schools.

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Specialization Areas: Social studies, English/language arts, mathematics, foreign language, life science, physical science
  • Program Length: One year, full-time
  • Tuition and fees: $7,524 per year for in-state students, $23,940 per year for out-of-state students plus $1,124 in fees per year (as of the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences with at least 30 credit hours in your teaching content area
  • Admission Requirements: At least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), PRAXIS I test, experience working with students, recommendation letters, essay, GRE scores (for scholarship consideration)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 11,286 students (9,339 undergraduate)

University of New England

The M.S.Ed. program is for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a subject other than education and want to earn their teaching certification. You complete 15 hours in a teacher certification program in elementary, secondary or art education, and then earn your master's by taking 15 hours of online core courses. Your courses give you a foundation in teaching, and you learn through experience in real classrooms. You can also complete the teacher certification program without enrolling in the master's program.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • Specialization Area: Teaching methodology
  • Program Length: 30 credit hours
  • Tuition and fees: $22,449 per year for in-state students and for out-of-state students plus $723 in fees per year (as of the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, ability to pass the Maine Department of Education security clearance, Education Tech II certification in Maine
  • Admission Requirements: Passing scores on the PRAXIS I, students with a GPA below 3.0 must pass PRAXIS II subject tests in the area in which they intend to teach
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 6,429 students (2,749 undergraduate)

University of Southern Maine

You can earn a master's degree and certification in elementary, secondary or special education through the University of Southern Maine's Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP). The nine-month program offers certification in elementary or secondary education. In a two-year program, you can earn dual-certification in elementary and special education, elementary and English as a second language or secondary education in a content area and special education. The Newcomer program is offered in collaboration with Portland Public Schools. It trains teachers who are recent immigrants or speak a language other than English. All of the ETEP options feature small class sizes and close relationships with mentor teachers.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Education in Teaching and Learning
  • Specialization Areas: Elementary education, secondary education, special education, elementary education and special education, elementary and ESL education, secondary education and special education
  • Program Length: Nine months; two years for dual certification programs
  • Tuition and fees: $6,840 per year for in-state students, $18,468 per year for out-of-state students plus $830 in fees (as of the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in appropriate discipline
  • Admission Requirements: At least a 2.5 GPA in undergraduate work, PRAXIS I, experience working with children in an educational or leadership role
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 8,428 students (6,628 undergraduate)

The University of Southern Maine, The University of New England, The University of Maine, and Saint Joseph's College of Maine all offer degree programs in teaching in the state of Maine.

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