The Maine DOE must certify every teacher in the state before he or she is able to start working in the classroom.
To apply for initial certification evaluation, please follow the seven steps below.
You may receive an evaluation for a certificate before having your fingerprints taken. However, prior to being issued any type of Maine certification, you must have your fingerprints taken through a process approved by the Maine Department of Education. Please visit our Fingerprinting web page for more information.
Download the Initial Certification Application (DOC, 51KB) and complete page 1.
On your application, list the appropriate certificate or endorsement code (see guide on page 2 of the application) and the grade level in which you're interested.
Send only official college transcripts. The transcript must show your degree and date conferred, Social Security number (when possible), all courses for which you have received credit, the registrar’s signature and the embossed seal. We do not accept copies of transcripts, scanned transcripts, or computer generated grade reports. If you have transcripts from colleges outside the United States, you must submit a foreign transcript evaluation completed by a company who is a current member of NACES as shown on their website All transcripts and degrees must be from an accredited college, whether the college is inside or outside the USA.
If you already hold a Maine certificate in another area, you do not need to send transcripts that you have sent to us previously.
Note for Career and Technical Education teachers & school nurses: You must send a resume of paid work experience related to your endorsement area. The resume must include dates, number of years/weeks in the position and descriptions of work experience.
CTE Teacher Certification in Maine
Individuals wishing to become CTE teachers have a number of paths they can follow to reach that goal. Below are resources to assist in that process.
Fees must be enclosed in your application packet. Please make checks payable to "Treasurer, State of Maine." You may also elect to use a credit card, in which case you may write your card number and expiration date directly on your application.
Explanation of "Yes" Responses
If you answered yes to: