Provisional Certificate (ME)

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Provisional Certificate (ME)

Description
The Provisional Certificate is the first certificate for applicants planning to teach in Maine.

Certificate Valid for 2 years
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Maine
Contact Name: Certification Office
Contact Phone: 207-624-6603
Contact Email: cert.doe@maine.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/initial/index.html

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + 24 Hours
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching
Course needed: Methods of teaching foreign language (3 semester hours).
Student teaching may be waived upon documentation of one school year of successful credentialed teaching in Maine in the endorsement area.
Exam(s):

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Complete Advanced or higher for both ACTFLs or finish course hours.

Accept Scores from Out of State

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:
Special Education:

Course needed: Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom

Mental Health Training: Required

Notes:
Applicants may use Praxis or ACTFL for any of the endorsed languages.

ACTFL OPI, WPT
Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian
Passing Score: Advanced Level or higher if not using Praxis exam.

See: http://www.languagetesting.com/testing-for-teacher-certification for updated tests.

Student teaching may be waived for 1 school year of credentialed teaching in Maine in the Content Language

Native Languages – Waponahki languages subject matter competence: Applicant meets tribal proficiency standards to teach that tribe’s native language, documentation by recognized Indian tribe in Maine, or by the Chair, and whose signature in either case is attested by the Tribal clerk.

Teaching Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom
See: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/initial/exceptionalitycourses.html

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/initial/application/index.html
Form Mailing Address:
Department of Education
Certification Office
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=maine

Background Check
Required

Renewal: Nonrenewable
An applicant becomes eligible for a Professional Certificate by meeting the following requirements:

1) Holds a provisional certificate under which they are employed in Maine;
2) Has been employed under the provisional certificate for two school years;
3) Meets the standards for professional growth leading to competency established in Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 118;
4) Provides a positive recommendation from the certification support system following completion of an action plan for an initial professional certificate, which is based on a demonstrated proficiency of Maine’s standards for a teaching certificate.

Notes:
Processing time is estimated.

All school personnel are required to complete in-service suicide prevention awareness education training.

No Maine certification until fingerprints on file.
For more information:
http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/index.html

International transcripts required if from out of country. Find more information see World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/)

OR

Center for Educational Documentation (http://www.cedevaluations.com/)

An applicant becomes eligible for a Professional Certificate by meeting the following requirements:

1) Holds a provisional certificate under which they are employed in Maine;
2) Has been employed under the provisional certificate for two school years;
3) Meets the standards for professional growth leading to competency established in Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 118; and
4) Provides a positive recommendation from the certification support system following completion of an action plan for an initial professional certificate, which is based on a demonstrated proficiency of Maine’s standards for a teaching certificate.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
The provisional certificate is the initial certificate for teachers in Maine. It is the prerequisite for the professional certificate, regardless of the applicant’s prior experience, academic preparation, or certification status in another State. For teachers, the provisional certificate is issued with one or more endorsements that specify the subject area and the grade level for which the teacher is deemed qualified.

A provisional certificate is issued to an applicant who has met all of the requirements but has not taught for two school years in a Maine school with a Professional Learning Community Support System (PLCSS). Once an applicant has taught for two school years in a Maine school and been recommended for a five-year certificate by the local school district’s PLCSS, the full five-year certificate will be issued.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:44:53 PM


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