Targeted Need Certificate (ME)

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Targeted Need Certificate (ME)

Applicant positions designated as having a shortage of fully certified teachers for individuals who are not eligible for any other certificate.
Certificate Valid for 1 year
Must not have a Provisional or Professional certificate
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Maine
Contact Name: Certification Office
Contact Phone: 207-624-6603
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA Degree
BA Degree + 6 Credits

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

24 credit hours required for Standard Certificate, but only 6 required for Targeted Needs Certificate.

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

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): Exams are language specific.

Course needed: Completed a minimum of 6 semester hours in the world language endorsement area being sought or earned a score of advanced level or higher on the ACTFL Writing and Oral Proficiency Interview

Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian
Passing Score: Advanced Level or higher

Native Languages – Wapanohki 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.

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:
Form Mailing Address:
Department of Education
Certification Office
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment
Verification of Search for a Certified Teacher
Confirmation of Mentor

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Renewable
The targeted need certificate may be renewed a maximum of two additional terms. See

1. Has a support team and a teacher action plan;
2. 6 semester hours of the requirements for the area in which the certificate or endorsement is issued or completion of all required coursework;
3. Qualifying scores for reading, writing, and math on the Pre-Professional Skills Test prior to the issuance of a second certificate
4. Has met the qualifying scores for all assessments prior to the issuance of a third certificate; and
5. Remains ineligible for a conditional, provisional, or professional teaching certificate or transitional endorsement
6. 6 semester hours of the liberal arts or content areas
7. Additional targeted need certificates may be issued if the applicant meets all of the following:
a. Remains ineligible for a conditional, provisional, professional certificate or a transitional endorsement.
b. Annually attempts to meet the qualifying scores for reading, writing and math of the Pre-Professional Skills Test prior to the issuance of a new targeted need certificate
c. English is not first language; and
d. Annually documents they are being tutored in reading, writing, or math, whichever is appropriate.

Review for all required documentation.

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No Maine certification until fingerprints on file.
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The applicant will be eligible for a targeted need certificate if they have completed 6 credits of coursework toward this endorsement.

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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