Alternative Route to Teacher Certification
For post-baccalaureate students, UMaine Machias offers professional coursework leading to teacher certification in the following areas:
Elementary Education Teacher (K-8) Certification / 47 credits
Elementary Education Teacher Certification requirements include 24 credit hours in liberal arts: 6 credit hours in English; 6 credit hours in Mathematics; 6 credit hours in Science; and 6 credit hours in Social Studies. These courses may be completed prior to or after acceptance. Teacher Certification Programs require approximately 140 hours of classroom field placements, which may be accomplished in your local area school.
Secondary Education Teacher (7-12) Certification / 38 credits
Certification is offered in the fields of Art, English, Social Studies, Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics. In addition to education courses, 24 credit hours in the content area are required. These courses may be completed prior to or after acceptance. The program also requires approximately 90 hours of classroom field placements, which may be accomplished in your local area school.
Special Education Teacher (K-12) Certification / 42 credits
This program leads to Maine Department of Education Teacher of Students with Mild to Moderate Special Needs endorsement (#282).
The Special Education Teacher Certificate can be earned online. Learn more about registering as an online student here.
Why UMaine Machias?
- UMaine Machias has a proud history of teacher education. Many educators trained at UMaine Machias have gone on to receive teaching awards in Maine and beyond.
- Looking for flexibility? Our Special Education Teacher certificate can be earned online.
- Maine certification is generally transferable to other states and Canadian provinces. Due to our high Praxis cut scores, Maine has reciprocity with 40 states, New Brunswick, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Students should consult an advisor from the education faculty for specifics about this process.