Teacher Preparation Programs

Thinking about a career in teaching?  Whether you’re interested in early childhood, elementary, secondary or special education, UMA either offers courses directly or works with other campuses to help you achieve your goals.

Teacher Preparation Programs

The Maine Department of Education sets the rules for teacher certification. Below are links to several important resources.


Maine Department of Education Chapter 115.

In this document you will find the requirements for all teaching endorsements. UMA's teacher education pathway programs fall under alternative pathway #2.

Fingerprint Registration

All school personnel must have their fingerprints taken and a criminal background check conducted. This link takes you to the registration form and provides locations where fingerprinting will be conducted.

Initial Certification Information

When you are ready to apply for certification or request an audit of your transcript, this page provides you with information regarding the information and documents you will need for certification.


Prior to certification, all teacher candidates must successfully complete the Core Academic Skills for Educators, PRAXIS II, and the Principles of Learning and Teaching assessments. Information about the content of the assessments and registration can be found here.


The new Core Academic Skills for Educators will be offered in two windows in 2013: October 7-19 and December 9-21. The cost for taking all three sections is $135.00. The cost for taking two sections is $125.00. Individual tests are $85.00. This test is only available as a computer test offered at testing centers across the state. The University of Maine at Farmington, Prometric Test Centers in South Portland or Bangor, and The University of Maine at Presque Isle. The tests may be retaken but there is a 21 day waiting period for a retake. The ETS website offers valuable preparation materials found at this link.