Maine is confident that with improved standards, curricula, instructional practices and assessment, along with strong efforts to ensure that every learner has access to highly effective teachers, they will bring academic success to their students. Accordingly, Maine is focused on four core areas to making this goal become a reality: common standards, professional development, next generation evaluations for teachers and communities of practice. The four focus areas combined with high expenditure per student and increasing salary averages make for a compelling argument to teach math in the beautiful New England state of Maine.
Maine also has added perks like loan forgiveness programs, math professional organizations, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants that will support your personal growth as well as reward you financially. With the extremely small student to teacher ratio of 11.1, you will have the opportunity to help each of your students grow. Maine has a shortage of math teachers and offers reciprocal licenses.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to become a math educator in the great state of Maine, where you can take part in sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, skiing or snowshoeing.
Math Teacher Certification in Maine
Math Teaching Qualifications
Prospective teachers looking to earn their Maine teaching credential are required to complete the specified undergraduate coursework, pass the standardized tests and graduate from a state-approved certification program.
Credentials & Exams
The Maine Department of Education offers five different types of teaching certificates, based upon the applicant’s qualifications:
- Provisional Certificate: the initial certificate issued to new teachers (valid for two years).
- Professional Certificate: the standard certificate for Maine teachers. This certificate is usually issued to teachers who have a Provisional Certificate plus two years of experience (valid for five years).
- Master Certificate: this certificate is issued to National Board Certified teachers who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge of their content area (valid for five years).
- Conditional Certificate: prospective teachers lacking in six credits, or who still need to pass the basic skills exam, can apply for the Conditional Certificate. The certificate is good for one year while you fulfill any remaining requirements. Upon completion of the first year, the individual should apply for a Provisional Certificate.
Maine does offer reciprocal licenses for most states; however, prospective teachers must meet the content area assessment testing requirements and apply to the Department of Education for approval.
Finally, teachers are also required to pass the Praxis I Basic Skills tests in reading, writing and mathematics; the Principles of Learning and Teaching Test for the intended grade level; and the Praxis II exam for each subject area.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Maine does not offer an Alternate Certification Process.
Financial Aid for ME Math Teachers
- Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) offers certain repayment benefits and loan forgiveness for recipients of the Educators for Maine program. You may be eligible to have one year’s worth of loans forgiven for each year of return service as a full-time teacher.
- STEM4ME Grant – Available for Maine STEM Teachers: Up to five $5000 grants will be awarded to Maine public school teachers interested in creating real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, robotics and sustainable food production.
- Maine Girls Collaborative Project: Mini-grants are awarded to STEM focused programs primarily serving girls to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Maine
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Maine teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Maine are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in Portsmouth, NH-ME: average of $59,460 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Portsmouth, NH-ME: average of $57,300 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Bangor, ME: average of $56,940 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Portsmouth, NH-ME: average of $54,780 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Rochester-Dover, NH-ME: average of $53,860 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME||$53,010||$51,400||$51,660||$52,020|
Math Teaching Degrees in Maine
Below we've listed all of the Maine math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Maine Math Teachers
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Common Core Standards adopted April 2011; implemented 2012-13 Learn more about math standards for Maine here.
Teacher Shortages in MathMaine reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15.
Expenditure per Student: $10,414
Maine’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $10,414, or 94.1% of the national average. (Source: NEA