How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Maine
If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Maine, the following information will help guide you through the process.
Maine Substitute Teacher Requirements
To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Maine, you will need to get a criminal background check and have your fingerprints taken, and then you will need to contact the school and school district you wish to work for to determine what that district requires of you. Each district requirements vary; some may require a bachelor's degree, while others may not. Follow the district of your choice and their application process. You can find a complete listing of Maine schools districts here, selecting the proper "sort by" box and mark whether you'd like to see public or private schools. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Maine, you may need the following:
- Fingerprint card and background check $55
- First Aid and CPR Certification (check with the district you wish to work for)
- Completed application submitted to the school district
Get Your Maine Fingerprint Clearance Card
There is a one time $55 fee for this finger printing process. Prior to being issued any type of Maine certification, you must have your fingerprints taken through a process approved by the Maine Department of Education. Here is a site you may register through and pay online prior to going to have your fingerprints taken. Should the need for immediate employment be necessary, and you have not yet received your fingerprint clearance card, this application may help you gain employment for up to 8 weeks until you receive your fingerprint clearance card. Here is an application for fingerprint approval in the state of Maine.
First Aid and CPR Certification
To receive a CPR and first aid certification, sign up through the American Red Cross CPR and First Aid classes.
Obtain Official College Transcripts
You may not need them, but it is a good idea to request your original college transcripts showing what education you have in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application to the school and district of your choice.
Complete Registration for and Take assessment Tests
In case the school and district you wish to work for requires you to, you can register for and complete appropriate assessment tests and include your scores with your application. If you are applying from out-of-state, you may not need to complete these assessment tests.
Complete Your Application for Certification
Next, download and complete the Maine Department of Education application for substitute certification. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the appropriate application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents. Your application fee is payable to Treasurer State of Maine in a cashier's check. You may also elect to use M/C or VISA.
Submit Your Application
When completed submit your application to the school and school district you wish to work for. You can find a complete listing of Maine schools districts here, selecting the proper "sort by" box and mark whether you'd like to see public or private schools.
Letters of Recommendation
While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Maine.
Substitute Teacher Pay in Maine
Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. The more education and training you have, the more experience you have, the more you will potentially make. On average a substitute teacher might make $85 each day teaching in an Maine classroom.
Substitute Teacher Jobs in Maine
If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Maine, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of Maine schools districts here, selecting the proper "sort by" box and mark whether you'd like to see public or private schools. Also, here is a list of teaching jobs in the State of Maine.
Resources for Teacher Certification in Maine
State of Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME. 04333-0023