To begin substitute teaching in Maine you will need to contact the school districts you are interested in and find out their employment requirements. Here you will find a complete list of Maine schools districts. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Maine, you need the following:
- Fingerprint card and background check $55
- First Aid and CPR Certification (check with the district you wish to work for)
- Completed and submitted application
Get Your Maine Fingerprint Clearance Card
You must have your fingerprints taken through a process approved by the Maine Department of Education. There is a one-time $55 fee for this process. 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
Get your official college transcripts, sealed and unopened showing your degree even though they might not be required. Remember to submit them with your completed application.
Complete Registration for and Take assessment Tests
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 by cashier’s check or credit card. Submit your completed application to the school and school district you wish to work for.
Letters of Recommendation
Many Maine school districts ask you to submit letters of recommendation along with your application for substitute teaching. It is a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation for professionalism and because most school districts will require these recommendations at the time of application.
Substitute Teacher Jobs and Pay in Maine
The best way to find employment is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you’d like to teach. Here you can find a complete listing of Maine schools districts. Daily rates for substitute teaching vary by district. Substitute teachers can make $85 a day teaching in Maine.
Resources for Teacher Certification in Maine
State of Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME. 04333-0023