Pathways to Teacher Certification Begin at URock

University College at Rockland offers University of Maine System programs that allow people with or without bachelor’s degrees to obtain the credentials necessary to teach in Maine. Courses are offered on-site at the center, online, and through ITV and videoconference.

The options to earn certification in elementary education or in early childhood education are provided through a collaborative arrangement between the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Maine at Augusta. The programs offer pathways for those without bachelor’s degree as well as for those who have a degree in a different subject area but who wish to prepare for a teaching career.

A collaborative agreement between the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine at Augusta has created a special education certification program for off-campus students. Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from UMA while taking special education courses from UMM, including 15 hours of student teaching at a school district near the student’s home.

Students who have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college may seek conditional certification to teach in Maine. Maine utilizes “Transcript Analysis” to grant conditional licenses to teachers coming from another subject area, out-of-state teachers, and those looking to change careers. Applicants must meet academic requirements for the subject area in which they wish to teach and must pass state testing. Once the provisional certificate is issued, applicants can teach while pursuing the requirements for full licensure.

For more information about teacher certification programs, please contact University College at Rockland at 800-286-1594 or visit

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