Teacher Certification

Educator Preparation Candidate Performance Data

Initial teacher certification candidates who complete all state approved program requirements; required credits, coursework, and fieldwork; and successfully pass the appropriate Praxis I and II exams are recommended to the state for certification. 

USM program completers from 2009-2013 have mean grade point averages (GPA) above a 3.0 on a 4-point scale:

Type

Mean GPAs

Undergraduate GPA

3.27

GPA in area of teaching/content specialty

3.26

GPA in courses on teaching methodology

3.90

 

USM program completers have mean Praxis I scores that are above both Maine state cut scores and national median scores:

Praxis Test

USM Scores*

Maine Cut Scores

National Median Scores**

Reading

182

176

Print test: 178

Computer test: 177

Writing

179

175

175

Math

182

175

178

*Mean scores for completers 2009-2013

**2013-2014

USM program completers exceed Maine’s Praxis II cut scores:

Certification Areas

ME Cut Score

USM Mean Scores*

General Elementary (K-8)

145

174

English Language Arts (7-12)

160

189

Math (7-12)

126

150

Social Studies (7-12)

157

177

Physical Science (7-12)

147

170

Life Science (7-12)

150

169

Special Education, (K-8, 7-12 Mild/Moderate)

157

179

English Language Learners (K-12)

144

170

*Mean scores for completers 2009-2013