Office of Educator Preparation

Certification Instructions

Are you ready to be Recommended for Initial Teacher Certification?

Have you completed these Program/Pathway requirements?

  • Passing Praxis Core scores

  • Praxis II content test(s) taken

  • Prerequisite coursework is satisfied

  • Grades are finalized (and verified) on MaineStreet

  • Standards Review is completed + documented in Tk20


Program Completers will now be able to submit their materials to obtain Initial Teacher Certification through the Maine Department of Education's (MDOE) new online Maine Educator Information System (MEIS). 

Follow these precise steps to obtain Initial Teacher Certification:


Submit your materials online ONLY after:

a) Spring 2019 courses have been graded . . .  AND . . .

b) Comment appears (upper left-hand corner) of your USM transcript.

You can verify this by checking your unofficial transcript on MaineStreet (under the "other academic" dropdown menu in your Student Center). The comment will state that you completed an accredited program and will note your certification area.

Please know that USM's Registrar adds this comment once Linda Evans (Certification Director, has verified all of your materials and has made the recommendation to both the USM Registrar and to the MDOE. Processing time for USM may be approx. 2-3 weeks.

Submitting transcripts without the comment will cause a delay and will require you to resubmit the proper materials to the MDOE. Application processing time for MDOE will vary due to the cyclical nature of applications. Current processing time is 3 weeks.

Once you see the comment on your transcript you are ready to follow these next two final steps to obtain Initial Teacher Certification:

1) Create an MEIS account:

Screenshots with detailed instructions: How to Create an Account (PDF)

2) Submit an initial application

Login to your MEIS account:

Screenshots with detailed instructions: How to Submit an Initial Application (PDF)

3) Check application status:

Visit the NEO Portal:

Note that there is a $100 application fee due to the State of Maine with your application


    For more information please contact:

    Linda Evans, Certification Director
    Office of Educator Preparation, USM
    8H Bailey Hall, Gorham, Maine 04038