Office of Educator Preparation

Certification Instructions


revised 12/23/20

This update comes in response to Governor Mills' Executive Order that was originally released on May 13 (and has been extended several times - see next paragraph).

* The submission of Praxis exams is WAIVED for certification from March 15, 2020 until 30 days after the expiration of Governor Mills’ Executive Order (the State of Civil Emergency has been extended through January 30, 2021). Educators in the process of applying for initial certification will have the testing requirements waived.

* Praxis testing is not waived indefinitely.

* If you have already taken the Praxis II, please upload this along with your materials to the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) on-line portal when you are at that point (see steps outlined below).

* Do not rush to upload your materials to the Maine Department of Education's (MDOE) on-line portal (see below). You need to make sure that the comment has first been added to your transcript. USM Recommendations for Initial Teacher Certification will be made to the USM Office of Registration & Scheduling and the Maine Department of Education no sooner than June 8, 2020.

Please make sure to check the website on a regular basis.

Are you ready to be Recommended for Initial Teacher Certification?

When you complete your USM state approved & nationally accredited teacher preparation program, the next step will be to apply for and obtain initial teacher certification through the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) online portal.

 Have you completed these Program/ Pathway requirements?

  • Passing Praxis Core scores sent to USM and MDOE

  • Praxis II content test(s) taken
    • If you have not yet taken Praxis II, please be in touch with Linda Evans, USM Certification Officer,

  • Prerequisite coursework is satisfied

  • Internship/Student Teaching is successfully completed

  • Standards Review is completed and documented in Tk20

  • Spring 2020 grades are finalized (and verified by you) on MaineStreet


Linda Evans (USM Certification Officer; will verify all of your materials and make the recommendation to the USM Registrar. She will also recommend you in the system before you apply online (see Step 2).

USM’s Registrar will add the comment to your transcript. The comment will appear on the upper left-hand corner of your USM transcript (verify this by checking your unofficial transcript on MaineStreet under the ‘other academic’ dropdown menu in your Student Center).

Once the comment has been posted, you will need to obtain a copy of your official transcript with the confer date. You will need to upload a PDF copy of this transcript (see Step 2).

Processing time for USM may be approx. 2-3 weeks.

At this point, you are ready to follow the two final steps to obtain Initial Teacher Certification through the MDOE online certification system.

Note: There is a $100.00 application fee due to the State of Maine with your application.

Please follow these precise steps:

  1. Create a Maine Educator Information System (MEIS) account
  2. Submit an initial application

If these 2 steps are followed, the certificate is automated and should be issued within minutes. If for some reason there is an issue, it is difficult to know the exact processing time.


Check your application status by visiting the NEO Portal: NEO v1.0.0.0

For specific questions about your MDOE Application, please call the MDOE at 207-624-6603 or email the certification office at:


For more information, please contact:

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