Office of Educator Preparation

Maine Department of Education Policies

May 27, 2022

State Board of Education Adopts New Chapter 115 Regulations for the Credentialing of Education Personnel

On April 7, 2022, Governor Janet Mills signed into law new Regulations pertaining to Chapter 115, The Credentialing of Education Personnel. On May 11, 2022, the State Board of Education voted in favor of final adoption of Rule Chapter 115 and the new Regulations will become effective June 11, 2022.  The NEW Chapter 115 is now posted on the Secretary of State’s website: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/05/chaps05.htm

While we provide a general overview of the new Regulations, please visit the link and review the changes for your program and coursework that is required by the different Pathways to the credential. Please share any relevant changes with Kim Warren and our professional advisors. 

The new rules:

1. Adjust the grade spans covered by the General Education Credential 

  • The K-8 credential will become K-6. The 020 code, currently used for K-8, will not change, and will be used for the new K-6 grade span.
  • Secondary Teacher,  will become grades 6 through grade 12.
  • K-12 will become Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 Teacher.
    • Initial programs: 614 Music, 620 Art, 420 French, 440 Spanish, (all world languages are PreK-12), 660 ESOL. 
    • Advanced: 075 School Counselor
    • Grade spans in Special Education did not change and remain K-8 and 7-12
  • 092 Literacy Specialist has no grade span
  • 093 School Psychologist is birth to grade 12

2. Specify coursework to be completed by applicants seeking a credential at the Initial level. Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of

    1. a minimum of three semester hours in diversity-centered content related to today’s classroom (e.g., culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education, intercultural education, second language acquisition or world language teaching methods)
    2. a minimum of three semester hours in human development, educational psychology, developmental psychology, adolescent psychology, or child development
    3. an approved course for teaching students with exceptionalities in the regular classroom.

3. Praxis exams are no longer required. This applies to ALL credentials. Applicants who we do not recommend and who choose to go through transcript analysis, as opposed to completing an approved EPP, may choose to pass Praxis I, utilize a summative grade point average (gpa) of 3.0 for courses required for the certification, or submit a portfolio for review. 

LD 1189, Sec.3, provides 5 different scenarios under which a candidate is not subject to the new rules (effective June 11, 2022).

  1. A person who held an active credential or endorsement during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules;
  2. A person who held an active conditional certificate during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules;
  3. A program completer who qualified for a recommendation for certification as a teacher during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules;
  4. A person enrolled in an educator preparation program during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules; or
  5. A person who began the application process for professional teacher certification with the department during the school year preceding the adoption of revisions to the rules.