Office of Educator Preparation

Praxis Information



Dear Educator Preparation Students,

On June 16th, Governor Mills signed LD 1189, which removes the Praxis requirement from the Maine certification rules. Students in initial educator preparation programs at USM will no longer be required to complete Praxis Core and/or Subject Assessments to graduate and earn certification. School Psychology, School Counseling, and Literacy Specialists students must continue to take their exam.

We hope that this is welcome news. Please work with your faculty and professional advisors to see how this positive development affects your progress in your program.


Andrea Stairs-Davenport

Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Development



Please contact Linda Evans,, Certification Officer, Office of Educator PreparationUniversity of Southern Maine


(REV. 7.1.2021)