Office of Educator Preparation

Teacher Certification Resources


Praxis Information

Subscribing to TK20

Candidacy Process & Materials

Fingerprinting & Criminal History Record Check (CHRC)

First Steps in Getting Started in Your Internship (unique to each district)

USM Core Diagram with Teacher Education Course Information

Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathways Powerpoint Presentation (coming soon)

Faculty Liaisons by Major & Certification Area (coming soon)

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation:  Overview

When pursuing teaching as an undergraduate at USM, your academic program will consist of three parts: the USM Core Curriculum, a content major, and professional teacher preparation.  Successful completion of these will fulfill all requirements for teacher certification in Maine.

USM Core Curriculum

The Core curriculum is a set of requirements for all undergraduate students including an interdisciplinary entry year experience; college writing; cultural interpretation; quantitative reasoning; creative expression; socio-cultural analysis; science exploration; ethical inquiry, social responsibility and citizenship, a nine-credit thematic cluster, and a major capstone.


A strength of teacher preparation at USM is that for students graduate with a full degree in a chosen major. Students select majors that align with subjects taught in classrooms. This design assures that students who are going to be teachers graduate from USM with strong content preparation. The ideal vision is for students to bring their passion and fascination of a subject to the children in their classrooms. The undergraduate majors at USM that currently have pathways to teacher certification are:

Major Leads to Certification In
Art Education K-12 Art
Biology 7-12 Life Science
Chemistry 7-12 Physical Science
English K-8 or 7-12 English Language Arts
Environmental Science 7-12 Life or Physical Science
Geography-Anthropology K-8 or 7-12 Social Studies
History K-8 or 7-12 Social Studies
Math 7-12 Math
Music Education K-12 Music
Natural and Applied Science at LAC K-8 or 7-12 Life Science
 Physics  7-12 Physical Science
Self-Designed STEM K-8 Education major K-8
Social and Behavioral Sciences at LAC Early Childhood Education

Professional Teacher Preparation

At USM professional courses and experiences are integrated through out a student’s career. Nearly every education course includes a field experience where students have the opportunity to observe and apply what they learn in real educational settings. The culmination of teacher education pathways at USM is a yearlong sequence that connects theory and practice. During this year students complete an internship in schools where they apply their learning in concurrent pedagogical courses. Students also attend a seminar where they form a community of learners; discuss issues from their practice and the field at large; and develop their skills as reflective practitioners. 

USM is committed to having its students graduate well prepared for their first year of teaching with a solid academic and pedagogical foundation, both of which serve them in the classroom and future life endeavors.

Subscribing to Tk20

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an educator preparation program or pathway at USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation.

To purchase your Tk20 account, you will need to access the USM Tk20 login page: In the center of the screen, click "Click here to register your student account." Once purchased, you will receive an email stating that your account has been activated. It can take up to 2-3 days to activate your Tk20 account.