Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

How to Apply

ETEP student reviewing application materials.The University of Southern Maine (USM) is committed to ensuring that Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) teacher candidates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for success in the classroom. To ensure a high level of applicant qualifications, our required application materials include prerequisites mandated by the Maine Department of Education as well as materials required by the University.

Required Application Materials

Please review the Required Application Materials in our Course Catalog.

Because the application process includes academic preparation, taking the Praxis Core exam, and gaining relevant experience, we have provided additional details below to guide you through the application process.

We encourage you to contact our Academic Advisor with any questions.

Academic Preparation

  • Studying through ETEP will qualify you to teach in a specific certification area.
  • You will select your intended certification area as part of the application process.
  • You must submit proof of academic course credit relevant to your intended certification area.
    • This includes a bachelor’s degree and 24 credits specific to the content you intend to teach.
    • This requirement is mandated by the Maine Department of E

Bachelor's degree which includes at least:

  • 6 credits in math 
    • This includes courses related to algebra, calculus, finite math, geometry, number theory, probability, and statistics.
  • 6 credits in science
    • This includes courses related to:
      • Life science, including anatomy and physiology, biology, botany, ecology, entomology, environmental science, marine biology, and ornithology, and zoology.
      • Physical science, including chemistry, earth science, geology, oceanography, physics, and space science.
  • 6 credits in English 
    • This includes courses related to language development; composing and comprehending literature; analyzing language reading and writing across the curriculum, and research related to English language arts.
  • 6 credits in social science 
    • This includes courses related to anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science.

For certification in Secondary Teacher Education, you’ll focus on one specific content area. The prerequisites for each content area are listed below.

English Language Arts

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits in English or literature.
  • This includes courses related to language development, composing and comprehending literature, analyzing language reading and writing across the curriculum, and research related to English language arts.

Life Science

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits in life sciences.
  • This includes courses related to anatomy and physiology, biology, botany, ecology, entomology, environmental science, marine biology, and ornithology, and zoology.

Mathematics

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits in mathematics. 
    This includes courses related to algebra, calculus, finite math, geometry, number theory, probability, and statistics.

Physical Science

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits in physical sciences.
  • This includes courses related to chemistry, earth science, geology, oceanography, physics, and space science.

Social Studies

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits in social studies.
  • 12 of the 24 credits must include: 
    • 6 credits in US History
    • 6 credits in World History
  • Additional courses can be related to anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science.

World Languages

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 24 credits in a foreign language.
  • Please note: If applicants do not have 24 credits in this area, this requirement can also be met through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exam. Applicants must: 
    • Score advanced level or higher in the world language on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Test and the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test.
    • Learn more about the ACTFL exam.

We strongly encourage you to contact our Academic Advisor for an unofficial transcript analysis. The transcript analysis will determine if you have completed the required courses for your intended certification area.

If you do not yet have the required number of course credits in your intended certification area, there are two ways to complete this requirement:

  • 1) Complete course work; or
  • 2) Obtain a passing score on the CLEP exam.

1) Course Work

  • USM Courses: 
    • Use our Course Search tool to browse individual course listings.
    • Please note: Courses taken at USM in the summer immediately prior to entering ETEP should be taken as pass/fail so as not to impact your GPA.
  • Community college: A course requirement may be met through coursework at a community college if:
    • The specific course is part of an articulation agreement with a four-year accredited college or university.
    • Please note: We advise getting prior approval for the course through our Academic Advisor.
  • Deadline: Coursework may be in progress when you submit your ETEP application. You must complete the course by early July so that you can submit grades to ETEP by July 30.

2) The College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam

  • About CLEP: The CLEP Exam will measure your knowledge in a specific content area. If passing scores are obtained, the College Board will grant course credit.
  • Credit hour limit: A maximum of 6 credit hours of course requirements may be met through the CLEP Exam, per the Maine Department of Education.
  • Passing score: A minimum score of 60 is required to apply to ETEP.
    • Please note: This is higher than what the College Board considers to be a passing score.
    • If you do not obtain a minimum score of 60, you must wait 90 days before retaking the CLEP Exam.
  • Deadline: CLEP Exams may be in progress when you submit your ETEP application. You must submit your scores to ETEP no later than July 30.
  • Learn more about the CLEP Exam.

Relevant Experience

  • Formal teaching experience is not required. However, prior experience working with school-aged children and/or adolescents in an instructional or leadership situation is required for admission.
  • In order to maximize the success of student-teaching interns in the program, the admissions committee expects applicants to demonstrate enough experience working with school-aged children and/or adolescents to be able to explain why they want to be a teacher.
  • Prospective teachers are highly encouraged to work with children or adolescents in a long-term interactive environment such as a classroom aide, tutor, substitute teacher, or coach. Many applicants have also engaged in teaching at a religious school, leading youth groups, athletic coaching, mentoring, childcare, or camp counseling.

Application and Admission Timeline & Policies

  • January 31
  • Rolling admissions through May 1 if certain certification areas have openings.
  • January 31 
    • All application materials must be submitted by January 31 to ensure priority consideration.
  • Mid-to-Late February
    • Applications will be screened by faculty; selected applicants will be invited for an interview.
    • Applicants who are denied admission to the program will be notified in writing by the University’s Office of Admissions.
  • March
    • Interviews are held.
    • On the day of the interview, applicants will be surveyed about their fall student teaching internship placement preferences.
  • April 
    • Admissions decisions are finalized and candidates are notified.
    • If admitted into the program, candidates who wish to enroll are required to make a nonrefundable deposit that will be applied to their fall tuition.
  • May
  • July 30 
    • This is the deadline for admitted students to:
      • If you had not completed your undergraduate degree at the time of application, you must submit evidence of your completed bachelor’s degree.
      • If you were missing a content credit for your Certification Area at the time of application, you must submit your course grades or CLEP test scores. 
  • The ETEP faculty reserve the right to admit and retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, maturity, and personal suitability for teaching.
  • All students admitted to the program will be working with children in school settings and are therefore required by law to be fingerprinted through a process approved by the Maine Department of Education. 
    • The students are responsible for obtaining and paying for the fingerprinting and providing evidence of the results to ETEP upon admission.
  • The University will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences & internships, but placements are not finalized until the student has supplied all necessary documentation, passed all required background checks, and the school district has determined that the student will be allowed to work within the district.
  • Students should be aware that a criminal record could jeopardize state certification.
  • The program maintains the right to change admission and/or program requirements as needed to meet changes in state certification requirements.

Submitting Your Application

Refer to our Required Application Materials, which includes a link to the online application.

Questions?

If you have questions at any point during the application process please contact our Academic Advisor.