Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Supplemental content for MSEd in Teaching and Learning (MTL) - Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Admission Information

For more detailed application information, please refer to the How to Apply webpage.

Applicant Qualifications

Minimum Requirements for Academic Preparation:

An earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program. Applicants who do not have a 3.0 overall GPA must enclose a letter asking for special consideration, in which they provide evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet eligibility requirements may be automatically denied.

Applicants must show completion of required academic content for the intended certification area (can be in progress at the time of application)

Praxis Core scores that meet the state of Maine's certification requirements (see detail in Testing Requirements)

Relevant Experience and Professional Potential:

  • prior experiences working with school-aged children in instructional or leadership situations
  • a learner-centered educational philosophy
  • self-knowledge, maturity, and sensitivity toward others
  • ability to adapt to, and learn from, new and challenging situations
  • excellent written and oral communication skills

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline:

  • January 31
  • Rolling admissions through May 1 only if certain certification areas have openings. See website for details.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee:Waived for all applicants
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: Please write a thoughtful response to the following prompt. The challenge of teaching is helping to ensure ALL students are provided with an equitable learning experience. What would a school look like that provides all students equal opportunity to learn? What practices to ensure ALL students are learning have you seen, know of, been a part of, or been inspired to emulate?
  • Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential for pursuing graduate level academic work, experience working with child and youth, and dispositions for being a professional teacher. Recommendations are easily submitted using our online application form. The recommendations should be from persons able to comment from direct knowledge of the applicant's potential for success as a teacher and graduate student.
  • Praxis Core Test report.
  • Catalog of Experiences (see below).
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center

University of Maine System

P.O. Box 412

Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation

Testing Requirements

All individuals seeking Maine teacher certification must achieve minimum scores on a basic skills assessment in reading, writing, and math. Praxis Core is therefore a requirement for admission into the M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (ETEP).  To pass Praxis Core applicants must have a composite score of 468 (or higher), including all scores within three points of passing.  Passing scores: Reading – 156; Writing – 162; Math – 150.

For information about the application process and special admission requirements of the Extended Teacher Education Program, contact the USM Office of Admissions, Abromson Center, Portland, ME 04104-9300, (207) 780-5306, or visit How to Apply.

Catalog of Experiences

Select a range of personal, educational or professional experiences working with children or adolescents that have been particularly significant in your development as a learner and a prospective teacher.  Reflect carefully on each experience indicating what you learned about children, your content, and yourself.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.

International Applicants  

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their USM program should be aware that a criminal history record check (CHRC), and finger printing, is required. Each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although the University will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification.