Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (TCP) Admissions

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1

All employees of school systems and persons employed by others on behalf of school systems who are not certified or authorized will be required to obtain a Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) approval from the Department of Education based on fingerprints. Approval is not intended to reflect the individual’s qualifications or ability to perform the job assigned. Please visit the Maine Department of Education for more details regarding the “approval credential.”

PLEASE NOTE: If applicant has the Ed Tech III Certification, a copy may be submitted as proof of fingerprinting in place of the approval credential mentioned above. However, it is not necessary to obtain an Education Tech III certification from the State of Maine for application to the TCP program.

Admissions Requirements


The Teacher Certification program is for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and are interested in a career in teaching. Certification may be obtained in elementary/middle education (K-8), secondary education (7-12) or art education (K-12). Secondary certification areas are: life science, physical science, social studies, English or mathematics.

After completion of this certification program, a student is eligible to enroll in the Master of Science in Education degree program with a concentration in Teaching Methodology (MSM). The MSM is available only to UNE students who have completed the Teacher Certification Program. This program is a 30 credit master’s degree encompassing 15 graduate credits from the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) and an additional 15 credits online that have been designated to satisfy Department and state requirements for certification in areas of elementary education (K-8), secondary education (7-12), or art education (K-12). The remaining 15 credits will be completed following initial teaching certification. These credits are from a totally online graduate program with in depth study in the areas of professional learning communities, differentiation, motivation and action research.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Submit official report of passing scores on all sections of the PRAXIS I.
  • Submit official copy of Education Tech III certification from the State of Maine or satisfy the Maine Department of Education student security clearance.  Documentation of this security clearance must be submitted as a part of the application.  The procedure for meeting security clearance requirements is available from the Maine Department of Education

NOTE:  UNE does not accept students for student teaching only, regardless of whether a state transcript analysis shows that all other academic and professional education requirements have been satisfied


  • Applications for admission are submitted through the UNE online application.  Submission of the online application will include a personal statement, names and email addresses of three reference letter writers
  • Applications for new students will be accepted for the summer, fall, and spring terms. 
  • Students may enroll in no more than two (2) TCP courses (a maximum of 6 credits) through the Office of Continuing Education before applying to the program.  EDU 502 must be one of the two initial TCP courses.  Students do need to understand that registering for courses as a non-matriculated student will prohibit the student from enrolling in the same semester as a matriculated student.  Also, students are not eligible for financial aid to cover the cost of coursework completed as a non-matriculated students
  • Applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME, 04103
    • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    • Official report of PRAXIS I scores (Praxis II report of scores are required for students applying for secondary education certification who do not have a minimum GPA of 2.5)
    • Official copy of Education Tech III certification or approval credential from the State of Maine Department of Education
  • Completed applications submitted and completed by the deadline, will be considered by the Admissions Committee.  Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline for one term will be reviewed on a space available basis; or for admissions into the next available term.
  • International students and students with international degrees must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution.  See International Admissions. 
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university.  UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions If applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and score received by the application deadline 

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the TCP Website.

policy exceptions

The Teacher Certification program and the TCP Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.


  • Individuals who have full acceptance in the Teaching Certification Program can transfer up to, but no more than (6) education credits from other universities.
  • In-service or workshop-type courses that do not carry college credit will not be accepted for transfer equivalency.
  • No courses of any kind will be accepted from other institutions after your acceptance into the program at UNE without a course equivalency granted prior to the course’s being taken.