Professional Educator Admissions
The Professional Educator Program has rolling admissions. However, applying by a certain priority date will enable you to start your studies in a specific semester.
|*Priority Dates||For Intended Semester of Matriculation|
|By October 15||Spring Matriculation|
|By March 15||Summer Matriculation|
|My May 1||Fall Matriculation|
- Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Applicants who do not have a 2.5 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.
- Teacher certification (provisional or professional level)
Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300.
A complete application consists of:
- A submitted online graduate admission application
- An application fee of $65.00 made payable to USM
- Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including USM
- Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s knowledge of current scholarship, capacity to connect theory and practice in posing and solving educational problems, achievement of excellence in educational practice, and demonstrated capability and motivation to engage in advanced graduate study. Recommendations must be received either directly from the recommender or forwarded by the applicant on the official recommendation form (pdf) and in sealed envelopes with the recommender’s signature over the seal.
- A brief essay (300-500 words):
- Teaching is a learning profession. “When teachers stop learning, so do their students” (Roland Barth). How do you envision yourself as a teacher and a learner in the Professional Educator program?
- A completed and signed Teacher Credential Summary Form (pdf)
- A certification of finances (international students only)
Submission of official TOEFL scores (if English is not first language)
Testing Requirement: Students are not required to submit GRE or MAT scores. Applicants must submit proof of teacher certification, which can be in any area or from any state. Submit official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test if the applicant is an international student whose first language is not English. International students who have received their undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution may apply for a waiver of this requirement.
Transfer Credit: It is the policy of the Professional Educator program to accept six graduate transfer credits that are earned within five years of application to the program. For students who have completed an approved graduate certificate, all credits earned withint five years of application to the program may be applied toward the degree. Grades of B or better are required and a syllabus for each course submitted for approval upon application.
For previous work completed through the University of Maine System (UMS), up to twelve (12) credits may be accepted if the courses meet the requirements above and are equivalent to core courses or elective courses in the relevant USM program of study. Up to six (6) graduate credits completed at institutions outside of the University of Maine System may be accepted if the courses meet the requirements above and are equivalent to core courses or elective courses in the relevant USM program of study.
Transfer of more than twelve (12) University of Maine System credits or six (6) non-University of Maine System credits may be approved by the program coordinator and faculty. These credits may include certificate of graduate study program courses and professional development in-service graduate courses. Requests for the transfer of credits taken more than five (5) years prior to matriculation may also be evaluated and approved by the program coordinator and faculty.