Targeted Need Certificate

The targeted need. certificate is a Maine teacher's certificate for teachers who have not previously held a teacher's certificate in Maine and who have an outstanding offer for employment in a Maine public school or an approved private school.

The certificate is intended to meet a shortage of fully certified teacher applicants in certain areas. The targeted need certificate shall be issued with one or more endorsements which specify the grades and subject area(s) in which the teacher will be deemed qualified to teach.

An applicant shall be issued a targeted need certificate if the applicant meets the following requirements.

    1. Holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    1. Is not eligible for a conditional, provisional or professional Maine teaching certificate or transitional endorsement in the endorsement area to be taught
    1. Is seeking to teach in: special education, secondary mathematics, secondary physical science, secondary life science, a foreign language, industrial arts/technology, or at the discretion of the Commissioner, another endorsement area in which the employing superintendent documents a lack of certified personnel, or, at the discretion of the Commissioner in another endorsement area in which the employing superintendent documents an emergency that results in an immediate teacher shortage
  1. Meets the general eligibility requirements of section 2.1 of this Chapter and submits a completed application package as stated in section 3.1 of this Chapter.

The targeted need certificate must be renewed annually. A targeted need certificate will only be renewed if the applicant:

    1. Has a support team and a teacher action plan
    1. Has completed a minimum of six credits of approved study
    1. Has met the qualifying scores for reading, writing and math on the Pre-Professional Skills Test or the Computer-Based Exam prior to the issuance of a second targeted need certificate
  1. Remains ineligible for a conditional, provisional, or professional teaching certificate or transitional endorsement.

A targeted need certificate may not be renewed for any more than a total of two additional one-year terms.

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