Suzan J. Nelson
Suzan J. Nelson

Director, Online Education Program

Ed.D., Walden University

"Alternate Route" Secondary Certification

The online Master of Science in Education program will meet many states' professional requirements for "alternate route" secondary certification. We would be glad to work with your state's certification office to see if the alternative pathway is an option. You may work to fulfill Maine's alternative route. Many states allow for certification reciprocity.

Available courses to fulfill the alternative route for Maine 7-12 teaching certification:

  • ED 512 Educating the Exceptional Student in the Classroom (3 credits online)
  • ED 523 Teaching Methods in Secondary Education (3 credits online)
  • ED 590 Student Teaching (12 credits - 15 weeks in a classroom)

In addition, alternative route applicants in Maine need to hold a bachelors degree, earned 24 credit hours of post-secondary course work in the endorsement area, pass 3 Praxis exams, and complete a background check.

The Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam is required in Maine for the alternative pathway for certification as it is in many other states. Visit the Praxis website for more information. Though certainly not required, some students find the following courses provide valuable knowledge for passing the Praxis PLT exam:

  • ED 505 Curriculum Design, Development and Assessment
  • ED 512 Educating the Exceptional Student in the Classroom
  • ED 515 Instructional Strategies
  • ED 516 Standards-Based Learning and Teaching
  • ED 522 Educational Psychology
  • ED 523 Teaching Methods in Secondary Education
  • ED 555 Assessment and Evaluation Techniques

“Alternate route” School Leadership Certification

Both the School Leadership Degree concentration and the School Leadership graduate certificate are guided by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) icon. These standards are built into the online master’s degree courses at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. The School Leadership Internship (ED 580) specifically addresses each of the ISLLC standards in a practical, professional, and applied manner.

Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC)

Standard 1

An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders.

Standard 2

An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

Standard 3

An education leader promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Standard 4

An education leader promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

Standard 5

An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

Standard 6

An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.