Education Academy

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Measurable skills gain

Method of Delivery

In Person

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs. 131017



Course Description

The purpose of the Education Academy will be to prepare foreign trained teachers and new Mainers who are interested in working in an educational setting with the competencies needed to be successful. The Academy will combine coursework with a practicum experience in a local public school. Students will also work to improve their English language skills to meet the requirements to be employed as an Education Technician III and/or a substitute teacher in the Portland Public School district. The program will consist of 5 separate courses taught over two modules for a total of 13 weeks.

Courses include:

An Overview of the US Education System

Teaching that Promotes Student Learning

Educating all Students: Exceptionality and English Language Learning

Classroom Management

Technology in the Classroom


In addition to the coursework and practicum experience students in the Academy will also receive:

Improved English proficiency necessary to be employed as an Ed Tech III and/or a substitute in the PPS

Support regarding the steps necessary to apply to Maine Department of Education (MDOE) for Educational Technician authorization

Support to apply for Initial Teacher Certification with the MDOE

Financial support for fees associated with the Ed Tech authorization and teacher certification applications including: fees for translation and evaluation of transcripts, fingerprinting, and MDOE application fees

Educational advising for the student’s next steps after the conclusion of the Education Academy, such as assistance with job search activities, additional English or computer courses to prepare for meeting MDOE teacher certification course or PRAXIS test requirements.

Career guidance and advice will continue to be offered by NMRC as students are pursuing their teacher certification

Additional possible financial support includes: childcare, transportation, fees associated with necessary health and/or dental needs, and future scholarships

Student Eligibility Requirements:

Target Population: Foreign trained teachers who are interested in working as an Educational Technician III and/or a substitute teacher and who are also pursuing teacher certification

English skills equivalent to Language Arts 100 and above

Have work authorization

Access to college transcripts and diplomas

Meet income eligibility requirements to receive scholarship (details in table below)

18 years and older


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements

Combination of Education and Course(s)


Portland Adult Education

WIOA Approved Program


Curriculum Competency Based


Training Location(s)

Portland Adult Education

Local WIB

4 - Coastal Counties Local Area 4

Name of Credential

Education Technician III

Type of financial aid offered or have access to


Refund Policy


Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

In-State/District Tuition


Total In-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

25-9099.00Educational Instruction and Library Workers, All Other
$15.00 per hour
Required Certification: Education Technician III

Provider Status



14 Locust Street, Portland, Maine 04103

Phone Number

(207) 874-8155

Fax Number

(207) 773-0151

Web Address

Last Updated

Jan 21, 2021


Dec 21, 2018


Jan 02, 2020