Testing and Fingerprinting

Teacher scholars are required to be fingerprinted prior to beginning their student teaching practicum.


All public school educators in the State of Maine are required to be fingerprinted. Please be sure to schedule your fingerprint registration appointment for at least six weeks before the start of your practicum in order to ensure it is processed before you begin. 

Fingerprinting is a two step process:

  1. Create a MEIS account and submit a new application for CHRC and $15 fee to the Maine Department of Education. In MEIS select "Non Teaching Approval" for your endorsement selection to process the CHRC. You do NOT need to apply for your subject area certification or pay the associated $100 fee until the completion of Bowdoin Teacher Scholars. Step-by-step instructions are available here.
  2. Register with Identogo, Maine Department of Education's fingerprinting partner, and schedule an in-person appointment. They have a processing fee of $55. If you are located outside of Maine follow Identogo's instructions to mail in your fingerprint card.

Proof of CHRC application submission and Identogo registration are Bowdoin Teacher Scholars application requirements. Click on the Maine Department of Education Fingerprinting Requirements link for the most updated information and forms.

Praxis Testing

As a result of LD 1189, signed by Governor Mills in June 2021, candidates who successfully complete the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program are not required to take the Praxis Core or Subject Assessment exams to qualify for professional certification in Maine.