Maine's Alternative Certification and Mentoring Program

Maine’s Alternative Certification and Mentoring Program (MACM) offers a one- to three-year pathway of intensive, structured mentoring and support for conditionally certified special educators to work toward professional certification.

Conditionally certified special educators receive mentoring from an experienced special educator and take the required SED 598 course designed to meet the needs of new special educators. This seminar course counts toward credits needed for professional certification. Mentoring and coursework begin Fall 2018.

For Professionally Certified Special Educators, MACM supplements Maine Department of Education’s new Teacher Mentoring Training Materials with additional content training to prepare experienced special educators to mentor conditionally certified colleagues. Mentor Recruitment begins Feb. 2018. The MACM Mentor Training Institute will be June of 2018.

MACM is a partnership between the Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services and the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development.

For More Information, please contact:

Valerie M. Smith, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Maine’s Alternative Certification and Mentoring Program


Mentor Applications Now Being Accepted!

MACM is currently accepting applications for mentor teachers. For more information and to access the application click here.

New Resources!

A PDF overview of MACM presented at the MSMA and MADSEC conferences in Oct. and Nov. 2017 is now posted on our Resources page.

Spring 2018 UMaine System Special Education Course Listings are now posted on the Maine’s Alternative Certification and Mentoring Program website:

The UMaine Machias Fall Special Education Bulletin is available for download at the MACM Resources Page.