Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Literacy Education, M.S.Ed.

The Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education, an advanced certification for teachers, provides students with a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base relating to literacy acquisition. The purpose of the program is to enable students to become informed decision makers who are capable of designing and implementing appropriate up-to-date instruction in reading, writing, listening, and speaking at all levels. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective advocates for improving literacy instruction in their schools. The program is designed for classroom teachers, literacy teachers, and other experienced educators whose primary responsibility is helping students to become competent users of language.

The Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education is a 36-credit online program. Most courses are taught in a  7-week, asynchronous format.


Program Requirements

Literacy Education

Program Requirements (36 credits)

Second Tier Courses (12 credit hours)

To earn Literacy Specialist licensure from the state requires evidence of two years of teaching experience for the Reading Specialist. Evidence of this is an additional graduation requirement.

All students will complete an online portfolio documenting evidence of meeting professional standards in their areas of expertise.

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Please note Professional Education Council Policy: In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the Maine Department of Education for certification, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to their state-approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system.

Recommended Course Sequence

Students should plan to complete First Tier courses before Second Tier courses.