Sep 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literacy Education, Certificate of Advanced Study

The Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Education is designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to pursue advanced graduate study in literacy education and related areas. The CAS requires thirty credit hours of graduate coursework, including a capstone experience. Students may design a program to suit their needs for advanced study. The program will vary, depending on the focus of the CAS degree and the student’s goals. Students will have considerable choice in designing coursework and projects, and will work closely with a faculty advisor. Maine certification as a literacy specialist may be earned through the CAS with a careful program of study planning. Please consult your advisor upon admission for details.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 30

Electives (27 credits): With advisor consultation, students may select graduate courses in education or other disciplines that relate to their focus in literacy and contribute to their overall plan of study.

Required (3 credits):

CAS in Literacy students must complete the majority of their coursework at USM, and the majority of the courses must be related to literacy

For specific requirements please see the Literacy Education website at