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Literacy Education - Master’s in Literacy for Elementary or Secondary Education

The master’s program in literacy education (M.Ed.) offers a variety of options for teachers seeking additional expertise. For prospective literacy specialists, a 36-credit master’s program culminates in state certification. For K-12 teachers, we recommend the M.Ed. in Literacy Education, a program that features a combination of core literacy courses and electives. For preschool through grade two teachers, we offer a master’s degree concentrating in Early Literacy. Finally, for those seeking expertise in writing and new media, we offer an online, low-residency master’s program.

M.Ed. in Literacy Education – Literacy Specialist

(42 credits)

This degree program leads to Maine certification as a Literacy Specialist, K-12. Applicants must hold certification in either elementary or secondary education and have two years of successful teaching. Basic requirements consist of a core of required coursework in literacy and elective hours in related fields. Electives will be scheduled with advisor’s approval. Degrees are awarded on successful completion of courses and either a written comprehensive exam or portfolio submitted to the academic advisor during the last semester of coursework.

Required Courses:

EDS 510 Introduction to Educational Research 3
ERL 517 Literature for Children 3
Or
ERL 518 Literature for Young Adults 3
ERL 534 Literacy and Language Development 3
ERL 535 Current Practices in Reading Instruction 3
ERL 540 Writing in Schools and Colleges 3
ERL 552 Seminar in Teacher Research 3
ERL 553 Literacy Assessment 3
ERL 569 Clinical Practices: Teaching Children with Difficulties in Reading 6
ERL 601 Seminar in Reading 3
Plus electives in related fields (3 courses) 9

This program has an exit requirement.

Contact: Jane Wellman-Little

M.Ed. in Literacy Education

(33 credits)

This option is designed to further elementary and secondary teachers’ knowledge of literacy theories, practices, and research. Applicants must hold certification in either elementary or secondary education and have two years of successful teaching. The program does not lead to Maine certification. Students complete requirements in a required core of 15 hours in literacy. To fulfill elective requirements, students consult with their advisor to identify appropriate courses.

Required Core Courses:

ERL 517 Literature for Children 3
Or
ERL 518 Literature for Young Adults 3
ERL 535 Current Practices in Reading Instruction 3
ERL 540 Writing in Schools and Colleges 3
ERL 552 Seminar in Teacher Research (prerequisite: 15 graduate credits in literacy) 3
ERL 601 Seminar in Reading (prerequisite:  15 graduate credits in literacy) 3
EDS 510 Introduction to Educational Research 3
Elective Requirements for Elementary Teachers
ERL 534 Literacy and Language Development 3
Electives (5 additional courses for 15 credits)Three of four courses must be in literacy. The remaining electives may come from any college or university program. 12
OR
Elective Requirements for Secondary Teachers 15
Three of six courses must be in literacy. The remaining electives may come from any college or university program, including English.

Contact:

Elementary Focus:  Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead
Secondary Focus:   Dr. Rich Kent

M.Ed., Literacy Education-Individualized Program

(33 credits)

This low-residence option for teachers emphasizes the teaching of writing in real and virtual contexts. The course of study is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor and includes online academic year courses and on-campus summer options. The program also includes an online practicum guided by a writing mentor.

Required Courses:

  • EDU 580 Northeast Writing Institute
  • EDU 580 Literacy Institute

– Or –

  • ERL 590 Maine Writing Project Summer Institute
  • ERL 590 Digital Writing in Classrooms
  • ERL 590 Writing in Schools & Colleges
  • ERL 590 Seminar in Fiction
  • ERL 590 Seminar in Crafting Story

– Or –

  • ERL 590 Seminar in Memoir
  • ERL 698 Writing Practicum

Plus additional electives

Click here for a program sheet

Contact: Dr. Rich Kent


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