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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
(36 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:

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

Students will consult their advisors and select three elective courses that concentrate in one area or identify an interdisciplinary theme across several topical areas. These areas might involve computer technology, special institutes, measurement, special education, multiculturalism, educational administration, counselor education or curriculum. This program has an exit requirement.

For expected outcomes, see Literacy Specialist: A Closer Look
Click here for a program sheet
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
Elective Requirements for Elementary Teachers 18
ERL 534 Literacy and Language Development 3
Electives (5 additional courses for 15 credits) 

Three of five courses must be in literacy. The remaining electives may come from any college or university program.

15
OR
Elective Requirements for Secondary Teachers 18
Three of six courses must be in literacy. The remaining electives may come from any college or university program, including English.

Click here for a program sheet
Contact:
Elementary Focus:  Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead
Secondary Focus:   Dr. Rich Kent

M.Ed., Literacy Education with a Concentration in Early Literacy
(33 credits)

This concentration provides educators working with children from birth to second grade with increased expertise in early literacy research, theory and practice. The 33-credit hour program, designed in consultation with an advisor, requires a core of 12-18 credits in early literacy, 3 credits in research, 3 credits in a practicum, and 9 or more credit hours from special education or literacy. Courses in the concentration are available as electives to students in other graduate programs.

Required Courses:

ERL 590 Literacy for Young Children: Birth to Age 8
ERL 517 Literature for Children
ERL 534 Literacy and Language Development
ERL 590 Designing Literacy Experiences for Inclusion
EEL 531 Observing Young Learners to Inform Instruction
EEL 542 Writing: Pre-school to Age 8
ERL 552 Seminar in Teacher Research  (prerequisite: 15 graduate credits in literacy)
ERL 601 Seminar in Reading (prerequisite: 15 graduate credits in literacy)
Electives (9 credits)

For additional information, review this program description
Click here for a program sheet
Contact: Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead

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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