MSEd in Applied Literacy
The Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy program provides an opportunity for MTL students to complete their master's degree in a focused area (literacy). The program in Applied Literacy builds upon the curriculum and experiences of MTL and gives novice teachers increased skill in literacy instruction.
After completing initial teacher certification, MTL students can apply for admission to the Applied Literacy program. Although students may complete the 18 (elementary) to 21 (middle/secondary) credits required for the master's degree in approximately one and a half years, students have five years from matriculation in MTL to complete the Applied Literacy degree.
Elementary level (K-8) MTL students take 6 credits in literacy, EDU 565 and EDU 566, as part of the curriculum. Secondary level (7-12) MTL graduates complete 3 credits in literacy through EDU 514. At the end of the teacher preparation period, students have accumulated a total of 33 graduate credits, 3 to 6 of them in literacy, and have met the requirements for certification as classroom teachers.
Additional requirements to complete the M.S.Ed. in Applied Literacy:
1. All Applied Literacy Students must complete: (15 credits)
EDU 600 Research Methods
EDU 511 Children's Literature
or EDU 513 Adolescent Literature
EDU 521 Digital Literacies and Education
EDU 639 Practicum in Literacy Instruction (6 credits)
2. Additional requirement for K-8 teachers: (3 credits)
EDU 514 Improving Teaching in the Content Areas through Literacy
3. Additional requirements for 7-12 teachers: (6 credits)
EDU 565 Teaching Reading
or EDU 620 Reading Development and instruction
EDU 566 Introduction to Writing Process
or EDU 626 The Writing Process
Total: 51 to 54 credits, Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy (18 to 21 initial teacher certification through MTL)
4. Additional coursework to obtain Maine certification as a K-12 Literacy Specialist (subject to change as needed to align with state certification standards)
EDU 607 Teacher Research in Literacy
EDU 621 Literacy Problems: Assessment and Instruction
EDU 634 Seminar in Literacy Research
Students will also need evidence of two years of teaching experience and a passing score on the Praxis II exam (0300) for the Reading Specialist.
For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd
- Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
- an Application for Admission to Applied Literacy program
- application fee,
- a brief (one- to two-page) statement explaining your reason for choosing to enter the Applied Literacy program, and one letter of recommendation from a mentor teacher or administrator who has observed your work with students And official or unofficial transcripts of previous USM coursework in MTL with grades of B- or better