Literacy Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language

The Certificate of Graduate Study in English as a Second Language is designed to accommodate teachers, educational technicians, and other holders of baccalaureate degrees who do not want to complete all of the requirements for a master's degree but who wish to obtain foundational knowledge in English language learning. Students who complete the certificate program receive official transcript recognition of their work and a certificate from the Literacy, Language, and Culture program. Certificate completers are able to plan effective instruction for English language learners and may earn state endorsement in ESL if other requirements are met (hold provisional or professional teaching license, pass Praxis II ESOL exam).

Total Required Credits: 15
     EDU 557 Teaching Writing to Multilingual Learners or
     EDU 558 Content Based Curriculum for English Language Learners
     EDU 559 Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners
     EDU 561 Aspects of the English Language
     EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
     EDU 563 ESL Testing and Assessment

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree and an interest in English language learning. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Application Deadline:

May 1 for fall matriculation, October 1 for spring matriculation, and March 1 for summer matriculation.

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:

  • A submitted online graduate certificate admission application; including a $25 non-refundable fee;

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript;

  • Current resume;
  • Personal statement; and

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.