Literacy Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in Literacy

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Literacy is designed to accommodate teachers and special education 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 a basic background in literacy. Students who complete program requirements receive official transcript recognition of their work and a certificate from the Literacy, Language, and Culture program. certificate completers are able to plan effective literacy instruction for their students.

Total Required Credits: 12
     EDU 511 Children's Literature or
     EDU 513 Adolescent Literature
     EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas through Literacy or
     EDU 521 Digital Literacies and Education
     EDU 620 Reading Development and Instruction
     EDU 626 The Writing Process

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

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree and relevant professional experience. 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

Deadlines: 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; and

  • Personal statement.

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.