Literacy Education

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.

NOTE: M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (MTL) students enter Applied Literacy (APL) with 33 graduate credits taken during ETEP.

ETEP Elementary Candidates

EDU 565 Teaching Reading in Grades K-8 (taken during ETEP)
EDU 566 Teaching Writing in Grades K-8 (taken during ETEP)
EDU 514 Improving Teaching in the Content Areas through Literacy
EDU 511 Children’s Literature OR EDU 513 Adolescent Literature
EDU 521 Digital Literacies and Education
EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
EDU 607 Teacher Research in Literacy
EDU 621 Literacy Problems: Assessment and Instruction

Applied Literacy elementary teachers earn 18 credits beyond 33 in ETEP=51 total credits for M.S.Ed. in Applied Literacy

ETEP Secondary Candidates

EDU 514 Improving Teaching in the Content Areas through Literacy (taken during ETEP)
EDU 620 Reading Development and Instruction (may substitute EDU 565 Teaching Reading in Grades K-8)
EDU 626 The Writing Process (may substitute EDU 566 Teaching Writing in Grades K-8)
EDU 511 Children’s Literature OR EDU 513 Adolescent Literature
EDU 521 Digital Literacies and Education
EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
EDU 607 Teacher Research in Literacy
EDU 621 Literacy Problems: Assessment and Instruction

Applied Literacy secondary teachers earn 21 credits beyond 33 in ETEP=54 total credits for M.S.Ed. in Applied Literacy

Additional Coursework to obtain Maine certification as K-12 Literacy Specialist (subject to change as needed to align with state certification standards):

EDU 634 Seminar in Literacy Research
EDU 639 Practicum in Literacy Education (6 credits)

Students will also need evidence of two years of teaching experience and a passing score on the Praxis II exam for the Reading Specialist (5301).

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

Tk20 Subscription:

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed with in the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

Only students in the M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (ETEP or TEAMS) may apply to Applied Literacy.

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:

  • an Application for Admission to Applied Literacy program;
  • a brief (one- to two-page) statement explaining your reason for choosing to enter the Applied Literacy program;
  • 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 and recommendation for teacher certification.