Literacy Education

Reading and Writing Workshop: Graduate Students

Welcome Graduate Students! These pages describe the EDU 639 Literacy Practicum, also known as the "USM Reading and Writing Workshop".

The Practicum in Literacy Education is designed to be an intense capstone experience that prepares candidates for endorsement as a literacy specialist.  According to the International Reading Association, literacy specialists are responsible for 1) developing, leading or evaluating the school or district pre-K-12 reading and writing program, 2) supporting teacher learning, and 3) working with students who struggle with reading.  The practicum is intended to model an effective literacy program where graduate students assume these responsibilities and are expected to meet the competencies set forth by the International Reading Association.

2014 Timeline of Events

January 2014 An email will go out to Literacy Education graduate students to determine which students would like to participate in the Practicum.
January-February 2014 We will be examining transcripts of the students on the interest list to see if they are indeed eligible to participate in the practicum.
Third week of March 2014 We will send out an email to students individually to either confirm or deny your eligibility.  If we deny your eligibility, we will explain why.
Last week of March 2014 We will send out a notice to all those that are eligible explaining the next steps and how registration will work.
May 15, 2014 EDU 639 begins, grad students only, 4:10-6:40pm
May 22, 2014 Practicum, grad students only, 4:10-6:40pm
May 29, 2014 Practicum, grad students only, 4:10-6:40pm
June 5, 2014 Practicum, grad students only, 4:10-6:40pm
Week of June 23 Child assessment week
Week of June 30 Graduate student planning week
July 7, 2014 Workshop begins, children's first day
July 31, 2014  Workshop ends, children's last day


For More Information or Questions:
Jennifer Camire
Administrative Specialist
Literacy Education Program
218A Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus
Phone: (207) 780-5456