Literacy Education

Welcome to the Literacy Education Program
Welcome to the Literacy Education Program
Literacy Faculty
Welcome to the Literacy Education Program

USM’s Literacy, Language, and Culture (LLC) Program is committed to promoting 21st century literacy, multilingualism, and multiculturalism locally and globally by offering graduate certificates and degrees in Literacy Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Classroom teachers, educational technicians, adult educators, school administrators, international teachers, and those interested in teaching English abroad are encouraged to apply for a relevant program of study. Literacy Education certificates and degrees are based on the International Reading Association’s Professional Standards for Reading Professionals, which emphasize foundational knowledge; curriculum and instruction; assessment and evaluation; diversity; literate environment; and professional learning and leadership. TESOL certificates and degrees are based on the TESOL Professional Teaching Standards, which emphasize language; culture; planning, implementing, and managing instruction; assessment; and professionalism.

LLC program graduates pursue careers and professional experiences as literacy specialists, literacy interventionists, K-12 and adult education ESL teachers, ESL program directors, Title I directors, English as a Foreign Language teachers, and Peace Corps volunteers. Maine certified teachers may earn additional professional credentials as Literacy Specialists (Maine Certificate 092) and English as a Second Language Teachers (Maine Endorsement 660).

News & Events

Two current students and five recent graduates from the University of Southern Maine have been invited to share their work at the Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NNE TESOL) Annual Fall Conference, along with faculty member Dr. Andrea Stairs-Davenport, of the Literacy, Language and Culture Program.
The Marshwood Education Foundation Prize Patrol surprised its first Spring Grant recipient, Marshwood Middle School 7th Grade History teacher Andrew Rowe, on Friday May 15th. Mr. Rowe is currently pursuing an MSEd in Literacy at the University of Southern Maine and previously completed the Extended Teacher Education Program.
Sherri-Ann Lavallee working with students in her classroom. Courtesy of the Sun Journal
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has awarded Sherri-Ann Lavallee certification, making her a National Board Certified Teacher. Lavallee prepared for National Board Certification during her Certificate of Advanced Studies program in Literacy Education at University of Southern Maine.