MSEd in Applied Literacy with a Concentration in English as a Second Language
The Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy with a Concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL) program provides an opportunity for MTL students to complete their master's degree in a focused area (literacy with an ESL concentration). The program in the ESL concentration builds upon the curriculum and experiences of MTL and gives novice teachers increased skill in ESL literacy instruction. Completion of the Master of Science in Education in Applied Literacy with a Concentration in English as a Second Language leads to the ESL endorsement on the candidate's teaching license for certified teachers who have passed the Praxis II exam (0361) for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
After completing initial teacher certification, MTL students can apply for admission to the Applied Literacy with a Concentration in ESL program. Although students may complete the 24 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, ESL Concentration 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 students 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.
Additional requirements to complete the M.S.Ed. in Applied Literacy with a Concentration in English as a Second Language(24 credits):
EDU 600 Research Methods
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 in the Classroom
EDU 563 ESL Testing and Assessment
EDU 639 Practicum in Literacy Education (6 credits, last course)
Total: 57 credits, M.S.Ed. in Applied Literacy with a Concentration in English as a Second Language (24 credits beyond initial teacher certification through MTL.)
- 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.
Applications must include:
- an Application for Admission to Applied Literacy program,
- application fee,
- a brief (one- to two-page) statement explaining your reason for choosing to enter the Applied Literacy, ESL 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