Literacy Education

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 and Techniques
        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, MSEd in Applied Literacy with a Concentration in English as a Second Language (24 credits beyond initial teacher certification through MTL.)

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 

The Office of Educator Preparation at USM will consider, on a limited basis, individual requests for financial support to assist in payment of this fee for students who have challenging and extenuating financial circumstances (e.g. unexpected medical expenses; a sudden unforeseen life event that causes a dire financial burden). To apply for a subsidy, complete the application form on the Office of Educator Preparation web site under Tk20 (http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation).  Submit the application to Colleen Pleau in the Office of Educator Preparation (8 Bailey Hall) or via email (cpleau@usm.maine.edu). Applications for this subsidy must be received no later than four weeks following the start of a student’s matriculation semester by Kim Warren, SEHD Director of Student Affairs. 

After completing initial teacher certification, MTL students can apply for admission to the Applied Literacy with a Concentration in ESL program.

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, 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 and recommendation for teacher certification.

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