Literacy Education Overview
Professor: Andrea Stairs-Davenport
Associate Professor: Alexander Lapidus (chair)
Assistant Professors: Melinda Butler
USM’s Literacy, Language, and Culture (LLC) Department 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 Literacy 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).