Literacy Education

Empower learners and celebrate diversity in a collaborative, inclusive academic community. Blending practice, theory, and research in a cohesive program, we offer courses, certificates, and a master’s degree for practicing teachers. Learn more about Literacy Education.

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Implement literacy instruction to meet the needs of all learners

Aligned with the International Literacy Association’s Professional Standards, our curriculum integrates research and evidence-based practices.
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View our course format schedule

We offer a blend of online and on-campus courses. On-campus courses are held on weekdays in the late afternoon.

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Graduate Certificate: Advance your practice in teaching literacy

Gain the skills to plan effective literacy instruction. Credits earned in this program can be transferred toward the master’s degree.
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MS in Education: Earn your Literacy Specialist certification

Improve literacy instruction at your school. Our state-approved master’s program leads to Maine’s Literacy Specialist license (092).
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Post-Master's Certificate: Take on a leadership role

Our self-designed program is ideal for classroom teachers, administrators, and other educators and can lead to Maine’s Literacy Specialist license (092).
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Our alumni: Maine Teachers of the Year

In our learner-centered professional community, we blend tradition with innovation to explore the challenges that readers and writers face today.

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Southern Maine Writing Project

As the hosts of this National Writing Project affiliate, we partner with regional education professionals to extend our reach into the community.
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Questions about our program? We would love to tell you more about the benefits of graduate study at the University of Southern Maine!