Literacy Education

Our Program Options

Our online degree and certificates:

  • Online Master's of Education (MSEd) in Literacy Education:
    • We are excited to now offer an online, 7-week format for certified teachers.With six sessions per year, we allow teachers to begin their program at the most convenient time for them.
    • Designed for certified educators.
    • State-approved program; leads to Maine's literacy specialist license (092).
    • Learn more: Read about our program requirements, course sequence, and application information.
    • This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization and Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, and for contact information to inquire further about the licensure requirements associated with this program.
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Literacy Coaching:
    • Courses are offered in an online, 7-week format with six sessions per year.
    • Designed for experienced literacy educators to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to coach PreK-12 teachers in effective literacy instruction and promote professional learning in schools and districts.
    • Students who complete this certificate will be able to develop a vision and goals for a comprehensive literacy program; coach classroom teachers and other school professionals in the literacy curriculum; collaborate with school leaders and teachers to interpret assessment data to inform instruction; advocate for equitable, culturally and linguistically responsive literacy instruction; facilitate integration of digital literacies in support of school goals; and lead professional learning experiences for individuals and groups in support of teacher inquiry and effective decision making.
      • Criteria for admission includes successful completion of a master’s degree in literacy or a closely related field and two years of classroom teaching experience.
      • Learn more: Read about our program requirements, course sequence, and application information.
    • Certificate of Graduate Study in Literacy Education:
      • Courses are offered in an online, 7-week format with six sessions per year.
      • Designed for anyone interested in learning more about literacy.
      • Interested in earning your master’s in the future? Credits earned through this certificate can be transferred to the online MSEd program.
      • Learn more: Read about our program requirements, course sequence, and application information.