Literacy Education

Reading and Writing Workshop: Graduate Students

Welcome Graduate Students! These pages describe the EDU 639 Literacy Practicum, also known as the "USM Reading and Writing Workshop".

The Practicum in Literacy Education is designed to be an intense capstone experience that prepares candidates for endorsement as a literacy specialist.  According to the International Literacy Association, literacy specialists are responsible for 1) developing, leading or evaluating the school or district pre-K-12 reading and writing program, 2) supporting teacher learning, and 3) working with students who struggle with reading.  The practicum is intended to model an effective literacy program where graduate students assume these responsibilities and are expected to meet the competencies set forth by the International Literacy Association.

2018 Timeline of Events

January 2018

An email will go out to Literacy Education graduate students to determine which students would like to participate in the practicum.

January- February 2018

We will be examining transcripts of the students on the interest list to see if they are eligible to participate in the practicum.

Third week of March 2018

We will send out an email to students individually to either confirm or deny your eligibility.  If eligibility is denied, we will explain why.

Last week of March 2018

We will send out a notice to all those that are eligible explaining the next steps and how registration will work.

Wednesdays, 4:10-6:40 pm on May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27

EDU 639 meets, grad students only, 4:10-6:40pm

July 9, 2018

Reading and Writing Workshop begins- children's first day

August 3, 2018

Practicum and Reading and Writing Workshop ends

Note: Course and workshop dates are determined, in part, by public school schedules. We have tentative dates for the beginning of the course and workshop, however these dates may change once we know when public schools will be closing.

For More Information or Questions:
Karyn Demmons
Administrative Specialist
Literacy Education Program
8 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus
Phone: (207) 780-5456