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Literacy Education

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

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TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Promote equity and inclusivity for English language learners (ELLs) and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. We offer certificates and master’s degrees for state ESL endorsement, initial ESL teacher certification, and for advanced education in TESOL. 



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Congratulations to recent MSEd inTESOL graduate Jude Marx. Jude has joined the Telling Room as Lead Teacher in Publications. Jude co-leads the Young Emerging Authors Program and Publishing Workshop, and coordinates and leads residencies and field trips. 

Jude Marx, grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and relocated to Maine to study English and Education at Bowdoin College. Jude pursued their passion for teaching multilingual learners through a teaching Fulbright in Puebla, Mexico and four years teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Maine public schools. Jude holds a MSEd. in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages from the University of Southern Maine and is deeply committed to partnering with young people to transform our educational systems. A poet and artist herself, Jude believes in the power of creative storytelling as a tool for community building and empowerment.

Congratulations to Christine Albert in her new position as the Literacy Support Teacher at Wentworth Intermediate School. Christine is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Maine with an MSEd in Literacy Education. 

Embracing Diversity 

The Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture celebrates, welcomes, and embraces the diversity of students, faculty, staff, families, and the community. We recognize that, as lifelong learners, we must continuously explore, study, analyze, and critically discuss matters of culture, equity, access, and diversity. We welcome learners of all backgrounds, including culturally and linguistically diverse students as well as English language learners. We offer an inclusive environment and a culture of mutual respect that fosters an atmosphere of collegiality and kindness. We are a multicultural and international community. Recognizing the challenges that learners face today, we seek to address such challenges and create solutions for today and tomorrow.