Office for Prior Learning Assessment

Seal of Biliteracy

Beginning in 2019, the Maine Department of Education will award the Seal of Biliteracy to qualified high school students in order to recognize student achievement in language learning.  Students who are proficient in English and an additional language may earn the Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating their skills on an approved assessment. Students receive a seal affixed to their diploma and the Seal of Biliteracy will be listed on their high school transcripts. 

Information about the Seal on the Maine DOE website can be found here. Information regarding programs in other states can be found here

USM recognizes the knowledge demonstrated by students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy, both in and outside the state of Maine. Students matriculating at USM who have earned the seal will be eligible for the following: 

American Sign Language = ASL 101 + ASL 102 (8 cr total) 

Arabic = ARA 101 + ARA 102 (8 cr total) 

Chinese = CHI 101 + CHI 102 (8 cr total) 

French = FRE 101 + FRE 102 (8 cr total) 

German = GER 101 + GER 102 (8 cr total) 

Italian = ITA 101 + ITA 102 (8 cr total) 

Spanish = SPA 101 + SPA 102 (8 cr total) 

Other languages = LAN 101 + LAN 102 (8 cr total) 

All students earning the Seal will be considered to have fulfilled the Cultural Interpretation requirement for USM's Core Curriculum

Students who have earned the Seal will be granted the appropriate credits at the point of matriculation, and will be informed by an email to their maine.edu account when the credits are posted. Students who have questions about the Seal, or believe they are eligible for credit they have not received, should contact the PLA Office at 207-780-4663 or priorlearningusm@maine.edu