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Blended: on-campus attendance may be required 33 credits $439/cr. in-state and $549/cr. out-of-state* Rolling Admission GRE/MAT (waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher)

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Program Requirements (33 credits)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is intended to enhance the preparation of educational professionals in specialty areas. The degree is granted on completion of a planned program of study that includes a minimum of 33 semester hours. Those semester hours may include up to 6 hours of approved transfer coursework from a fully-accredited college or university which would be acceptable at that institution in partial fulfillment of its requirements for a graduate degree, or up to 12 hours of approved transfer coursework from the University of Maine. The M.Ed. or CAS in Literacy: Individualized (Writing and the Teaching of Writing) does not require a thesis or comprehensive examination. All work for the M.Ed./CAS program must be completed within six years of matriculation.

This low-residence option for teachers and writers emphasizes the teaching of writing in real and virtual contexts. The candidate’s Program of Study is planned with a faculty advisor and includes online courses during the academic year and on-campus options in the summer. The program also includes two online practicums guided by a professional writing mentor.

Required Courses (21 credits):

  • ERL 544: Digital Writing in Classrooms
  • ERL 541: Writing and the Teaching of Writing –or–ERL 540: Writing in Schools and Colleges
  • ERL 590: Seminars in Writing (2)…Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir
  • ERL 698: Writing Practicum (2)
  • ERL 590: Developing Online Learning Experiences

Elective Courses (12 credits):

  • ERL 545: Intro to National Writing Project
  • ERL 546: Institute in Teacher Leadership
  • ERL 547: Seminar in Mentoring
  • EDU 548: Adv. Inst. in Teacher Leadership
  • ERL 590: Reading/Writing Common Core            
  • EDU 580: Northeast Writing Institute
  • EDU 590: Seminar in Blogging

Click here for the M.Ed. in Literacy program sheet or here for the CAS in Literacy program sheet.  Contact: Dr. Rich Kent

General Overview of M.Ed. in Literacy: Individualized (Writing and the Teaching of Writing)

Online graduate studies with on-campus summer options

The Maine Writing Project of the College of Education and Human Development offers a unique opportunity to discover your potential as a writer and teacher of writing in our unique hybrid graduate program. With online courses during the academic year and on-campus summer options in Orono, students will complete a Master of Education in Literacy: Individualized with a focus in Writing and the Teaching of Writing. We offer the following courses and institutes:

  • Digital Writing
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction
  • Blogging
  • Fiction
  • National Writing Project Certification
  • Writing Center Pedagogy
  • Developing Online Learning Experiences
  • NorthEast Writing Institute
  • Reading/Writing in the Common Core

You may take these courses and institutes individually or as part of our graduate program. Check out our website for information on gaining certification in the National Writing Project as a member of the Maine Writing Project. Visit MaineWritingProject.org (see Online Graduate Studies in Writing)

From the Dean of Education and Human Development:

“In order to develop graduates prepared to become leaders in their selected profession, we feel that they first need to become inspired, motivated learners.  We are seeking students that are self motivated, goal oriented learners who are truly inspired to become intellectuals themselves and we believe that we have the faculty and staff who can guide you along the journey.  We hope to prepare our graduates to enter the profession ready to lead through service and action and poised to make a positive impact on children, youth, adults, families, communities and schools.   To reach this end our candidates will begin with inspiration and a commitment to developing the knowledge base to provide effective instruction and other educational services that will respond to the diverse needs of all learners.  Developing this knowledge base is essential when learning to collaborate with others and to engage in ongoing professional development that will lead to engagement and transformative education.”

For more information about this program, check out the Maine Writing Project website.


Eligibility for admission to M.Ed. programs is based on completion of prerequisites for the specific program. Some PreK-12 programs require prior teacher certification. However, an applicant from another undergraduate program may establish eligibility by meeting essential prerequisites. In accordance with Graduate School regulations, all thesis candidates must take the Graduate Record Examination. Non-thesis candidates may take either the Miller Analogies Test or the GRE. Applicants should allow up to six weeks for scores to be sent to the Graduate School.

When you are ready to apply, please first review these Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application here.

For additional information regarding admission into the program, please contact: Dr. Rich Kent.

What can I do with an M.Ed. in Literacy: Individualized (Writing and the Teaching of Writing)?

Teachers of writing and writers who would like to teach gain valuable experience within this program. The coursework provides excellent writing opportunities with professional writers and teachers of writing. Although this graduate program does not lead to public school teaching certification, candidates will have an opportunity to become members of the National Writing Project and earn a graduate certificate in writing.

Working toward this degree will improve your abilities as a writer and teacher of writing. Literacy graduates are teachers, scholars, and writers. Candidates will begin to develop the skills that are required for educating students from different cultural backgrounds, economic circumstances, and educational experiences. Literacy candidates will learn certain aspects of curriculum design. As more and more immigrants come to the United States, the need for literacy education becomes increasingly important.


The University of Maine’s Literacy Education graduate programs provide the opportunity to explore vital issues of literacy research and instruction with nationally recognized faculty. The UMaine literacy faculty has:

  • published over 30 books, plus numerous scholarly articles
  • been recognized with two University-wide Faculty Excellence awards
  • established a national site for Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training
  • developed and implemented the Maine Literacy Partnership
  • founded the Maine Writing Project a site of the National Writing Project and programs such as Young Authors’ Camps, Effective Practices and writing retreats
  • received two Spencer Foundation Grants
  • collaboratively secured a $4.7 million federal Reading Excellence Act grant and served as providers of training and development

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