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Blended and 100% Online 33 credits $550/cr. in-state and out-of-state* Rolling Admission GRE/MAT (waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher)

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program. Tuition rates for those not enrolled in a program/non-degree students can be found on Tuition & Fees.

Master of Education in Literacy: Individualized (Writing and the Teaching of Writing)

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 blended graduate program. With online courses during the academic year with 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 at

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.


The M.Ed. in Literacy is a blended program with a low-residency option for teachers and writers emphasizing 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 throughout the year with on-campus options in the summer. The program also includes two online practicums guided by a professional writing mentor.

In special circumstances, the program can be completed 100% online with advisor permission and assistance. For more information, please contact Dr. Rich Kent.


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 Program of Study planned with a faculty advisor 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. in Literacy: Individualized (Writing and the Teaching of Writing) does not require a thesis or comprehensive examination. The program also includes two online practicums guided by a professional writing mentor. All work for the M.Ed. program must be completed within six years of matriculation.

Core Courses

The following courses are required (27 credits):

  • ERL 541: Writing and the Teaching of Writing (3 credits)
  • ERL 544: Digital Writing in Classrooms (3 credits)
  • ERL 545: Intro to the National Writing Project (3 credits)
  • ERL 546: Institute in Teacher Leadership (3 credits)
  • ERL 590: Developing Online Learning Experiences (3 credits)
  • ERL 590: Seminar in Writing (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) (3 credits)
    Taken twice
  • ERL 698: Writing Practicum I (3 credits)
  • ERL 698: Writing Practicum II (3 credits)


Choose two of the following courses (6 credits):

  • EDU 548: Advanced Instruction in Teacher Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDU 590: Seminar in Blogging (3 credits)
  • ERL 547: Seminar in Mentoring (3 credits)
  • ERL 590: Reading/Writing Common Core (3 credits)

Printable Program of Study

Contact: Dr. Rich Kent


Eligibility for admission to M.Ed. programs are based on the 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.

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

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Students' Experience Earning Their M.Ed. in Literacy Online


The University of Maine’s Literacy Education graduate programs provides 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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Have questions about earning your M.Ed. in Literacy online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at

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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.

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