LEWISTON – Teachers interested in pursuing literacy education at the University of Southern Maine/Lewiston-Auburn are invited to attend an informational meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

The program, offered through the College of Education and Human Development of the University of Southern Maine, is designed for classroom teachers, literacy specialists and other educators whose primary responsibility is helping students to become competent language users.

The purpose of the literacy program is to develop and support excellence in literacy instruction. The master’s degree program provides teachers with a thorough understanding of reading and writing processes and instruction. Participants acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective advocates for improving literacy instruction in their schools.

Literacy education courses are offered at USM/Lewiston-Auburn every semester and in the summer. Most students are part-time and complete the degree option in three to four years. Courses leading to the state ESL endorsement are offered and may be taken as a concentration within the literacy education master’s program, or separately.

Other options include the literacy certificate and a post-master’s certificate of advanced study. The literacy certificate program is offered to give students a basic background in literacy, but does not result in a master’s degree. The CAS is available for those who already hold a master’s degree and want advanced study.

The meeting will be held in Room 170 at USM/L-A, 51 Westminster St. Faculty and advising representatives will be present to discuss the program and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call 753-6552 to register or obtain more information.

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