Summer graduate literacy education courses offered at UMaine Hutchinson Center

Courtesy of: University of Maine

Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer two early literacy graduate courses this summer.


Registration is now open for the two courses, Current Practices in Reading, July 5–27, and Literature in Home, School and Community, May 16–June 15, taught by UMaine Associate Professor of Literacy Susan Bennett-Armistead.


Current Practices in Reading examines the fundamentals of reading instruction, including history, models of reading and reading instruction, and the development of lifetime readers. The class will meet T-W-TH, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


The topics course Literacy in Home, School and Community explores literature in the home, school and community. The class will meet from 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Bennett-Armistead held the Correll Professorship in early literacy at UMaine for five years. Drawing on 20 years as a preschool teacher, parent educator and program administrator, as well as a Ph.D. with an emphasis in early literacy, she speaks nationally to parent groups and educators on the role that families can play in children’s literacy learning.


UMaine's master’s program in literacy education offers a variety of options for teachers seeking additional expertise.  The current cohort at the Hutchinson Center is a 33-credit program designed to further elementary and secondary teachers’ knowledge of literacy theories, practices and research. Applicants must hold certification in either elementary or secondary education and have two years of successful teaching experience.  Students complete requirements in a required core of fifteen hours in literacy.  To fulfill elective requirements, students should consult with an advisor to identify appropriate courses.


For more information, contact Susan Bennett-Armistead, 581.2418;


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 30 doctoral degrees and 80 master's degrees; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit


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