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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching-Consultant in Writing (Certificate)

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High-quality teachers in every classroom is a recognized priority in American education, and writing in particular has been identified as a high-profile concern in our schools and colleges. Since 1974, the National Writing Project has been identified with quality writing instruction and with teacher-led professional development at the local, state and national levels. The graduate certificate for Teacher-Consultant in Writing recognizes educators that have completed the twelve-credit complement of courses within the writing project program at the University of Maine and are prepared to lead others toward quality instruction and systemic growth in writing and literacy generally.



  1. Educators will develop a rich understanding of the role of writing in the personal and professional lives of teachers and other educators.
  2. Educators will enrich their understanding of methods for the teaching of writing, including the role of reflective practice and collegial exchange in generating teacher expertise.
  3. Educators will understand the nature, methods, and challenges of mentoring colleagues and of teacher-leadership at the local school and district levels, including the demands of being an agent for change.
  4. Educators will understand the importance and opportunity for teacher-leadership beyond the local level, including the Maine and National Writing Projects as well as governmental and trade organizations.

All work is based on the national standards of the National Writing Project (NWP), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and applicable content area organizations.

ERL 545: Introduction to the National Writing Project (online)

ERL 546: Institute in Teacher Leadership

ERL 547: Seminar in Mentoring (online)

ERL 548: Advanced Institute in Teacher Leadership


Contact: Dr. Ken Martin (kenneth.martin@maine.edu)


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