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Careers for Educators with a Master of Literacy

A Master of Education in Literacy (M.Ed. in Literacy) equips educators with skills in teaching a wide variety of students with different learning needs. While undergraduate English programs focus on training teachers to instruct children and young adults in reading and writing, an M.Ed. in Literacy opens the door to other opportunities both within and outside the school setting.

Still, most students in an M.Ed. in Literacy program have spent time in the classroom, either as teachers or teacher assistants before entering the program. When they decide to return to school, they may be surprised to learn that other more specialized opportunities are available.

The University of Texas at Arlington offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction focused on Literacy Studies with a number of different certifications specific to jobs in primary, secondary and adult literacy fields. Below are just a few of the careers available to M.Ed. graduates:

Reading Specialist

Through an M.Ed. in Literacy Studies, you have the option of becoming certified as a Master Reading Teacher. Graduates with this certification are hired as reading specialists, whose primary duty is to train teachers in a school's literacy program. These specialists provided targeted instruction to students most in need of reading development. Reading specialists also play a role in curriculum development at primary or secondary grade levels.

Adult Literacy Teachers

People may be surprised by how different teaching adults is compared to teaching children. Adult literacy teachers are specifically trained in adult education, remediation and occupational language instruction. Many times these teachers work for local governments, community-based organizations or nonprofit organizations instructing ELL students in workplace language skills. Adult literacy teachers are an asset to their communities because they equip their students with language skills that help improve economic status.

School Counselors and Superintendents

Counselors have discovered that their passion is working with individual students. They help teachers and parents better identify a student's problems in literacy and develop learning plans to address such problems. While they sometimes work in the classroom, they usually work with students outside the classroom as academic coaches.

Superintendents don't usually work directly with students, but they are influential in training and empowering other teachers, giving them resources that improve learning outcomes for students and improve literacy experiences for both teachers and students.

Curriculum Designer

With an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, some graduates choose to pursue a career developing and designing educational materials. These individuals work with textbook publishers to develop coursework for learners of all ages. Though they don't typically interact with students directly, they play a pivotal role by creating resources that serve as foundations of learning for these students.

Jobs Outside of School

Not all graduates pursue work in a specific school district, and curriculum design is not just for childhood education. Both private and nonprofit organizations around the world depend on training material to help their employees learn the skills needed for the job. Curriculum developers, eLearning specialists, and staff development trainers all help organizations improve their training materials which translates to employees who are more efficient and better equipped. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for training and development specialists is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026.

As graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program, UTA alumni are helping communities around the country better train and equip literacy teachers in and outside the classrooms. Their direct or indirect involvement with learners make a positive impact on students' lives.

Learn more about UTA's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies online program.

Sources: What Can I Do with a Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy?

Learn How to Become: Careers for Raising the Literacy Rate

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Training and Development Specialists

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