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Job options for those with an M.Ed. in Literacy Studies

People who have earned an online master’s in literacy degree often work as adult basic and secondary education teachers; however, there are several other job possibilities. Obtaining a degree in literacy enables you to pursue a wide berth of careers that offer personal, intellectual and professional fulfillment.

Teaching in schools

Private, charter and public schools offer literacy jobs for people who have a M.Ed. in Literacy Studies. Teachers can work with students to improve reading comprehension, teach English classes and work with ESL students. Many graduates also find work in special education to help kids develop reading skills. In many schools, a master’s degree enables teachers to start out at a higher pay grade. Some people who get a master’s in literacy also go on to work in research positions at colleges and universities.

Find work as a reading specialist

A reading specialist works with students who are struggling to read. A reading specialist is someone who provides extra value to a classroom environment by creating a research-based program that meets the needs of the students. A reading specialist applies their advanced knowledge to assess and diagnose students. The specialist then creates a program to help improve a classroom's overall reading level. Information on student ability is passed on to the teachers, parents, psychologists and other specialists working at the school. The information is used by schools to create more effective reading programs. Reading specialists work at the macro level, and the goal of a reading specialist is to provide effective programs that help to engage entire classrooms in reading activities.

Become a literacy coach

A literacy coach offers many of the same responsibilities as a reading specialist, but they also provide individual coaching to help students learn to read. This is a good job option for people who want more interaction with students and the ability to take an active part in students' lives. Effective literacy coaches have a solid understanding of current reading research and the state standards for their school. Literacy coaches also have the ability to address diverse classrooms and work with students who may have differing reading abilities. Coaches provide a variety of instructional techniques to help students learn in an active and engaging environment. In many cases, the role of the reading specialist is being supplanted by literacy coaches. Literacy coaches act in coordination with the main teacher to help students improve reading levels.

Literacy jobs offer qualified individuals the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of students. A good coach, reading specialist or researcher can help to improve the lives of students in a coordinated and organized way. Specialists are in demand at schools, and many specialists work at more than one school helping to develop curriculum for an entire region.


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