Literacy Education Degree Information - Master Degree Review

Published Jan 14, 2007

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The Master of Literacy Education degree prepares students for positions as reading and literacy teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Applicants for this program should hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with appropriate provisional teaching certification.

A Master of Literacy Education is a graduate level program that meets the requirement for teachers to receive permanent or professional certification as reading and literacy teachers. Two certificates are available: one for grades K-12 and the other for grades 5-12. Many programs require a minimum score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Anthologies Test (MAT) as an entrance requirement.

Coursework May Include:

  • Child Development
  • Assessing Literacy in Children
  • Adolescent Learners
  • Research in Literacy Education
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Cultural Diversity in Literature

Skills Acquired

Graduates of Master of Education in Literacy programs will prepare for roles in assessing literacy skills and development in children from K-12 and will develop lesson plans and educational assessment techniques.

Why Earn this Degree?

Highly skilled teachers are sought after in many areas of the United States, particularly in urban and rural school districts. Most teachers belong to unions that negotiate salary and benefits, and salaries vary according to districts. Those who derive satisfaction from working with children and nurturing learning will find literacy education a rewarding occupation. Most teachers enjoy summers off from work.

Economic Outlook and Salary Information

Opportunities for teachers in the next eight years will be good, especially in the western and southern states. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),, average annual salaries for teachers in elementary through high school were $43,000.

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