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Job Options for Master's in Reading Graduates

Early challenges in literacy have increasingly impacted the success rate for individuals throughout their lifetime and too many people, both children and adults, are being underserved when it matters the most.

The Master of Science in Reading from Barry University prepares individuals for a variety of jobs in multiple environments that focus on addressing literacy issues for individuals at any ability level or age. Job options for graduates of the program include reading specialist or literacy teacher, school literacy leader, and curriculum or instructional coordinator at the school or district level as well as educational community organizations. A Master of Science in Reading provides educators with a "foundation of reading instruction, teaching language arts, reading diagnosis and remediation, research-based reading and study skill strategies, and reading in specific content areas and age groups" (Barry University).

Literacy Teachers or Specialists

Teachers with a Master of Science in Reading from Barry can choose from a variety of educational environments, from elementary schools to community-based organizations and everything in between. Their expertise in administering reading assessments and analyzing the data helps schools and other educational agencies implement best practices, with the goal of improving learning ( Literacy teachers have a wide variety of roles:

  • Working with students, in one-on-one or small group settings, who are struggling to develop reading and writing skills
  • Assessing students, including those with disabilities, and the programs in which they are learning
  • Creating lesson plans to help students gain sufficiency in reading skills

Literacy teachers often work as school leaders. Their responsibilities may include:

  • Providing expertise in collaborative settings — working with classroom teachers on innovative reading strategies and techniques
  • Assessing students' abilities and skill levels
  • Adapting methods to meet students' needs in the general education classroom
  • Connecting students to outside resources as needed
  • Training and supervising teaching assistants to work with students

According to PayScale as of December 2019, the median salary for a literacy specialist is $53,500 per year.

Literacy Leadership Roles – Instructional Coordinator

Instructional coordinators (also known as curriculum coordinators) are primarily responsible for overseeing how standards are created and implemented within school districts or organizational level. They have a direct impact on policies, helping to decide which programs are implemented and which reading and writing resources are purchased.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median yearly salary for instructional coordinators is $64,450.

If you are interested in making a difference for individuals dealing with literacy challenges in classrooms and community environments, consider the Master of Science in Reading from Barry University. This online program will open career paths that range from hands-on teaching in learning environments to curriculum building and policy issues.  

Learn more about Barry University's online Master of Science in Reading program.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

Learn How to Become: Careers for Raising the Literacy Rate

PayScale: Average Literacy Specialist Salary Reading Specialists: What You Need to Know

International Literacy Association

Masters in Special Education: What Does a Reading Specialist Do?

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