Enhance Your Value
Explore new careers by earning your Reading and Writing Specialist degree at SNHU. Enhance your teaching career by becoming more effective in the classroom and a valuable training resource. With state endorsement as a reading and writing specialist for grades K-12, you can expect to take on a variety of roles and careers in addition to those associated with your initial teaching certification:
- teacher of struggling readers
- leader in literacy, as an observer and collaborator with other teachers
- expert in data collection and analysis, particularly with state assessments
- leader for professional development in literacy
- skill assessor using diagnostic, formative and summative assessments
- promoter of literacy initiatives
- community collaborator
Reading and Writing Specialist Careers
For those with a reading and writing specialist degree, careers are expected to be good, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the decade preceding 2020, 15-percent job growth is expected. With large numbers of elementary, middle and secondary school teachers at or nearing retirement, these teachers will need to be replaced.
Experienced teachers with additional certification and reading and writing specialist degrees will have increased marketability during their teaching careers. Teachers with a master's degree also typically earn higher salaries than those with a bachelor's degree.
Expand Your Skill Set - Learning Outcomes
Expand your knowledge and skills to enhance your reading and writing specialist career opportunities with the MEd curriculum, which includes:
- methods of teaching reading.
- assessment and instruction of students with reading difficulties.
- how language is learned.
- critical issues for students with disabilities.
- creating effective classroom literacy environments.
- literary genre analysis and assessment.
- practices that promote good writing.
- learning through technology.
Access helpful resources on teaching jobs and teaching careers, including those for reading and writing specialists, at the following web links:
SNHU Career Development Center
Learn about SNHU career planning and development assistance.
U.S. Department of Labor, Educational Services Occupational Outlook, 2010-2011
View the latest information on recommended education and training, teaching job prospects, and expected earnings of those in the education field.
Professional Organizations and Associations
International Reading Association
The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.
National Council for Teachers of English
NCTE promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.
New England Association of Teachers of English
NEATE fosters professional growth activities for teachers of English in the New England region.
National Education Association
The mission of the NEA is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.
New Hampshire Department of Education
The NHDOE is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.