Does anyone have a Reading Master's Degree? If so, what have you done with it?

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  1. linswin23

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    Hi all,

    I am in my second semester of my Reading M.S. program, and I am really enjoying the courses. They are so interesting and I am learning so much. Once done with the program I will also have a Reading Specialist certificate. For those of you with this degree/cert or something similar, what have you done with it? I'm trying to think of what I want to do with it. I could of course just keep on being a classroom teacher, which I have no problem with--that's where my passion lies. However, I would like to use my degree and do something more specialized eventually.
     
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    I have it and am also a classroom teacher. I hope to pursue a reading specialist path in the future after gaining more experience as a classroom teacher.
     
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    Shoreline, may I ask how many years you've been teaching and how many you would like to have before pursuing a reading specialist position? This has crossed my mind, also.
     
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    I'm finishing up my reading specialist degree this spring. I'm currently a sped teacher. I don't know what I'm doing next year. This is my 5th year of teaching.
     
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    I have my Reading Specialist endorsement and was a reading coach for about four years. Didn't work with students, but coached teachers.
     
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    I wanted to get my MA degree in reading, but all of the schools that offered it were way too expensive. I honestly planned to just use it to be a better reading teacher. In my state all you need for a reading specialist/title 1 teaching job is an elementary ed degree, so if I ever wanted to do that I wouldn't need a reading degree. Our title 1 teachers are both intervention teachers and coaches (for classroom teachers) this year, and most of them don't have the specialist degrees either. Personally, I wouldn't want to be a coach, but if you wanted a position like that a reading specialist degree might give you a leg up.
     
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    Thanks for the input, all. I think I would definitely like to work as a reading teacher for some time and then possibly coach or work on the community college level. I guess I'll just have to see what's open and how I'm feeling when I finish my program.
     
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    I have a master's in Literacy. I'm currently a Reading Specialist, I work with the kiddos. I'm hoping to become a Literacy Coach next year. Just depends if the powers that be create that position or not.
     
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    I taught yearly childhood for 5 - in a private setting but this is my 1st year in a public school. I'm really not sure how many years would make me feel more comfortable to peruse a reading specialist position. It all depends.
     
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