Masters Programs: Literacy

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  1. CrayolaCrayon

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    Hi, I recently graduated from an undergraduate program in Elementary Education. I'm taking a semester off and plan on beginning a Masters program this January at another college. I would like to know more about what someone with a Masters in Literacy can do. I know that the coursework focuses on reading and writing but that there's more to it. Unfortunately, the course listings on the college's website aren't very informational to me. I would like to learn new methods of teaching reading and writing to children which is why I was interested in the program, but I'd like to know more. Mainly, what new doors open when you have a Masters in Literacy? What kind of work would I be required to do?
     
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    I am in NJ and getting a Masters in Reading. Some jobs you can get are Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach.
     
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    Yes - with a Master's in Literacy you can become a Literacy or Reading specialist/coach. It also makes you quite attractive as a K-2 teacher as the focus in those early grades is usually literacy (which is why I got one). :)
     
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    Thanks. Halpey, that's great because I prefer the lower elementary grades to the upper grades.

    Someone told me that if I get a Masters in Literacy, I don't necessarily have to work in a school anymore. That had me confused. I never got the chance to speak to that person more because we were at a party and were interrupted mid-conversation. Is there something with Literacy besides a classroom teacher?
     
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    Do you live on LI?

    SInce LIU is putting out about 400 graduates a year with their masters in literacy and nys certification, the chances of getting a reading teacher job are slim.
     
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    I think they were thinking that you could be a literacy coach for several schools and work from the board of education. Or you could work at an educational center teaching teachers literacy strategies. I know for KY that I am now certified to teach reading K-12 with my masters in literacy.
     
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    I am working on my masters in literacy and I am hoping to become a literacy coach for a school district or teach undergraduate courses in reading or writing.
     
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    PCDiva, I don't live in Long Island and was unaware about how many teachers graduate from LIU with a degree in Literacy. I don't know enough about it yet to know how competitive positions are but thanks for sharing that with me. It's good to know.

    TeacherLissa, thanks. That's probably what they meant.

    I would prefer not getting a job that is strictly teaching reading and writing. Literacy appealed to me because of it's importance. I would like to be a classroom teaching, preferably in the lower grades, and I feel that getting a degree in Literacy will make me a better teacher.

    I am also considering Early Childhood & Special Education. Many of the jobs in my area are in those fields. However, I'm not sure if Early Childhood in itself appeals to me, and I am concerned that I am not emotionally strong enough for Special Education.

    I'm more confused about what to get my Masters in than I was when selecting a major for undergrad!
     
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    Crayola, Just because you get your masters in Literacy or Special Ed doesn't mean you have to teach those things.

    You can be a 2nd grade classroom teacher and still be certified in other areas.

    BTW, Did you ever hear about that Aid position and are you getting many interviews for classroom elementary teacher? Just curious, I'm from NY too and the market is soo tough
     
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    Crayola I pm'd you.
     
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    Not to scare you or anything, but I would find out a lot about the job market in your area. Around here, if you have a masters degree your chances of being hired anywhere (unless it's for a job that requires a masters degree) are very slim. You would be too expensive for the district to hire. It's an unwritten rule in my area that you should get your masters at the school you plan to teach at forever, because once you have it, you're not going anywhere.

    Again, that is probably different around the country. People warned me right out of college not to get my masters and I'm glad I listened!
     
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    In NY state you may not be able to work as a reading specialist with only your masters in literacy. It depends on your program. Many teachers in NY use the masters in literacy as their way to fufill their requirements as a classroom teacher. Check with the college you are going to.
     
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    I think in your position (I am in a very similar position), I would hold off on the masters. I am currently taking classes for my K-12 Reading Endorsement, but it is not a masters. Where I am at, a masters without experience would make me unhirable due to school budgets. If you look enough, you may be able to find a program like mine where you get the literacy component without the masters.
     
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    That's silly that your district is choosing to hire like that! In all the districts I've taught in the pay scale stops for teachers with bachelor's degrees at 8 years, so the motivation is there to get our teachers to continue their education. With budget cuts there are tons of teachers fighting for jobs and in Colorado the only way you're getting your foot in the door is if you have a master's. With so many qualified teachers, they are able to pick and choose and the ones with master's are the ones getting called to be interviewed. I would say get your masters! Learning and continuing your education is the key to growing as a teacher.
     
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    I agree, but in Northeast Wisconsin that's how it is! My district definitely supports professional development and continuing education, but hiring new teachers is one way they save money, I guess. I'm glad they have been going this route the past few years, because it allowed me to be hired (only new teachers could be interviewed for my position).
     

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