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22 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
5,505 Master's Degrees Annually
#61 in Popularity
$64,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Reading Education Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many reading teacher education graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 5,552
Graduate Certificate 787
Doctor’s Degree 109
Basic Certificate 60
Bachelor’s Degree 22

What Reading Education Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to reading teacher education were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Reading Teacher Education Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Reading Teacher Education Majors

reading teacher education majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Abilities for Reading Teacher Education Majors

Reading Teacher Education majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Reading Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with reading teacher education:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Reading Education?

22 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
100% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of reading teacher education majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Reading Teacher Education Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 18
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Reading Education Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Reading Teacher Education majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $62,030 to $73,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with reading teacher education require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to reading teacher education have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 44.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 10.9%
Master’s Degree 16.7%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.3%
Doctoral Degree 22.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Reading Education Programs

In 2018-2019, 396 schools offered a reading teacher education program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 84 28
Post-Baccalaureate 4 1
Master’s Degree 347 107
Post-Master’s 73 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 25 5
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Reading Education Worth It?

The median salary for a reading teacher education grad is $64,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $488,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to reading teacher education.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 8,634
Music Education 4,575
English & Language Arts Education 3,287
Mathematics Education 3,164
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 2,654
Health Education 1,821
Social Studies Education 1,623
Art Education 1,617
Science Education 1,430
Agricultural Teacher Education 1,130
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 773
Technology Education 715
History Education 701
Biology Education 689
Social Science Teacher Education 605
Technical Teacher Education 495
Spanish Education 437
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 343
Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 341
Health Occupations Teacher Education 318
Modern Language Education 257
Business Education 230
Drama & Dance Education 224
Computer Teacher Education 216
Chemistry Education 185
Earth Science Teacher Education 150
Physics Education 123
Environmental Education 78
Driver & Safety Teacher Education 54
Speech Teacher Education 48
French Language Teacher Education 35
German Language Teacher Education 11
Distributive Education 10
Psychology Teacher Education 6
Latin Teacher Education 5
Geography Teacher Education 2

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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