Online secondary reading degrees can be ideal for prospective teachers who want to work with literacy and reading in middle school or high school settings. Students in these programs will focus on diagnosing language learning problems and teaching language mastery to students.
Students in secondary reading degree programs will take courses in children’s and young adult literature, developmental learning, corrective reading, and literacy coaching. Students will likely also need to complete in-classroom experiences and possibly a thesis if they are earning a graduate degree in secondary reading.
With degrees in secondary reading, graduates are prepared to work as literacy teachers in lieu of or in addition to a secondary student’s English teacher. This could mean working alongside other teachers to determine where a student’s language difficulty is coming from, working with English as a Second Language or non-native speakers to boost their English skills, or developing and carrying out plans to get secondary students on the same level as their peers.
Certification requirements for teachers vary by state, so students seeking teaching licensure or certification should ensure their program will lead to licensure or that they can fulfill state requirements outside of their degree program. Students may also want to seek out programs that align with International Reading Association standards.