Online M.Ed. in Literacy Career Outlook

As a graduate of Winthrop University's master's in literacy education online program, you'll be equipped with in-depth knowledge about literacy research and instruction that will transform your teaching and your students’ literacy development. You'll also become a literacy leader who can support your colleagues in developing effective instructional practices.

You can apply skills from the online master's in literacy education in a kindergarten, elementary or high school teaching role, as a reading interventionist or as a literacy coach.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher

As a kindergarten or elementary school reading or literacy teacher, you would assist students as they learn to read and write and communicate their progress to parents and guardians. In some schools, teachers may work on subject specialization teams in English, reading or writing. The median wage for kindergarten and elementary school teachers in the U.S. was $59,670 in 2019.1

Reading Specialist/Interventionist

As a reading specialist or reading interventionist (also called a literacy integration specialist), you might be employed in an elementary, middle or high school setting to work one-on-one with students developing their literacy skills. Reading specialists and interventionists also help teachers to create and deliver optimized lesson plans related to literacy. These professionals make an average base salary of $53,261 per year.2

Adult Literacy Instructor

As an adult literacy instructor, you would teach adults literacy skills for career advancement. These skills could include oral communication, verbal communication, critical reading and typing. Adult literacy instructors make an average base salary of $40,744 per year, with the top 10% earning $53,000.3


Winthrop’s online Master's in Literacy Education gives you the skills you need to advance in these and many other literacy education environments. To learn more, you can contact a program manager toll-free at 833/257-1704 with any questions or request more information today.


  1. Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (
  2. Reading Specialist Salary | PayScale
  3. Adult Literacy Instructor Salary | PayScale