Part 1: Teachers with Passion for Literacy Choose Reading Endorsement

Masters in Education online delivers specialized endorsement

Literacy is an important component in the development and education of a child. Students at all grade levels, however, often struggle with this most basic educational element. School systems across the country therefore need certified literacy specialists not only to assist struggling readers, but also to establish effective plans to address literacy throughout a school or entire school system. Undiagnosed learning disabilities or limited tutoring support can lead to literacy issues that affect students throughout their entire life.

Teachers who return to school to continue their education through a Masters in Education online program and who have a passion for literacy should consider earning a Reading Endorsement in association with their advanced degree.

Startling Statistics on Literacy in America

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) conducted a federal study in 2009 and found that nearly 32 million adults in the United States (or one in every seven people) struggle with low literacy skills. This number has continued to rise throughout communities across America over the years, thus placing a spotlight on today’s educational system and particularly its reading and literacy curriculum. The lack of focused reading curriculum and subsequent tutoring and educational support has been a major contributor to these startling adult literacy statistics. In USA Today, David Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, an adult-literacy organization, cited undiagnosed learning disabilities, immigration and high school dropouts as contributing factors for the consistently low literacy numbers in America.

Proactive literacy efforts can help communities and school systems curb their adult literacy numbers and help students at all grade levels achieve educational success through reading and writing developmental milestones.

Part 2 in this series delves more deeply into the importance of reaching children during their early development to identify and potentially alleviate learning disabilities and to ensure students are on track with the school’s educational goals.