Online Reading Specialist Degrees

Choosing the Right Online Reading Specialist Degree

Educators who quest to solve the literacy gap between children of different ethnic backgrounds and different classes might begin to find answers by pursuing an online reading specialist degree. Concentrated online degrees, like the Reading Specialist focus of the online Master of Education at the University of Cincinnati, help teachers to specialize in subjects they are most passionate about to achieve greater success working with developing learners. Reading is such a critical skill for early learners to acquire, but for many, leaving the classroom to further your education isn’t an option. If you’re a current teacher looking for a flexible graduate school, consider some of the benefits of online degrees.

Balancing Work and Study
Keeping up with the ever-changing technologies available in modern society can be difficult, but fortunately, benefiting from these technologies is simple for anyone willing to check into them. The very intention of technology is to simplify our lives, and when it comes to online degrees, schools around the world are continuing to validate the effectiveness of today’s distance learning programs. Because educators are expected to constantly update their own education, online degrees can be extremely appealing, because they allow you to continue working in the classroom while studying.

In addition to the direct benefits you’ll receive by learning the latest teaching strategies, education laws and how to use the latest education technologies, online reading specialist degrees impart other advantages. Teachers learn how to communicate effectively through different technologies and employ new and exciting tools that can also be used in the classroom. Since you’ll be learning while remaining involved in your classroom, you can also start applying the new skills you acquire into your lessons plans to see how successful they are with your real students. Look for online degrees that speak to skills that reading specialists need, like the Innovations in Curriculum and Interpersonal Communications courses offered through the online Master of Education at the University of Cincinnati.

Other benefits of online study are more obvious, including the flexibility of designing your own school schedule around your daily schedule. Reading teachers can also enjoy a broader number of prospects, since they aren’t limited to the schools in their area. Additionally, you will be able to network with educators from a variety of backgrounds in different locations, who can help to advise you on how schools are run in different districts and under different leadership. It’s important to give additional consideration to the quality of the program when looking for an online reading specialist degree, however.

What to Look for in an Online Reading Specialist Degree
The best way to research online reading specialist degrees is by using similar criteria you would for a traditional degree. Look at the curriculum and the faculty and ensure that the courses apply to your career goals and the faculty has a good standing reputation in the education community. Another way to research an online degree is by checking their rankings in reputable publications, like the University of Cincinnati, which has been highlighted by esteemed publications like The Princeton Review and Money Magazine. Additionally, you’ll want to check the accreditation of the program to make sure it meets the rigorous standards set by one of these regional organizations:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Some schools have additional accreditation that helps educators receive national certification, like the online Master of Education degree offered by the University of Cincinnati, which has additional accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

What to Expect in an Online Degree Program
New technologies have enriched online degree programs to the point that they are so much more than old incarnations of distance learning programs. With online tools like chat, discussions, interactive whiteboards and more, teachers can get more out of an online education than they have previously been exposed to. What’s more, the support offered by reputable schools ensures that any difficult you might have with learning the technology can be quickly assessed and corrected.

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  • Ellen says:

    How much time could I expect to spend on work per night or per week?

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hi Ellen – To be successful in the program we tell our students to expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week on their studies. Students have the flexibility to schedule this time based on their own schedules because our courses do not have any scheduled chat sessions. Please feel free to contact one of our Enrollment Advisors to talk about the program in greater detail at 800-226-0075.

  • katie reich says:

    Can I do this program gradually? I would like to take one class at a time.

    How many credit hours is the entire program?

    Do I ever have to visit the school?

  • Hi Katie,

    Thanks for your questions regarding the Masters in Education Distance Learning program. The number of credit hours necessary to complete an entire program differs based on the student’s chosen degree path, and Practicum’s can be done at your local school. Please call us at (800) 226-0075 to answer your questions.