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Careers for Literacy Education (Birth to Grade 12) MS Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • Career and technical education teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Elementary, middle and high school teacher or principal
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Librarian
  • School and career counselor
  • Social worker
  • Special education teacher
  • Teacher assistant

Job outlook data

High school teachers held around 962,000 jobs, middle school teachers held around 628,000 jobs and elementary school teachers held around 1,517,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. From 2014 to 2024, employment is expected to grow by 8 percent for all education, training and library occupations and by 6 percent for all teachers.

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers held about 77,500 jobs in 2014, and employment is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Growth in this field will occur as continued immigration to the United States creates a need for adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma programs. Many immigrants do not speak English and will want to improve their communication skills to help them find jobs in the United States. English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers will be needed to help these students gain the required skills.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of Literacy Education degree holders are:

  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Junior colleges
  • Other schools and instruction
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools


» Get information about Adelphi’s Literacy Education (Birth to Grade 12) MS Degree Program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook HandbookHigh School TeachersKindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers, Reading Rockets, Professional Organizations.

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