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Become A Reading Specialist

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Working As A Reading Specialist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $71,680

    Average Salary

What Does A Reading Specialist Do At Easter Seals

* Adhere to all mandated reporter and OIG guidelines at all times.
* Develop weekly lesson plans in alignment with student IEP goals.
* Perform and submit formal assessments at least 10 days prior to each student’s annual review, but not earlier than 30-days prior.
* Develop, in collaboration with team members, appropriate IEP goals based on assessment results 10 days prior to annual review.
* Update and provide data-based quarterly progress reports and IEP benchmarks.
* Note in lesson plans, references of informal assessment of specific students that triggered plan.
* Arrange for and perform activities, materials, and prompting hierarchies that relate to the IEP goals.
* Mentor and train classroom and 1:1 assistants to anticipate those activities that they can perform, which support the lesson plan.
* Provide monthly suggestions to the School Administrator/Program Coordinator on areas of training that would enhance the skills of teachers and aides.
* Conduct weekly meetings with paraprofessional staff members and submit documentation to administration.
* Interact with the School Administrator/Program Coordinator and clinical staff regarding clinical recommendations.
* Observe performance of classroom staff sufficient to perform an evaluation and assist administration with annual performance evaluation.
* Notify School Administrator/Program Coordinator of the onset of unacceptable performance of classroom staff.
* Communicate daily to parents via notebook or phone regarding the on-going performance of students.
* Maintain and update all required components to student main files.
* Participate in at least 2 outside trainings per school year directly related to serving students with special needs, particularly those diagnosed with autism.
* Participate in all scheduled in-house trainings throughout the school year.
* Participate in student IEP/MDC meetings throughout the school year.
* Participate in medical case review meetings for students throughout the school year.
* Conduct at least 2 observations in other classrooms and provide administration with documentation of each observation throughout the school year.
* All other duties as assigned

What Does A Reading Specialist Do At Nevada Connections Academy

* Working from our office in Harrisburg, PA, or home based if qualified, the Reading Specialist will supervise and coach elementary students in a face-to-face setting as they utilize online instruction and materials.
* Through use of the telephone, Internet
* and various curriculum tools, the Reading Specialist will communicate regularly with parents, students, and curriculum specialists to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program

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How To Become A Reading Specialist

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified. For information about teacher preparation programs and certification requirements, visit Teach.org or contact your state’s board of education.


All states require special education teachers in public schools to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some earn a degree specifically in special education. Others major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or science, with a minor in special education.

In a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in special education, prospective teachers learn about the different types of disabilities and how to present information so that students will understand. These programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. To become fully certified, some states require special education teachers to complete a master’s degree in special education.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools may prefer to hire teachers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in special education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. A license is frequently referred to as a certification. Those who teach in private schools are not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, states also require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development classes or a master’s degree program to maintain their license.

Many states offer general licenses in special education that allow teachers to work with students with a variety of disabilities. Others offer licenses or endorsements based on a disability-specific category, such as autism or behavior disorders.

Some states allow special education teachers to transfer their licenses from another state. Other states require even an experienced teacher to pass their state’s licensing requirements.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately, under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. These alternative programs cover teaching methods and child development. Candidates are awarded full certification after they complete the program. Other programs require prospective teachers to take classes in education before they can start to teach. They may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.


Some special education teachers need to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching, before they can work as a teacher. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, they gain experience in preparing lesson plans and teaching students in a classroom setting, under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years. Many universities offer student teaching programs as part of a degree in special education.


Experienced teachers can advance to become mentor or lead teachers who help less experienced teachers improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, assistant principals, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Special education teachers discuss students’ needs and performances with general education teachers, parents, and administrators. They also explain difficult concepts in terms that students with learning disabilities can understand.

Critical-thinking skills. Special education teachers assess students’ progress and use that information to adapt lessons to help them learn.

Interpersonal skills. Special education teachers regularly work with general education teachers, school counselors, administrators, and parents to develop Individualized Education Programs. As a result, they need to be able to build positive working relationships.

Patience. Working with students with special needs and different abilities can be difficult. Special education teachers should be patient with each student, as some may need the instruction given aloud, at a slower pace, or in writing.  

Resourcefulness. Special education teachers must develop different ways to present information in a manner that meets the needs of their students. They also help general education teachers adapt their lessons to the needs of students with disabilities.

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Reading Specialist Career Paths

Reading Specialist
Facilitator Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Coach Operations Manager Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Assistant Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Driver Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor Lead Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Assistant Director Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Social Studies Teacher Special Educator
Director Of Special Services
9 Yearsyrs
Private Tutor Spanish Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer Program Manager
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Educator Program Coordinator Education Coordinator
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Middle School Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Educator Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Reading Instructor Reading Teacher Assistant Principal
Principal Associate
7 Yearsyrs
Reading Instructor Instructor Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Reading Specialist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Ukrainian

  • Braille

  • Hebrew

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Thai

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Real Reading Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Elementary Reading Specialist Teacher Eagle Academy Public Charter School Washington, DC Jun 29, 2016 $72,000
Reading Specialist The Children's Village Academy Kinston, NC Feb 29, 2016 $57,093
Elementary Reading Specialist Teacher Eagle Academy Public Charter School Washington, DC Sep 09, 2015 $56,640
Primary School Teacher-French Reading Specialist Lycee International de Boston/International School Cambridge, MA Sep 01, 2014 $48,300 -
Educator, Reading Specialist St. Thomas More Parish School Houston, TX Jul 31, 2016 $47,886
Educator, Reading Specialist St. Theresa Catholic School Houston, TX Jul 31, 2016 $47,424
Lower School Teacher Reading Specialist Windermere Preparatory School Windermere, FL Jul 09, 2010 $41,547

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Top Skills for A Reading Specialist


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Top Reading Specialist Skills

  1. Regular Classroom Teachers
  2. Literacy Instruction
  3. Curriculum Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted teachers in modeling effective literacy instruction.
  • Accomplished in behavior and classroom management, curriculum development and delivery, data analysis, and communications.
  • Initiated and executed a developmentally appropriate small group instruction for specific reading skill deficits and grouped accordingly.
  • Improved student test scores in reading by at least two grade levels by implementing new curriculum.
  • Attend professional development workshops provided by the Developmental Education Department at OTC.

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