Literacy Education


Studying Literacy Education provides academic and professional knowledge to enhance teachers’ professional practices in specialist and advisory literacy teacher roles. There is a focus on the application of strategies to support children’s literacy, and especially in developing expertise to meet the needs of low literacy achievers.

Areas of study

Research and practice in literacy education, including specific intervention strategies and resources. Examination of social, cultural, economic, psychological and physiological factors that influence literacy development. Issues in literacy education, challenges of literacy difficulties, the inquiring teacher.

You can study Literacy Education in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will learn approaches to support and overcome literacy difficulties experienced by diverse learners. The PGDipEd Literacy Education specialisation will provide resource teachers of literacy with the theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and experience to assist schools to meet the needs of these students. It will provide intensive training in the teaching of children with severe reading and writing difficulties and will include a focus on meeting the needs of Māori and Pacific Island students.

Career opportunities

Through the general study of literacy education you can enhance your own teaching practice and may be able to take responsibility for aspects of literacy education in your school. With the PGDipEd Literacy Education specialisation, you will gain the knowledge and expertise to be a literacy leader in your school or educational setting. It is also an approved programme for Resource Teachers: Literacy.

More information

Postgraduate Diploma in Education - Literacy specialisation