Literacy Education


This course will be discontinued in 2018. Students interested in this area of study are encouraged to consider the new Master of Education with a Literacy Education specialisation.

The Master of Literacy Education will give you specialist knowledge in literacy policy, theory and curriculum, allowing you to support a diverse range of learner abilities.

Equipped with the latest cutting-edge research in literacy and teaching, as a graduate you will be well-placed to lead schools and students in all facets of literacy development, from birth to adulthood.

This course is led by literacy and leadership specialists with many years of professional experience as teachers and researchers.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (2.8mb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • Year 1: 4 x compulsory 12.5 subjects
    • Year 2: 50 points of subjects specific to either the coursework or research intensive option.

In order to be eligible to apply for the research intensive option, students must achieve an average of at least H2A (75%) in the first 50 credit points of the program.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Literacy Education.


This course will enable you to:

  • conceptualise 21st Century literacies as social practices requiring a broad range of knowledge, skills, strategies and understandings
  • understand key debates impacting on the teaching of literacy in schools
  • understand how language and literacy develop from birth to adulthood
  • understand the importance of language and literacy in schooling across the curriculum
  • use clinical approaches to teaching literacy which reflect diverse learners’ needs, interests and abilities
  • plan and evaluate literacy teaching drawing on contemporary research, theory and scholarship
  • demonstrate leadership in the literacy curriculum.


After completing this course, you may progress to a range of other graduate course programs.

Graduates of the intensive option in year 2 may be eligible to apply for entry to research higher degree programs, including the Doctor of Philosophy.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2018


Applications are now open for the 2018 mid-year intake. Closing dates are yet to be confirmed.


Applications are now open for the 2018 mid-year intake. Closing dates are yet to be confirmed.

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.