Literacy Education specialisation

Master of Education

Giving you contemporary in-depth knowledge of literacy policy, theory and curriculum, this specialisation allows you to lead schools and students in all facets of literacy development, from early years to adulthood.

You’ll gain a multifaceted view of contemporary literacy in schools and society through the study of subjects focused on policy, multimodal texts, reading, viewing and writing. With a comprehensive understanding of literacy as social practice, you’ll be equipped with the latest evidence-based research in literacy and teaching to support a diverse range of learner abilities and needs.

Please note: this specialisation is available within the Master of Education, and is not a separate course. The regular Master of Education CRICOS code applies.


This specialisation is ideal for those who want to move into literacy leadership roles or who are looking to gain a greater understanding and broader perspective of literacy education.


Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • Conceptualise 21st Century literacies as social practices requiring a broad range of knowledge, skills, strategies and understandings
  • Plan and evaluate literacy teaching drawing on contemporary research, theory and scholarship
  • Use clinical approaches to teaching literacy, which reflect learners’ needs, interests and abilities
  • 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
  • Demonstrate leadership in the literacy curriculum.

Sample course plan (full-time)

Students with 100 points of advanced standing enter in year two.

Year 1

Semester 1

Understanding Education in Context

Local Literacies in Global Contexts

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Leading Educational Ideas

Semester 2

Resilience and Relationships

The Student as Learner

Teaching for Student Engagement

Education, Politics and Social Movements

Year 2

Semester 1

Contemporary Literacies: Policy and Piraxis

Reading Texts: Selection to Response

Teaching English Internationally

Literacy Practices and Diverse Learners

Semester 2

Literacy Leadership in the 21st Century

Creating Texts: Designing Meaning

Research Methods in Education

Education Capstone Research Project

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Specialisation core