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Literacy degrees abroad

By studying a literacy program, you’ll learn how to improve the reading and writing abilities of individuals.

As well as studying the theory and research behind literacy pedagogy, you’ll develop the practical teaching skills needed to improve learning outcomes. You’ll learn about the components and design of literacy curriculums, and keep up to date with trends and research in the sector.

Despite global advances in education, millions of children and adults across the world remain illiterate. Studying abroad is an eye-opening and fulfilling experience that’ll help you to develop as a practitioner by supporting individuals to unlock their potential.

Literacy program structure

Most literacy degrees are only offered at the graduate level. To enroll in these programs, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in an education-related field. If you hold an undergraduate degree in an unrelated discipline, you might need to earn an accredited teaching qualification before being accepted.

Master’s degrees in literacy require up to two years of study. They blend theoretical, research, and practical modules to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the field.

Graduate certificates are shorter programs of study that typically take a year or less to finish. They’re more vocational and practically-focused than master’s degrees, offering students the chance to specialize in a specific branch of literacy.

If you’re still interested in learning more, you could enroll in a doctorate program. PhDs allow you to conduct original research and contribute to academic discussions in the field. They can take anywhere from three to seven years to complete.

As well as theoretical lectures, seminars, and tutorials, you’ll attend and lead practical lessons and workshops. Examination methods include essays, research projects, presentations, and practical assessments.

Postgraduate programs typically contain lots of elective modules so that you can easily tailor your degree. However, here are some of the most common core units offered at universities:

  • Foundations of literacy
  • Fundamentals of literacy education
  • Literacy theory
  • Teaching reading
  • Teaching writing
  • Trends and issues in literacy research
  • Literacy curriculum development and design
  • Literacy assessment and intervention
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Literacy study abroad programs

What are the top literacy undergraduate programs abroad?

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What are the top literacy postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Middle Tennessee State UniversityLiteracy - MEd

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Literacy
    Location
    Murfreesboro, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,172USD
  • Lewis UniversityReading and Literacy, Reading Specialist - MA

    • 20 months
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Reading Education, Literacy
    Location
    Romeoville, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,200USD
  • University of Nebraska OmahaLiteracy - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Literacy
    Location
    Omaha, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,281USD
  • Pace University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Literacy and Special Education - MSEd

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Special Education, Literacy
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,575USD
  • Duquesne UniversityReading & Literacy Education - MSEd

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug, Jan, May
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Reading Education, Literacy
    Location
    Pittsburgh, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    25,254USD

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Future literacy careers

With a degree in literacy, you’ll be prepared for several challenging but rewarding roles in education and public policy.

You’ll have the knowledge and expertise to make a real difference to people’s lives through roles like:

  • Teacher
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • Literacy coach
  • Curriculum developer
  • Adult literacy educator
  • Reading specialist
  • Policy advocate
  • Literacy education editor

Gathering relevant work experience is one of the best ways to make your CV shine. Get in touch with your university’s careers office to see how they can support you with placement and internship opportunities.

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