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Study literacy abroad

An in-depth guide to studying literacy as an international student.

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

Literacy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in literacy

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    English - Professional Writing and Literacy Studies - BA Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,220 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies - BAEd Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,690 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Educational Studies: Literacy - BA/BSc Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    42,352 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Literacy graduate programs

Master's in literacy

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    Special Education & Literacy - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Developmental Education - Literacy - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Language and Literacy - MEd Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Reading and Literacy K-12 - MA Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,466 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Education: Language and Literacy Specialization - MEd University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,548 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in literacy

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    Language, Literacy & Culture - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Developmental Education - Developmental Literacy - EdD/PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in literacy

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    Media and Digital Literacy - PGCert Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
    Start date
    -
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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.