Faculty of Education and Social Work

Postgraduate Diploma in Education - Literacy specialisation

Quick facts
Length One year full-time study or up to four years part-time study
Delivery Online – with 2.5 on-campus days per course (at Epsom Campus)
Programme requirements 120 points: Comprising four 30-point core courses 

  • Gain the knowledge and expertise to be a literacy leader in your school or educational setting.
  • Focus on approaches and the application of strategies to enhance your students' language and literacy.
  • Develop expertise to meet the needs of low literacy achievers.
  • Analyse and critique relevant research and undertake your own inquiry into your practice.
  • An approved programme for Resource Teachers: Literacy.

Programe structure


120 points compulsory core courses: EDPROFST 700–703

Course code Course title (Points) Semester
EDPROFST 700   Literacy Education: Research and Practice (30 pts) Semester 1
EDPROFST 701 Issues in Literacy Education (30 pts) Semester 2
EDPROFST 702 Challenges of Literacy Difficulties (30 pts) Semester 2
EDPROFST 703A The Inquiring Teacher: Literacy Education (15 pts) Semester 1

The order and shape of your courses may need to be tailored to meet your experience and needs. Please contact the programme leader, Rebecca Jesson, or a student adviser to discuss your options.


Ministry of Education: Tertiary fees funding support

The courses within this programme have been approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for a 50% fees subsidy for eligible primary and intermediate teachers. Funding is provided to support teachers to study a literacy course at postgraduate level.  

Criteria apply. See here for more information.