Literacy Education – Master of Education

A Master of Education (Literacy Education) will take your teaching career to the next level.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand

Specialise in Literacy Education for your Master of Education at Massey

Literacy is one of the big issues in education, with questions such as, what’s the best way to teach literacy? How do children, teenagers and adults develop their literacy knowledge? With the Master of Education (Literacy Education) you’ll critically engage with the research and scholarship in this field.

Hone your skills

Massey’s Master of Education (Literacy Education) will develop your skills in the analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of research on the development of reading and writing ability. Learn to evaluate how theory and research can affect literacy development and instructional practices. There’s a particular focus on preventing and intervening in literacy learning difficulties.

Learn from the best

You’ll work with nationally and internationally esteemed practitioners and researchers. Massey is a leader in distance learning. You’ll stay in contact with your lecturers and peers through our collaborative online learning environment. Distance learning lets you fit your study around your life and commitments. You can study full or part-time, whatever suits you.

Your qualification options

The Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

Further study

If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification.

A Master of Education in Literacy Education is a good fit if you:

  • have a passion for literacy education
  • want to develop your teaching skills to support all learners in their literacy
  • are focused on literacy in education at any level.

Planning information

The Master of Education is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

Course work (Professional inquiry) pathway

It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses should then be completed.

To progress to Part Two you will need a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.

Research (thesis) pathway

It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses must then be completed.

To progress to Part Two you will need a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.

Advanced entry

If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education you may may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory course

Course code: 258720 Foundations of Literacy Education 30 credits

An advanced study of the acquisition of literacy skills in students focusing on how knowledge of language structure and the cognitive processes involved in literacy learning can be translated into effective teaching practices.

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Subject courses: Coursework Pathway (At least 60 credits) or Research Pathway (30 credits)

Course code: 258721 Teaching Students with Literacy Learning Difficulties 30 credits

An examination of best practices for the assessment and teaching of students with literacy learning difficulties.

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Course code: 258722 The Nature, Prevention and Remediation of Literacy Learning Difficulties 30 credits

An advanced study of theory and research on reading and writing difficulties experienced by students focusing on intervention strategies/programmes that can be used to help these students overcome their literacy learning problems.

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Course code: 258723 Teaching Writing in the Classroom 30 credits

An advanced study of research into written composition development; strategies for enhancing student competencies and for overcoming specific areas of need in writing in contemporary classrooms.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Education (Literacy Education) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the Bachelor of Education with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent, with a grade average across all courses of at least B (coursework pathway) or at least a B+ (research pathway).

If you do not have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent, you will need to supply a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV). Your CV should show some leadership/management experience in an educational environment (e.g. Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Syndicate Leader, Nursing Programme Leader at a Polytechnic, Training Manager in a Hospital, Private Training Organisation (PTO) Team Leader, Head of Human Resources in an educational environment, etc).

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Education as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Research and coursework pathway

When you apply, you will choose either a research pathway or a coursework pathway

If you intend to do the research pathway (thesis) you will need to provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

The Master of Education (Literacy Education) will enhance your career as a teaching practitioner in a range of educational contexts and sectors by developing your knowledge of literacy and its teaching. It can also lead to literacy leadership roles across a range of organisations or to advanced academic study.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

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