Master of Specialist Teaching (Literacy)

Learn the critical contemporary skills needed to teach literacy to 21st-century students.
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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1.5 years
(180 credit points = 1.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

The Master of Specialist Teaching in Literacy focuses on the critical skills needed to teach literacy in the digital era from the perspective of educational and language sciences. 21st-century learners need to not only decode and comprehend but to also develop sophisticated processes such as critical analysis, reflection, and evaluation.

This program teaches students to understand literacy as a social process, language as a functional tool, and how to apply this knowledge in the classroom. From a broad exploration of genre to the intricacies of grammar, phonology and phonetics, students will learn the pedagogies that support deep learning of literacy. 

You will have the opportunity to undertake research with a choice of a research project, or a minor thesis completed in the field of literacy.

This program can be completed part-time over 3 years.  The first four subjects are offered part-time via blended delivery of online and block-mode intensives (available online and on campus). The remaining subjects are offered part-time via online learning.

Our program allows you the option to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching (Literacy)

We encourage you to view our recent webinar to find out more about the course. 

  • Teacher
  • Leading teacher
  • Academic
  • Secondary teacher
  • Education consultant
  • Primary teacher
  • Principal
  • Pedagogical leader in children's services
  • University educator
  • Tutor
  • Adult education
  • Literacy coach
  • Literacy educator

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

EDMST6010, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDMST6115, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

Coursework Specialisation (2)

Research Specialisation (2)

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Successful completion of a three or four year Initial Teacher Education degree.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TQ9

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$3,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Education

Course coordinator

Clarence Green