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Literacy Studies


Programme Overview


The Master of Education in Literacy Studies is designed to assist literacy professionals, classroom teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers and supervisors, to acquire the higher levels of knowledge and skills to make contributions to literacy development in the region.  Emphasis is placed on the content and process of best literacy practices and the theory to inform these practices in the context of particular professional roles.
This programme prepares professionals to:

  • Become familiar with best literacy practices and current research
  • Develop the expertise to lead literacy related projects and other forms of support that
  • enhance literacy development
  • Develop frameworks for literacy instruction and assessment in the context of particular settings
  • Take leadership roles in developing and supporting literacy programmes at different levelsof the educational system
  • View children’s literacy development in such a way that assessing children’s achievement and planning instruction mutually influence each other in everyday classroom activities 

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must qualify under the general university regulations for a master’s degree:
M.Ed. Degree - Entry Requirements (For the Particular Programme):
1. (A)    A first degree at or above the Lower Second Honours Levels; or a grade point   
             average equivalent to a B or above, unless the Campus Committee in any particular 
             case otherwise decides.
    (B)    A professional qualification in teaching such as a postgraduate diploma or certificate, 
             or an approved  equivalent.  Full documentation of the applicant’s academic record 
              and referees’ reports must be submitted to Graduate Studies and Research, Mona.
2.     Applicants with a U.W.I. B. Ed. degree gained before the honours classifications were introduced (between 1970-1985), must have a minimum of B grade average.  Applicants who graduated before 1970 must have a minimum of B in their research study.
3.     Applicants with a Pass Degree will be considered only in exceptional cases where the candidate’s professional experience and performance suggest further intellectual development.  Such special applications are subject to the approval of the Board for Graduate Studies.

Programme Structure


Course Code

Course Name

No. of Credits


Assessment of Literacy Performance



Advanced Research Seminar in Literacy



The Teaching of Writing as Literacy Development II


Careers after Graduation
Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Literacy Studies programme are qualified for:

    • Teaching and lecturing at all levels of the education system
    • Leadership, administration and management at all levels of the education system
    • Education researcher
    • Education officer/supervisor
    • Education planner
    • Curriculum development
    • Curriculum evaluation
    • Measurement, testing and assessment in education
    • Evaluation and analysis of educational programme  and projects
    • Instructional design
    • Distance and online learning design
    • Policy development and analysis
    • Technology integration in formal and informal learning settings
    • Training officer
    • Education outreach coordinator
    • Educational psychologist
    • Workforce occupational analysis
    • Teacher Educator

Department Contact Information
Programme Coordinator: Dr. Clement Lambert
The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -935-8471, 935-8500-2

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