Graduate Diploma in Education (Reading Development and Instruction)

The graduate diploma in education, specialization in reading development and instruction, is a new four course online graduate diploma with a strong focus on reading development and instruction. The diploma is intended as a program of study for students who want to further develop their professional learning and deepen their understanding of reading development to better support classroom-wide instruction, including the instruction of children who experience reading difficulty.

The courses will be offered fully online with biweekly synchronous meetings online, using the "Online Rooms" feature in the Brightspace/D2L platform. The fourth course in the program is a practicum-oriented course in which students will gain practical experience in reading assessment and instruction, while working with individual students and their classroom teachers in school-based settings. Students in this diploma program will begin their studies in the winter term and complete the program on a part-time basis-one course per semester-over four semesters.

Graduates of this program will be well positioned to take up many roles, such as reading-related program specialists in school districts or departments of education, school-based reading specialists, literacy support teachers, literacy coaches, classroom teachers and those who work in private practice as remedial reading tutors. The knowledge gained from this diploma may also help to strengthen the training of counselors.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Education (Reading Development and Instruction) are required to meet the criteria for acceptance to a graduate program in the Faculty of Education. Students must have, from a recognized institution, either (i) an undergraduate degree with at least second-class standing, or (ii) an undergraduate degree and an average of at least 70% in the last 90 attempted undergraduate credit hours. Preference will be given to applicants with completed courses related to assessment and the remedial instruction of struggling readers, as well as those with a minimum of two years of teaching experience.

Program Requirements

Students for this graduate diploma are required to complete the following FOUR courses:

Education 6470 - Word and sentence level reading development and instruction

This course examines the underpinnings of word identification, including phonological awareness, working memory, orthographic knowledge, and fluency. It will also examine the role of grammatical knowledge and syntactic awareness in sentence-level reading processes. Instruction and assessment of word-level and sentence-level processes are also key areas of focus.

Education 6471 - Text-level reading development and instruction

This course examines the underpinnings of text including reading motivation, vocabulary development, and strategies for studying and comprehending text. The cognitive processes underlying reading comprehension will also be of particular interest. Instruction and assessment of text-level processes are also key areas of focus.

Education 6472 - Issues and interventions in reading development and instruction for diverse learners

This course examines the nature of reading development and instruction for diverse learner populations. Key areas of focus include the nature of second language reading as well as reading difficulties affecting word identification and reading comprehension. Special attention will be paid to assessment issues, principles and practices, including implementing assessments, interpreting results and planning appropriate evidence-based interventions.

Education 6473 - Praxis for reading specialists

This course extends the focus on assessment and instructional planning in prior coursework and also addresses issues in literacy leadership. Students will gain further experience in conducting reading assessments of school-age students and developing instructional plans to support student learning in small-group and whole-class settings. Issues in supporting classroom-based educators' practice will also be explored.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program may also request transfer to the NEW Master of Education (Reading Development and Instruction) program (available in 2022) prior to graduation.

Students holding the Graduate Diploma in Education (Reading Development and Instruction) and accepted to M.Ed. (Reading Development and Instruction) program will complete up to 12 fewer credits hours dependent upon the chosen program route and the completion date of the Diploma.

All courses completed must satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Diploma (Reading Development and Instruction) and the Master of Education (Reading Development and Instruction) Degree.


Student Fees 2021-2022

ProgramNewfoundland and Labrador StudentsOther Canadian StudentsInternational Students# of semesters fee must be paid
Graduate Diploma$420$546$7109
Special Fee for Reading Diploma$875 per semester x 4 = $3,500

*Details on the criteria to qualify as a Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) student can be found on Office of the Registrar website.

*The University reserves the right to make changes to the regulations, fees and charges. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these fees and charges (see University Calendar) and the applicable deadlines (see University Diary). The University Calendar and the University Diary are available here.

*Additional fees may apply and can be found here.

*Possible NL government bursary for students enrolled in the program can be found here.

Apply Online

Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date. Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.

*Application deadline has been extended to Friday, November 20, 2020 for January 2021 start.

General Program Information for Graduate Students

Note: The Graduate Students Union can provide information regarding the health and dental plan. Any questions or concerns, please contact or phone 709-864-4395.


Faculty of Education

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000