Taught course

Reading Recovery and Literacy Leadership

UCL - University College London · Learning and Leadership

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, Qualified Teacher Status, at least two years' full-time relevant experience (equivalent to Key Stage 1 in England), and a Reading Recovery teacher's qualification.

If applicants do not have a degree, a qualifying route is available which involves the submission of an essay or presentation of a portfolio of previous work. If the applicant is not qualified in Reading Recovery an additional pre-course unit can be negotiated (at extra cost).

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The Reading Recovery and Literacy Leadership MA, led by the Reading Recovery Europe leadership team at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), combines practical and theoretical elements. Year One of this course is a full-time commitment. Students attend face-to-face sessions regularly throughout the year with the remainder of time spent locally teaching in a school, completing fieldwork tasks and academic study.

This demanding and challenging programme was first established in 1991 when Marie Clay, who developed Reading Recovery, was a visiting professor at the IOE. It is the only route to qualify as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader in Europe.

Participants will develop or enhance their understanding of how the lowest achieving children can be assisted to overcome their learning difficulties.

There are opportunities for participants to network with future Teacher Leader colleagues across Europe during the first year of the programme, for example attending the annual professional development conference that is organised for all Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders across Europe.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification


The programme involves working with children in Reading Recovery, fieldwork sessions, online discussion sessions undertaken locally and full day and evening sessions taught face-to-face at IOE.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214