This course is discontinued

SPED3010 – Reading and Writing Disabilities

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course will emphasize the linguistic and cognitive basis of reading and writing, reading and writing development and prevention of reading and writing difficulties. The course will particularly accentuate reading difficulties and teaching methods related to such problems. The course covers the main constructs, causal relationships, learning conditions and special educational needs in children with reading disabilities.
Main topics:

  • Language difficulties
  • Reading and writing difficulties
  • Additional problems
  • Teaching methods
  • Assessment

Learning outcome

The purpose of this course is to provide insight in how reading and writing difficulties can be understood and prevented, and in addition, how schools can teach children with reading and writing difficulties.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

For students accepted onto the bachelor’s programme in pedagogics: UTVIT1000 - Innføring i utdanningsvitenskap: Læring, danning og samfunn

For students accepted onto the Teacher Education Programme (LAP): UVEXPAED03 - Ex.paed

The required courses may be replaced by equivalent courses/education from other universities as an alternative basis for admission to the course.

Recommended previous knowledge

SPED1010 - Spesialpedagogikk: kommunikasjon, språk og sosialisering

Overlapping courses

10 credits with SPED3000 - Lærevansker og særskilte behov i et system- og individperspektiv

If you wish to take SPED3000 after having successfully completed SPED3010 you will not be get an exemption from any of the requirements in SPED3000 and you will be given a credit reduction of 10 credits due to overlapping courses.


The teaching consists of lectures (together with SPED3000 - Lærevansker og særskilte behov i et system- og individperspektiv ). Students will be assigned to a seminar group.

The obligatory reading for the course consists of approx. 750 pages.


The examination consists of a 6 hour individual examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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