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Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Develop your expertise in teaching English—or any language—to speakers of other languages.

You’ll strengthen your understanding of language learning, explore common challenges that language teachers and learners face, and reflect on your learning and teaching experience.

In all these areas, you’ll be guided to make links between teaching practice, research, theory, and the contexts within which people teach and learn languages.

Flexible study

Study full time or part time—whatever suits your needs best. You can choose to study on campus, online, or through a combination of the two. Start your study at the beginning of any trimester—February, July, or November.

Duration and workload

You can study the MTESOL, PGDipTESOL, or PGCertTESOL full time or part time, and you can start in any trimester—February, July, or November.

You’ll typically complete the MTESOL in four trimesters of full-time study, although it is possible to complete it in three trimesters of intensive study. Studying part time, it may take from two to four years.

If you’re studying the PGDipTESOL full time, you’ll study eight courses over two trimesters. If you’re studying the PGCertTESOL full time, you’ll study four courses over one trimester.

Full-time students can expect a workload of around 40 hours a week. Part-time students will need to do around 20 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you’ll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10 to 12 hours of work.

Entry criteria

Bachelor’s degree with at least a B average in a relevant subject and two years of related professional experience.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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