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Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Boost your English-teaching career

Studying the Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will help you develop your teaching skills.

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.

World-class programme

The University's TESOL programme is highly regarded worldwide. It has a strong international orientation, which reflects New Zealand’s unique position in the Asia–Pacific region. Our graduates have gone on to teach English and work in educational leadership roles in New Zealand and around the globe.

The MTESOL programme builds on the legacy of sixty years of graduate TESOL education at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Staff teaching in the programme are internationally recognised researchers. They draw on their extensive experience as language teachers and teacher educators to bridge the gap between research, theory, and teaching practice.

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.

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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