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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


Further your career in teaching English to speakers of other languages with our internationally recognised MTESOL.

Programme overview

This taught masters programme is designed for the professional development of teachers. You can better understand the problems that people face when learning a new language. You will be able to apply this knowledge to improve your teaching practice and employment prospects.

You may be able to take some of the courses towards your degree online. Completing the MTESOL does not qualify you to teach in state schools in New Zealand.

Other related programmes include the Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching and the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics.

Programme structure

There are two different ways that you can structure your MTESOL:

Taught courses only

Three elective courses in conducting research in applied language studies, curriculum design, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, assessment, or creativity in language teaching (45 points)

Five more elective courses from our wide range of language teaching courses (75 points)

Taught courses and a dissertation

One core course in conducting research in applied language studies (15 points)

Five elective courses from our wide range of language teaching courses (75 points)

A dissertation (30 points)

You can find the requirements for your study in the MTESOL Schedule, and take a look at our postgraduate courses in TESOL.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

If you have experience in language teaching, the MTESOL will further your knowledge and skills to enable you to advance your career as a professional in the field.

Jobs related to this programme

English as a second/foreign language teacher

Lecturer in second/foreign language teacher education


Second/foreign language teacher trainer

Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed one of the following:

An undergraduate degree in any subject and at least two years of teaching experience.
A one-year postgraduate qualification following an undergraduate degree, or an equivalent four-year undergraduate degree, in a subject related to language teaching, business English or language studies, and at least one year of teaching experience.

Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 3.5.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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