MA Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The MA Education (TESOL) pathway is for you if you're interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of:
- How languages are learnt
- Meeting the needs of learners from diverse linguistic backgrounds
- Current pedagogy in the field of English language teaching.
This pathway is for you if you fit any of the following:
- You're interested in how languages are learnt and how languages are taught
- You're a practitioner working in a variety of settings: primary, secondary, Higher Education, Further Education, Adult or Community Learning, and you want to review or update your practice
- You wish to gain knowledge in this specialist area and have little or no experience in the field.
DELTA (Cambridge Diploma in TESOL) recognition
If you have the full DELTA (Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)) qualification you may be eligible for 60 credits at level 7 against our MA Education – contact us for more information.
Start date: September or January
Course length: Full-time: one year; part-time: three to six years.
Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby
College: College of Education
Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training
Part time students
As a part time student your studying will normally take place over three academic years, potentially choosing one module per term.
Your first module will be ‘Crafting Your Masters Study’. The other pathway, core and optional modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.
Here is an example of possible combination modules:
|Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)||Crafting Your Masters Study||Option module||Prescribed pathway module|
|Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)||Option Module/ Evidence Based Practice||Option Module/ Evidence Based Practice||Prescribed pathway module|
|Year 3 - Masters (180 credits)||Independent Study with ESOL focus|
Full time students
As a full time student your studying will normally take place over one academic year. The optional modules and pathway modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.
Here is an example of the combination of modules that you would choose:
|Term 1 (Sept - Dec)||Crafting Your Masters Study (20 credits)||Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)||Optional or pathway module (20 credits)|
|Term 2 (Jan - March)||Applying Educational Thinkers and Theorists (20 credits)||Independent Study (60 credits) Attend workshop||Optional or pathway module (20 credits)|
|Term 3 (April - June)||Comparative Education (20 credits)||Independent Study (Submit in August)||Optional or pathway module (20 credits) if not already taken in term 1 or 2|
For both part time and full time students:
- Crafting Your Masters Study
- Evidence Based Practice
- Independent Study with a TESOL focus
Prescribed pathway modules
- The Principles of English Language Teaching
- Language Learning Theory and Practice
The sessions are designed to be interactive, utilising a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as mini-lectures, seminar discussions and ‘hands on’ practical activities relating to language learning and teaching.
You will have the opportunity to apply theory in practice through a micro teaching session. In order to understand the needs of a diverse range of students, a case study approach is employed.
You will be assessed through coursework - there are no exams.
Students who have successfully completed this pathway have gone on to support EAL pupils in primary school, teach Modern Foreign Languages and teach English abroad.
You’ll usually need an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification and a role within education that will allow you to complete the work based assignments. Even if you don’t have these entry requirements it’s worth contacting us if you have relevant professional experience as we may be able to consider your application.
In addition, we recognize the following qualifications: Full DELTA (Cambridge Diploma in TESOL) Modules 1,2 and 3 are normally eligible for 60 credits at Level 7 against our MA Education.
2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)
£580 per 20 credits*
£580 per 20 credits*
£12,000 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.