MA Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Start date: September or January 

Course length: Full-time: one year; part-time: three to six years.  

Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Why choose this pathway?

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.

What you will cover

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

Optional module

Prescribed pathway module

Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

Optional Module/ Evidence Based Practice

Optional Module/ Evidence Based Practice

Prescribed pathway module

Year 3 - Masters (180 credits)

Independent Study with TESOL 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:

Core modules

  • Crafting Your Masters Study
  • Evidence Based Practice‌
  • Independent Study‌ with a TESOL focus

Prescribed pathway modules

  • The Principles of English Language Teaching‌

This module will develop your understanding of the practice of English language teaching. You will explore popular methodology and students are invited to critique the methods, procedures and techniques used in the language classroom.

  • Language Learning Theory and Practice‌

The module will help you to develop an appreciation of how the diverse linguistic backgrounds of learners influence language learning. The role of both the learner and teacher in the language acquisition process will also be considered.

MA Education Programme Specification

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

How you will learn

How you will learn

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 

You will be assessed through coursework - there are no exams.

Careers and employability

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.

Entry requirements

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. 

How to Apply

Full-time UK/EU and International Students

Part-time UK/EU Students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)


£600 per 20 credits*

£600 per 20 credits*


£13,500 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 Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. 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.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

Pathway enquiries

Course leader: Jennifer Marshall

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby