Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning


This one-year professional taught master's degree is the only master's programme of its kind in New Zealand. The Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning will produce skillful language educators who can use technology to enhance learning around the world. Graduates will be able to introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary and adult learning.

Of particular interest to language educators and teachers of English and other languages, this programme prepares participants to make optimal use of technology in their classrooms, and paves the way for further development, based on the latest research.

Students anywhere in the world can study this programme online either full-time or part-time.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Every candidate for the Degree of Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning shall have:

  • an appropriate degree in New Zealand or be entitled to enrol under the Regulations for Admission ad Eundem Statum*, and
  • successfully completed a recognised teacher training course of not less than one year at a New Zealand College of Education or university; or acquired experience as a teacher in a recognised educational institution or setting; or acquired appropriate experience as an educator in a workplace or community setting or completed a qualifying course.

Note: The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level courses.

For futher entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning or use the admission requirements checker

* If a candidate wishes to enrol under Admission ad Eundem Statum, the candidate will also need to get approval from the Dean of Education.

Qualification structure and duration

The programme is offered online and students are not required to visit campus. The degree is made up of the following compulsory courses:

Candidates completing the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning can select a 30-point optional course as well.


The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is one year; the maximum period is four years part-time. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

Learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate how the way we learn, teach and use languages has shifted in recent years. Participants will learn about how to design and implement materials and use tools in a variety of settings, including international languages, ESOL, heritage and first language maintenance and development, and indigenous language revitalisation.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

For study planning help contact: 

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email education@canterbury.ac.nz