Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) is a one-year professional qualification aimed at producing skilful English language educators for a wide variety of educational settings in the 21st century, from early childhood through to tertiary level. With its future focus, this master's programme will give students the skills, knowledge and capabilities to be adaptable in the face of future English language developments, as well as technological and pedagogical advances.  

This programme is ideal for:

  • New Zealand English language educators, or those who wish to specialise in English language education to emergent bilingual speakers of other languages in New Zealand
  • graduates of New Zealand universities who may currently teach or plan to teach English in other countries
  • teachers of English throughout the world who want or need to develop their language teaching.

This programme is available to study by distance, with teaching and learning conducted online. See also the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

Note: graduates do not become qualified New Zealand teachers through this programme, however it is suitable professional development for New Zealand teachers.

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

Students wishing to enrol in the MTESOL must have qualified for a bachelor's degree or equivalent (a B grade in 300-level courses is normally expected). Relevant work experience will also be considered. All candidates will need to be approved by the Dean of Education.

For further entry see the Regulations for the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

The programme comprises 180 points made up of six courses (at 30 points each).

The programme is usually completed in twelve months, although part-time study is possible. The MTESOL begins in July (Semester 2) for full-time students and part-time students can begin in July or November. Since the course runs throughout the summer, this timetable is useful for those who may be full-time teachers and wish to study part-time.

Subjects and courses

MTESOL students will engage with contemporary thinking on:

  • language acquisition
  • learning and teaching and
  • English linguistics.

Sub-topics include the learning of indigenous and heritage languages, technology-enhanced and technology-mediated learning, the structure and use of English, (including the study of linguistic corpora), and the position of English in all its varieties in the world, (including the study of language politics and current debate about the status of English and the native speaker).

The course and structure is as follows:

Semester 2 (July-November)

Summer session 1 and 2 (November-February)

Semester 1 (February-June)

See the Regulations for the up-to-date course schedule.

How to apply

You can enrol online at MyUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be ready for immediate employment, have a high level of digital competence and be aware of the challenges English language educators face around the world.

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

For study planning help contact:

College of Education, Health and Human Development

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

College of Education, Health and Human Development
Ōrakipaoa Office, Dovedale Avenue - see campus maps

Postal address
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand