Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL) is an ideal fast-track qualification for those who may have come to the career of English language education through an indirect route and wish to undertake professional development or for graduates interested in entering the TESOL profession. It is also an ideal pathway to further postgraduate study in this discipline.
The programme and its courses are relevant for educators working in many kinds of English language development settings in New Zealand and internationally, including the education of emergent bilinguals who are speakers of Māori, Pasifika and other heritage languages.
Graduates from the programme will gain:
- research-informed understanding of the history and future trends of English language learning
- an understanding of the theories, practices and politics of second language acquisition and language teaching/learning
- the ability to design and implement English language learning activities
- an appreciation of linguistic and pedagogical innovation and change.
This programme is taught entirely online, so is an ideal fit for people who are currently working or are based overseas.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
PGCertTESOL candidates require a bachelor's degree or must satisfy the Dean of Education and Health Sciences of relevant post-secondary study and work experience. For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or use the admission requirements checker.
Qualification structure and duration
The programme comprises 60 points in two compulsory 30-point courses. The coursework involves assignments, activities, project work and research.
There is flexibility in order of courses, so students can start in July or November. This Postgraduate Certificate will usually be completed within 12 months part-time (and can be studied up to two years part-time).
Subjects and courses
The programme is composed of two courses:
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Subject to the approval of the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, a student may transfer courses passed with a B grade or higher for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to the:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (endorsed in Teaching and Learning Languages); or
- Master of Education (endorsed in Teaching and Learning Languages)
- Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
For study planning help contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800