Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2019 Semester Two – 22 July
2020 Semester One – 2 March
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Programme type

Programme overview

This is a specialised programme in the theory and practice of teaching students who are speakers of other languages. It is suitable for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers whose students are not achieving their academic potential because of English-language learning needs, such as recent migrants, refugees and bilingual and indigenous learners who are speakers of other languages. This programme is designed to be taken part-time by working professionals.

You will be able to learn effective and practical techniques for developing students’ languages through the curriculum. You can use your learnings to enhance your practice, underpinned with a sound theoretical basis.

Having a TESOL qualification will improve the outcomes for the English language learners in your school.

Ministry of Education Tuition Fees Scholarships are available for this programme.  

Ministry of Education 50% Tertiary Fees Subsidy is available for approved language and literacy courses for primary school teachers.

Programme structure

You must pass 120 points in order to complete this programme, including:

Core Courses

60 points from:

  • TESSOL: Language Learning Needs (EDPROFST 227)
  • TESSOL: Language Learning through Tasks (EDPROFST 372)
  • TESSOL: Language Learning in the New Zealand Context (EDPROFST 373)
  • TESSOL: Language Focused Curriculum (EDPROFST 374)

Core Electives

At least 30 points from:

  • Introduction to Bilingual Education (EDPROFST 226)
  • TESSOL: Assessment (EDPROFST 375)
  • Bilingual Education: Models and Theories (EDPROFST 376)
  • Bilingual Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDPROFST 377)
  • Critical Approaches to Literacy (EDPROFST 378)
  • Language Analysis for Teachers (EDPROFST 706)

Elective Courses

Up to 30 points from:

  • Teaching and Te Reo Māori (EDCURRM 301)
  • Literature in Second Language Learning (LANGTCHG 700)
  • Developing Academic Literacy (LANGTCHG 715)
  • Materials Development and Evaluation (LANGTCHG 746)
  • Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching (LANGTCHG 749) as approved by the Programme Coordinator.

Up to 15 points may be taken from other courses available at this University with the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

View the courses offered in 2019.

2020 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree or diploma from a recognised university (or similar institution), or a professional qualification in teaching (or similar profession).

You will also need at least two years’ relevant professional experience and be currently teaching in a New Zealand early childhood, primary or secondary setting.

Further programme requirements

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with no bands less than 7.0. See alternative English language requirements.

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2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,120 – $8,398.80*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

This programme will allow you to build on your existing teaching knowledge and experience. If you are a registered teacher who holds a bachelors degree or advanced diploma of teaching and complete this stand alone Level 7, 120-point qualification, you may be eligible for Q3+ salary status.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Communities of learning (COL) leadership roles
  • ESOL specialist in school
  • ESOL/Language/Literacy leadership roles within schools
  • TESOL positions internationally

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