TESOL Leadership and Management MA
MA TESOL Leadership and Management
If you're language graduate, a current ELT, EFL or TEFOL teacher, or the manager or director of a language school – our MA TESOL Leadership and Management Master's course will help you develop your career in a TESOL sector.
On this course, you'll learn about recent developments in the TESOL field, and improve your knowledge and understanding of leadership, management, language learning and teaching.
When you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge to progress to management and leadership jobs in the sector, either in your own country or abroad, or the option to continue on to doctoral research in teaching, management and related fields.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn the relationship between theory and effective practice in language teaching
- Get the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in the field of educational management
- Understand the needs of students from different backgrounds and levels of education
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your leadership and management skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in TESOL management and leadership positions in both the private or public sectors.
Career opportunities include:
- Language school management
- Higher education institutions management
- Teacher education
- External assessment
- PhD research
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment, through close industrial contact, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
UK/EU/Channel Islands/Isle of Man/International students
- Distance learning: £2,000 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units currently include:
- Leadership, Policy and Strategy: The Management of Educational Change
- Theory and Practice of TESOL
Options to choose from currently include:
- Decision making in education
- Education and development
- Human resource management in education
- Professional portfolio
- Second language acquisition
- Using technology and corpora in language teaching and research
- World Englishes
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching takes place in our virtual learning environment, where you'll analyse arguments, contribute ideas and ask questions.
You'll also have access to a tutor, who will give guidance and support on an individual basis.
How you'll spend your time
Typically, each taught unit runs for twelve weeks and has the equivalent of four hours of teaching per week.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through coursework, which will generally take the form of essays.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.