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Course overview

The MA in Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – MA in Education (TESOL) – is designed for experienced TESOL professionals who already have a Level-6 qualification and at least one-year, full-time experience of teaching English as a foreign or second language in any context.

Applicants with a Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and sufficient English teaching experience will also be considered.

This route is an opportunity for you to explore an aspect of TESOL relevant to your interests and career development aspirations. You reflect upon your own practice, identify areas of professional relevance and explore possible approaches to TESOL.You are encouraged to share your experiences and perspectives on aspects of educational practice. Learning is shared with students on other MA in Education routes, who come from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds. This gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding not only of TESOL, but also of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. Therefore, students can discuss and explore themes that are particularly relevant to TESOL, and develop a sense of belonging to the whole MA in Education cohort.Peer-led discussions on the range of research and practice areas covered in sessions provide the opportunity for inter-professional discussion and debate, and to consider relevant issues from the perspectives of other professional educational groups which in turn supports you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge.You are encouraged to consider potential progression beyond completion of the MA in Education (TESOL), for example to doctoral studies.

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Course details

The MA in Education (TESOL) has a full-time and a part-time route. Both routes have taught sessions that are scheduled so that working professionals are able to attend

You study 180 Level-7 credits, made up of four core modules plus a final Dissertation module. The modules enable you to update your knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice, whilst developing your understanding of theoretical models and current debates. Throughout the course, there is a strong emphasis on the application of your studies to your professional context.

Course structure

Core modules

Combining Professional and Academic Practice

You study with other students from a range of educational backgrounds, and you can consolidate your professional development and academic knowledge. You focus on an educational issue that is relevant to you, negotiated with your tutor. You apply learning from contemporary academic theory and research, reflecting on how the issue may enhance practice. Assessment is a 4,500-word critical commentary supported by a portfolio of evidence focused on an aspect of professional educational activity. This assessment is 100% of your final mark.

Dissertation

You work closely with an allocated supervisor, who is matched to you based on the topic area of your Dissertation, to conduct research into an area appropriate to your course route. You review relevant literature and select appropriate research methodology.

As part of the MA in Education (TESOL) route, the topics explored within the Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research and the Dissertation modules are chosen by you, but they must be around current debates and issues in TESOL.

Educational Research: Practice and Planning

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills you require to undertake systematic primary research in the field of education as part of your Advanced Independent Study module.

It explores and questions the uses and applications of research methodologies, data collection methods, data analysis methods and issues of ‘good practice’ including reliability, validity and ethics.

There will be 32 hours of tutor support available through workshops, project supervision etc. but the module will emphasise your autonomy in determining, in a reflexive manner, appropriate decision making and independent learning.

Language and Approaches in English Language Teaching

You focus on developing your knowledge of the language systems and skills of English commonly taught in the English language classroom, as well as the problems that learners experience in developing these. The module also examines the background to, and contemporary issues in, learning, teaching and assessment approaches in TESOL, in a range of contexts. You are assessed by a 4,500-word assignment, which is 100 % of the final mark. In this assessment, you are required to produce a critical commentary on a proposed English language course, for a specified group of learners.

Using the Literature to Inform Educational Research

You develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake a literature search and plan a literature review, in preparation for your work on the Dissertation module. You discuss the importance of literature reviews in the research process, in your chosen area of knowledge or professional practice. The formative assessment is a literature search which you carry out individually and discuss in seminars. The summative assessment is a 4,500-word essay, in which you compare and contrast two approaches to literature review, and reflect on, and critique, your chosen literature-search strategy. This is 100% of your final mark.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You are encouraged to share your experiences and perspectives on aspects of practice within taught sessions and through discussions on the University’s online learning environment.

You study with students from a variety of educational settings and backgrounds, which gives you the opportunity to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of knowledge in educational research and practice. Peer-led discussions in workshop and seminar sessions, on a range of research and educational practices, provide you with the opportunity for inter-professional debate and sharing. You consider relevant issues from the perspective of other professional educational groups. This, in turn, prompts you to integrate and synthesise a diverse range of knowledge. Moreover, you are encouraged to consider your progression after the course.

How you are assessed

Staff teaching on the course have a wide range of educational backgrounds and specialist interests to support cross-disciplinary interests and multi-agency working. Another important element is how your transition to studying at level 7 is supported. You are offered academic support to help you understand the requirements of master’s level study, to develop your skills in academic writing and referencing, as well as critical thinking and critical writing, and in the key information technology skills, including in literature searching. The assessment has been designed to prompt you to reflect on your own practice and specific professional context. Student feedback on the course has consistently highlighted the level of support from the staff as a major contributor to their success.

 
 

Entry requirements

You should have a good honours degree (at least a 2.2) and at least one-year full-time experience of teaching English as a foreign or second language in any context. Applicants with a Cambridge University Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and sufficient English teaching experience will also be considered. In exceptional cases, applicants who are able to demonstrate suitable significant experience or further study may be considered for the course, and may be asked to attend an informal interview to assess their suitability.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities are numerous, from progressing in your current role to moving to a more senior role within the TESOL field.

 

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£5,900 a year

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£12,045 a year

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Part-time

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£655 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
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Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

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Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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