MEd TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of the West of Scotland UWS, Scotland

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About Programme

The Masters of Education (MEd) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a professional qualification, offered in flexible mode, for those who teach, or plan to teach English to speakers of other languages within the school, college or university contexts.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English


  • Duration: 12 months
  • Fee national: $4,375
  • Fee international: $15,828

The programme is offered on a full-time basis to home and international students at Paisley Campus. It is also available to home students on a flexible, blended learning basis, with some attendance at Paisley and London Campuses. It is aimed at those who intend to work as TESOL professionals, teaching English at home or abroad.

Students will be equipped with the relevant, practical teaching and English language skills as well as the confidence and citizenship skills gained from developing language learnt in situ. You will be supported, throughout, in considering the role of language in a global context and the associated benefits for citizens, nationally and internationally, as developing linguists; that is, how to enhance both their own prospects and those of their prospective students in a global context.

There will be opportunities for practice-related learning for all students: this will comprise the opportunity to use practical knowledge of language and teaching pedagogy gained from the programme on a short teaching practice within the field of TESOL.

The structure of the MEd comprises six modules and a dissertation. Four of the modules are core:

  • Critical Self-Evaluation and Development
  • Research Methods
  • The Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching
  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition

Two of the modules will be options, to be chosen from:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • English as a Global Language
  • Intercultural Theory and Global Citizenship
  • Language, Identity and Power
  • Teaching English to Young Learners

You will then complete a dissertation, the title of which is to be agreed with the Programme Leader.


Employment opportunities for teachers who hold a first degree and a Masters in TESOL are excellent: this qualification is a requirement for many TESOL jobs within the UK and internationally. The professional skills acquired and developed during this programme are highly regarded by employers globally.

Entry requirements

Students should hold a first degree and either be practicing teachers of TESOL or intend to enter the profession. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

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