Master of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Leadership)

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Go further with your passion for education

A Master of Education (TESOL Leadership) will take your teaching career to the next level.

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What is it like?

The Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Leadership will give you the opportunity for advanced professional development in an area that is becoming increasingly important in both national and international settings.

The learning is both practical and theoretical. The Master of Education (TESOL Leadership) supports you for future roles as a leader in TESOL. As a graduate of the Master of Education (TESOL Leadership) you will be able to plan and carry out research or scholarship that demonstrates a sound understanding of current TESOL issues and innovations. You will develop a high level of skill in critical reflection and evaluation of teaching, learning, leadership and policy in TESOL settings. You will be able to contribute to the existing body of knowledge and the practice of TESOL teaching, learning and leadership in a range of educational contexts from early years to higher and tertiary education settings, in diverse national and global contexts.

A unique programme

Massey’s Master of Education (TESOL Leadership) is unique. There is no comparable qualification offered nationally or internationally, and Massey is the only university in New Zealand where you can study for your degree through distance learning. You will be taught by highly qualified, well-regarded lecturers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a good degree, some professional experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages and some leadership experience
  • Have a passion for TESOL and want to advance your leadership career
  • Are focused on TESOL at any educational level or in any educational setting
Youfei Liu
Master of TESOL Leadership
Graduated in 2014
English teacher - primary school

“It's very practical and useful. I learned a lot during my period of study…”

It was a wonderful experience that I could study in the Institute of Education. Currently, I'm working in a primary school in my hometown of Yunnan, China, teaching English. It is a very famous local school and we have six grades. Students start to learn English from Grade 1. In the future, I am interested to explore research on English teaching in EFL context to find out what needs to be improved and be changed.

Why did I choose Massey University?

There are three reasons. Firstly, my university in China recommended Massey to me, so when I researched, I found that the Institution of Education and the education major in Massey were reliable and famous in New Zealand. Secondly, the tuition fees were reasonable for me. Thirdly, I wanted to broaden my horizon and also improve my English proficiency. Overall, Massey was the best choice for my Masters. So I chose MTESOL Lead.

There were several courses in the MTESOL Lead programme that I enjoyed. Two courses, 257767 Current Issues and Innovation in TESOL Leadership and 257769 Teaching Content to English Language Learners, guided me to analyse my own context and link what I learned to the current situation in my context. I am using what I learned to think out how to make improvement or change in my context. It's very practical and useful.

I learned a lot during my period of study, not only the academic improvement, but also life experience. I visited diverse kinds of local schools in New Zealand and saw various teaching styles; I made many friends from different countries and got to experience different cultures; I travelled around New Zealand to enjoy natural beauty. I'm so grateful that I could study and stay in New Zealand for one year.


The Master of Education in TESOL Leadership can lead to numerous leadership opportunities, professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. Your leadership skills and teaching knowledge will always be highly valued. TESOL Leadership graduates work in many educational areas such as:

  • Academic and professional development
  • Applied linguistics
  • Bilingual education
  • Intercultural communication roles
  • Learning and instructional design
  • Research and policy development
  • Teacher education (adult education, tertiary institutions, schools and early childhood centres, international schools and centres)

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