Master of Education (MEd)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


St Luke's Campus, Exeter


One year full-time in Exeter.

The following video provides an overview of the programme and includes interviews with staff and students.


The MEd Tesol at the University of Exeter is aimed at qualified teachers and others who work in TESOL at either primary, secondary or tertiary levels in different educational contexts around the world.

Whether you are a qualified teacher or new to the profession, we offer a route within our flexible MEd TESOL which is tailored to your needs. Built on 20 years' experience of English language teaching, our Masters programme offers two routes; one for teaching practitioners seeking to develop their professional skills and the other for those wanting to enter a career in language teaching.

The MEd TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular, it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level. At Exeter, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd TESOL can help you to move into new areas within TESOL such as teacher education and training, English for special purposes, materials development and the teaching of English to young learners.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a broad term, encompassing a number of other terms related to the various contexts in which English is taught around the world. These include:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), which refers specifically to the teaching of English in countries where it is not an official language
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), which refers to those contexts where English is acquired as a second language, in addition to a first language, as is the case where English is used as the language of government, for example, or education
  • TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language). 

While studying my Med in TESOL, I received useful and effective instruction and support from the academic staff in the Graduate School of Education. Their support continued after I graduated and I now have an offer to study a PhD at the Center for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong.

Being an Exeter student has become part of my identity, and this identity helps us graduates develop and succeed wherever we go.

Yan Zhang, Med TESOL graduate

Hands on experience

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience  by undertaking visits to local language schools in Exeter.

You will also develop your understanding of theoretical issues in language teaching and the implications of these for classroom practice through insights shared by guest speakers.

Programme for all TESOL professionals

The programme will:

  • develop and extend your understanding of key aspects of linguistics and learning theory and their influence on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages;
  • enable you to make informed professional decisions regarding language teaching in the workplace and justify these to others;
  • enable you to select, adapt and design materials and activities for language teaching appropriate to your own teaching context;
  • enable you to investigate and research aspects of TESOL in ways that will support continuing development and practice as a foreign language teaching professional.

This Masters pathway gives you the opportunity to study another aspect of education by selecting up to 30 credits of optional modules from the other MA Education options.

It is also possible to obtain a postgraduate diploma in TESOL (120 credits) or a postgraduate certificate (60 credits).

Perhaps the most important aspect was the engagement of teaching staff, who constantly displayed energy and enthusiasm.

Sean Hodges
MEd student

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