TESOL options at the Graduate School of Education

Exeter University is a leading provider of qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

We offer TESOL/TEFL courses at Masters level and Doctoral level.

For more information on these courses please follow the links below.

Masters level

MEd TESOL

The MEd in TESOL 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.

MEd TESOL (Summer Intensive Course)

The University of Exeter is the only UK university to offer a face-to-face Summer Intensive MEd TESOL. The programme is aimed at teachers of all education levels hoping to further develop their TESOL training.

It is a three year programme. At the beginning of the first and second year you attend a one month intensive course during July in Exeter. Then you have the third year to write up your thesis which is based on a research study.

Doctoral level

EdD TESOL

The EdD is a ‘Professional Doctorate’ which is equivalent in level to a PhD, but particularly suited to professionals who aim to link research closely with their existing professional practice. The EdD in language teaching (TESOL/TEFL) involves an in-depth examination of issues related to language learning and teaching and language teacher education.

EdD TESOL in Dubai

The EdD is a ‘Professional Doctorate’ which is equivalent in level to a PhD, but particularly suited to professionals who aim to link research closely with their existing professional practice. This programme is conducted at our Dubai Centre in Dubai Knowledge Village and  involves an in-depth examination of issues related to language learning and teaching and language teacher education.

Research degrees

MPhil/PhD TESOL

The MPhil/PhD is more suited to those planning to become professional researchers.

We have an exceptionally large number of PhD and doctoral students in this area, and we are strategically developing our expertise here.

Areas of particular interest are:

  • Research which aims to develop a critical understanding of TESOL policy, curriculum design and classroom practice in different settings.  We are interested in questions concerning how the sociocultural setting outside the classroom and wider political and historical processes impact on the teaching and learning processes inside the classroom. We are also interested in questions about the teaching and learning process in the classroom itself, and in the development of appropriate classroom pedagogy.
  • Research into spoken and written discourse. We are interested in exploring  written and spoken texts both in terms of describing their linguistic features (a microanalysis)  but also in terms of how discourse can be seen to represent and reproduce wider societal structures and power differentials (a macroanalysis). A particular interest is classroom discourse and the ways in which this creates or limits learning opportunities in the classroom. 
  • Research into intercultural communication both in classrooms and in other settings.We are interested in questions concerning how intercultural understanding is achieved and in thinking about how to develop classroom methodology to develop intercultural competence.
  • Research into how learners and teachers construct their identities and how these  influence what happens in TESOL classrooms.

A particular focus of current research in the department is on how the above impact on the teaching of English to young learners and on teacher education.