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Application deadline - 31st August 2012

Please note that complete applications (including all supporting documents) for the MEd TESOL starting in October 2012 should be submitted by 31st August 2012 at the latest; applications received after this date will still be considered but we cannot guarantee to process your papers in time for the start of the programme.

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

TESOL StudentA Masters in TESOL from the University of Exeter 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 in 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.

As well as developing your understanding of theoretical issues in language teaching and the implications of these for classroom practice through insights shared by guest speakers, you can also gain hands-on experience in UK primary or secondary schools by undertaking extended visits as an informal volunteer teaching assistant to support pupils whose first language is not English.

Whatever your background and whether you work in primary, secondary or higher educational settings around the world, our MEd TESOL programme caters to the needs of all TESOL professionals. The programme provides you with a theoretical overview of key aspects of TESOL; an introduction to educational research; and an understanding of how to conduct research in the field of TESOL. It also allows you to specialise in optional modules of your choice and to enhance your opportunities for career progression.

This Masters pathway gives you the opportunity to study another aspect of education by selecting up to 30 credits of optional modules from the two other MEd pathways: Creative Arts or Special Educational Needs (SEN).

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


One year full-time in Exeter.

Course & Modules

The full-time, one year MEd TESOL in Education pathway is part of a coherent Masters programme, which gives you the opportunity to study another aspect of Education.

Students may select any combination of elective modules (timetable permitting) up to the maximum of 60 credits, 30 of which must be obtained through pathway specific modules.  In order to receive an award with a specialist programme title (e.g. MEd TESOL in Education), a maximum of 30 credits may be taken outside the chosen special field. Students completing the programme with fewer than the minimum of 90 credits in a single specialist programme (Creative Arts/TESOL/SEN/ Technology, Creativity and Thinking) will be eligible for the award of “Master of Education” (with no named specialism).

Compulsory modules for the TESOL specialism

Depending on your level of professional experience, you will take one of the following core modules:

Students with less than two years teaching experience must take EFPM280. Students with more than two years teaching experience will normally take EFPM266.

The following modules are compulsory for all students:

Electives (60 credits)

Creative Arts:



Technology, Creativity and Thinking:

The availability of all modules is subject to timetable, staffing and other constraints, including financial viability as determined by student recruitment and fees. Module availability is thus subject to permission from the Director of Education.

Teaching & Assessment

Assignments vary from module to module and involve a variety of assessment methods, including written essays, oral presentations and portfolio-based assessment.

We take great care to provide you with support for your studies. All students are assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and face-to-face tutorials. You will also have opportunities to sign up for general academic support tutorials that run on a weekly basis. For students whose first language is not English, in-session support classes and individual tutorials are provided by INTO University of Exeter.

For details of the different teaching, learning and assessment methods used at Exeter please follow this link and click on any of the headings for further information.

Dress code on school placements

If you are accepted on the programme, for the school experience placement element of the course, the University will make reasonable efforts to find a school within the usual placement area. You will be required to comply with the placement provider’s policies, which may include dress codes. For example, some schools may have a policy on students wearing the full veil. Should you wish to wear the full veil and it is not reasonably possible for the University to find a school in the usual placement area that will permit this, you may instead suggest a school within reasonable distance outside the usual area (for example, London or Birmingham) in order to fulfil the placement requirements. You will need to meet any additional costs incurred either by yourself (e.g. accommodation) or by the University (e.g. additional travelling costs to observe/supervise in the classroom). Any such placement would need to be approved by the University as suitable for the course being undertaken.

Some schools may be happy to accommodate a woman wearing a full veil outside the classroom, but not inside the classroom and, hence, should you wish to wear it at all times you may experience limited school experience opportunities.

Please contact the Graduate School of Education at any point before or after your application/acceptance to discuss any concerns or queries.

Fees & Funding

Fees for 2013/14 are as follows:

  • MEd: Home/EU £6,500; International £14,500
  • PgDip: Home/EU £4,334; International £9,667
  • PgCert: Home/EU £2,167; International £4,834

Visit the University's Scholarships, bursaries and studentships pages to find out about all available funding opportunities.


A Masters in 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.

In addition, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd in TESOL can help you 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. Our MEd also offers excellent preparation for progression to PhD or professional doctorate (EdD).

Entry Requirements

For admission to the programme, we would normally expect a first degree in language or in education equivalent to a UK Second Class Honours.

If English is not your first language you will need to submit, before starting a programme, evidence of a good command of English. For students completing the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), this means an overall score of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any section.

Academic Staff

The programme is taught by a team of highly-experienced TESOL educators who have worked in a wide range of countries, including China, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

  • Dr Jill Cadorath
    Teacher Education, Language Teaching Methodology, English for Specific Purposes
  • Dr Salah Troudi
    Curriculum in TESOL, CALL, Critical Applied Linguistics, TESOL Research Methodologies, Language Policies, Medium of Instruction, Education in the Arab World
  • Sarah Rich
    Culture in Language Learning, Identity, Young Learners, Classroom-based Research
  • Dr Susan Riley
    Testing, Management and Leadership, Second Language Acquisition, Writing
  • Dr Li Li
    Language Teacher Education (Cognition and Identity), Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning, Classroom Discourse, Research Methodology, New Technologies in Language Classrooms, Language Awareness
  • Dr Yongcan Liu
    Vygotsky and Sociocultural Theory, Community of Practice and Language Learning, Teacher Development, Classroom Ethnography, Narrative-Based Research


An Introduction

Entry Requirements

Teaching and Assessment

A Student's Experience


Student Experience

The lecturers are superb. Not only are they knowledgeable and articulate in their conveyance of this, but they are also highly personable. In fact, I have deliberately tried to model aspects of my own practice on the examples that they set.
Gareth Morris, MEd 2011

One of the reasons to study the TESOL program was that they focused on a small-group teaching. The size of each lesson was just around 20 students. Therefore, I had a lot of interactions with tutors and other students from different backgrounds, which has increased my learning opportunities and offered me opportunities to develop my understanding of teaching English from different cultural perspectives.
Xuying Fan, MEd 2011

“The University of Exeter has a great reputation in the UK. The summer programme is wonderful for teachers like myself who are working abroad because we can take a month off during the summer for studies.”
Shaghaygh Khademian, MEd 2008

“The programme participants were a very diverse group of teachers – from different countries AND teaching in all types of institutions AND all age groups – which was extremely enriching to the discussions”.
Joy Westendorp, MEd 2008

An interview with Mohammed Manasreh, MEd TESOL student at the University of Exeter School of Education, in which he explains why he decided to study at Exeter and his experiences of the programme.

Reading List (sample)

Disclaimer: please note that these are unconfirmed reading lists, provided here to give you an idea of the kind of texts that might be referred to during your programme. As soon as each reading list has been finalised it will be available from your programme tutors. 

You will not be expected to purchase all of the texts listed - these are indicative reading lists used in previous years and are subject to change.

Comprehensive reading lists for each module of the MEd TESOL programme are given on the programme information pages; please click on the following links to see the individual reading lists, featured at the bottom of the page in each case:-

Principles of Language Learning for TESOL (EFPM266); compulsory module for those with professional experience: 

Developing Practical Knowledge for TESOL Teaching (EFPM280); compulsory module for those without professional experience: 

Language Awareness for TESOL (EFPM267); compulsory module: 

Introduction to Educational Research (EFPM277); compulsory module:

MEd dissertation (EFPM241); compulsory module: 

For more information on reading lists for the individual elective modules, please visit the Course and Modules page and search under 'Electives' (60 credits).