Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Leadership)

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Go further with your passion for education

A Postgraduate Diploma in Education (TESOL Leadership) will take your professional practice to the next level.

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What is it like?

The learning is both practical and theoretical. As a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (TESOL Leadership) you’ll develop skills in critical reflection of teaching, learning, leadership and policy in TESOL settings. You’ll develop a better understanding of current educational issues and practices 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 Postgraduate Diploma 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 Postgraduate Diploma in 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 setting


The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (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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