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Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language


Be in demand

Are you actively involved in teaching English as an additional language to learners? Do you want to gain further knowledge in teaching English as an additional language?

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 60
  • Duration

  • 2 year(s) part-time. Not available for full-time study.
  • Other

  • Some courses available internally at Manawatū

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (GradCertTEAL) is a flexible undergraduate qualification for students from a range of different background experiences.

You must already be teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL).

If you are not currently teaching, you can contact your local English Language Partners (see for information on your local branch). Schools or language institutions in your area may also have opportunities for volunteering.

Why study with us?

  • You will develop the ability to share your knowledge and research.
  • You will develop a critical awareness of theory, research and pedagogy that directly benefits your teaching.
  • You will be taught by highly qualified, well-regarded lecturers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care.
  • You will learn skills to apply to your own professional context.
  • Massey University has extensive experience offering online, blended and distance qualifications.

Financial assistance

You may be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award from the Ministry of Education. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

Careers and further study


Where will your skills take you with GradCertTEAL?

GradCertTEAL can lead to numerous career opportunities, professionally and in voluntary positions in the community as well as overseas. Your skills and teaching knowledge will always be in demand. You can use the qualification to advance your career in teaching English language learners.

Graduates find work or enhance their careers in many educational areas such as:

  • adult education, tertiary institutions, schools and early childhood centres
  • applied linguistics
  • bilingual education
  • teaching English as a foreign language
  • teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • intercultural communication roles
  • international teaching positions
  • international teaching assistant positions
  • reading and writing student support roles
  • teacher education.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language you will provide evidence that you have access to teaching a group of learners of English as an additional language within a formal educational setting and have:

  • been awarded or qualified for a university degree or diploma; or
  • completed at least two years of relevant practical, professional, or scholarly experience.

For the purposes of this graduate certificate, a relevant practice situation may be a school or other approved institution, or you may be teaching under the New Zealand English language partners scheme (see

You will need to please provide the following documents:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

60 credits

  • Compulsory courses – 30 credits
  • Electives from the Schedule – 30 credits

Ensure overall you have at least 45 credits at 300 level.

Courses for this programme

Compulsory courses

30 credits
257370 Teaching Learners of English as Another Language 15
257375 Learning English as Another Language 15

Elective courses (30 credits)

No more than 15 credits from
172233 Language Learning Processes 15
172239 Language and Culture 15
At least 15 credits from
219304 Intercultural Communication 15
254337 Teaching and Learning with Pasifika Peoples in NZ 15
269372 Understanding Migrant Cultures in Aotearoa/New Zealand 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language is not a 'start-up' course in TESOL/TEAL. It is designed to enhance ongoing teaching of experienced practitioners.

The programme is designed for part-time study, so it is not possible to take all four courses in one semester.

TESSOL scholarship recipients

Teachers receiving funding from the Ministry of Education TESSOL Scholarship will be funded for four courses. These are shown in their recommended order.

Year One

257.375 Learning English as Another Language - Semester One

172.233 Language Learning Processes - Semester Two or 172.239 Language and Culture - summer school

Year Two

219.304 Intercultural Communication or 254.337 Teaching and Learning with Pasifika Peoples in NZ - Semester One

257.370 Teaching Learners of English as Another Language - Semester Two.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want to study to fit in with family or employment commitments
  • want a professional qualification
  • wish to gain theoretical and practical perspectives that will help you teach students that have English as an additional language.

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships