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Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Some courses available internally at Manawatū
  • Part-time over two years or more
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

For admission to this Graduate Certificate students need to provide evidence that they have access to teaching a group of learners of English as an additional language within a formal educational setting and have:

  • 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 be teaching under the New Zealand English language partners scheme (see

You will need to supply official academic records and a CV when you apply for enrolment.

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

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The programme is designed for part-time study, so it is not possible to take all four courses in one semester. The suggested course order is as follows:

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 Cross-Cultural 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

If you have a permanent teaching position in a New Zealand mainstream class or a specialist ESOL class and have at least two years’ teaching experience, you may be eligible for a Ministry of Education scholarship.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language structure

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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