Master of Professional Language Studies - Language Teaching

Develop advanced professional skills in teaching English or another language. The Master of Professional Language Studies combines practical classroom teaching with a sound knowledge of theory.

This programme is aimed at teachers who have a preliminary qualification and experience in language teaching. Students are often experienced teachers of ESOL or EFL, te reo, sign language or other languages.

You study a range of core and elective topics and then complete a reflective practice project where you identify an area of teaching that you would like to investigate in more depth. You critically review the literature and develop a theory of teaching in this area. In the classroom you apply the theory through a number of teaching events and reflect on your practice.

Start date: 2023

Minimum entry requirements

One year of relevant professional experience and one of the following:

  • Relevant four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree with honours
  • Relevant postgraduate diploma
  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate diploma AND a relevant professional qualification to merit standard or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to one year of advanced study

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

If you haven't yet met all the IELTS or equivalent test requirements, you're encouraged to discuss your entry to this programme with the Programme Administrator, Cynthia D'Souza.


English language requirements

Other requirements

Students teaching in Auckland during their studies must gain approval from their teaching institution to use their own class for the Reflective Practice Project course. Students not teaching during the programme will be assisted to set up some teaching in order to complete the course.

All courses include some blended learning; this can range from readings and the handbook posted online, to online tutorials and discussions.

You should discuss your intended study sequence with the programme leader before enrolling in courses.

Core courses

Elective courses

Choose one of:

If you're interested in undertaking research at some stage, you may also consider taking a research methods course - CLSY801 Language and Culture Research Methods - as your elective, You should discuss this with the programme leader.

Graduates will be well-prepared to advance their career in language teaching positions nationally and internationally in:

  • Community schools
  • High schools (for teachers who already have high school teaching qualifications)
  • Private language schools
  • Tertiary educational institutions

Please note that this is a professional masters and does not prepare you for PhD studies. Entry into a PhD programme normally requires a research methods paper and completion of a Masters dissertation or a published Masters level research project. If you think you might be interested in undertaking research at some stage, talk to the Programme Leader about your plans.

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
July intake open for domestic students and international students who are willing to study part-time and online.
$9,891 (for 120 points)
($8,957 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
$33,834 (for 120 points)
($32,900 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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