MA Education (TESOL): Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


Programme Description

  • Τhe MA Education (TESOL) programme is designed to be up to date with international and national research and practice in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Placement opportunities in collaborating institutions, such as International Summer Schools, NGOs, preparatory language courses in British Universities, a.o.
  • The University of Derby ranks in the TOP-20 of British Universities for Education studies (Guardian 2019).
  • Innovative modules that aim to develop the teaching practice of participating students and provide expertise in the scientific field of TESOL.
  • A highly interactive programme, with teaching strategies adjusted to mature students and professionals (block delivery Saturdays and 1 weekday, extensive electronic resources, and written course-work).

The 2-year part-time MA Education (TESOL) programme is aimed at recent graduates or teachers and tutors who wish to work as highly qualified English language teachers in Greece and abroad. In particular, it develops students’ knowledge and understanding of:

  • The linguistic processes involved in learning a second/foreign language.
  • Responding to the learning needs of students from diverse linguistic environments.
  • Modern pedagogical theories in the field of teaching English as a second/foreign language.

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Admissions Requirements

The programme is relevant to:

  • Holders of the Certificate of Proficiency in English (Cambridge, Michigan, etc.) or other professional qualification, with extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign language, in Greece or abroad.
  • University or College graduates regardless of discipline, who want to build a career in the field of TESOL.

Requirements for registration:

  • Copy of the latest certificate of studies (authenticated) *
  • CV (in English)
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Good knowledge of English (IELTS 6.5 level or equivalent)
  • Academic interview
  • Photos (4)
  • Copy of ID-card/passport (authenticated)

*Candidates with no University degree are also encouraged to apply for the programme. Factors like professional qualifications, evidenced experience in education and indication of engagement in university studies, contribute to the admission of non-degree holders in the MA Education Programme.

Teaching & Learning

The 2-year part-time programme MA Education (TESOL) comprises of six modules of 20 credits, out of which, four are core modules and two are specialization modules. It also includes the diploma thesis (Independent Study) during the second year that is supported by a tutor, on a topic closely related to the student’s work interests. The programme content is practical and flexible, with the intention to enhance the professional specialization of the participants and integrate the already existing experiences and interests developed in the workplace. Through the modules, the participants will be provided with many interesting ideas and motives to think about their educational approach and practice and they will discover opportunities to improve their English language teaching skills.

According to the number of credits collected, the participants have the option to exit the programme and acquire intermediate qualifications, like the Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

Teaching on the MA programme includes both lectures, as well as other types of teaching and learning activities (e.g. student presentations, workshops, small-group activities). All modules are supported by our online learning environment, so that students can access materials online and support their independent study in between sessions.

Year 1

  • Fall Semester
    • Crafting your Master's Study
    • Language Learning Theory and Practice
  • Winter Semester
    • The Principles of English Language Teaching
    • Developing the Skills of the Specialist Practitioner
  • Summer Semester
    • Comparative Education
    • Evidence-Based Practice

Year 2

  • Independent Study

Why choose this course

Why choose to study for an MA Education in TESOL at Mediterranean College?

  • The University of Derby, according to the University rankings of Guardian (2019), is at the TOP 20 of British Universities in Education studies and is ranked 1st out of British Universities represented in Greece.
  • All the programmes of the College of Education at the University of Derby have been evaluated by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education), and received the grade ‘outstanding’, the highest grade received as an educational organisation.
  • MA Education students participate in the annual «MA Education Works» conference organized by the University of Derby, as well as, in national and international conferences and symposia organised by the College during their studies.
  • Students can exit at any point during the programme of studies having gained 60 credits (Postgraduate Certificate), 120 credits (Postgraduate Diploma) or 180 credits (Masters Degree).
  • The programme has no written examinations. Students are evaluated through written work, oral presentations and portfolios.
  • Tutors on the course are Accredited Lecturers at the University of Derby, for each module they teach. Mediterranean College upholds a systematic way of selecting, evaluating and professionally developing tutors so that students benefit from the highest possible quality of the teaching provided.
  • Students at the College of Education at MC participate actively in the MC Employability Scheme, that prepares them for a competitive entry in the field they wish to work in.

Further Study & Career

With the completion of the MA Education (TESOL), graduates are holders of a recognized Master’s Degree from a high-ranking British University.

They are able to gain professional recognition for their degree through the Greek Organisation for recognition of Professional Qualifications

They are able to work as highly-qualified professionals in TESOL in:

  • a variety of educational institutions
  • Schools
  • FL institutions
  • NGOs
  • international summer schools, with both young and adult populations.

Furthermore, through the thorough scientific and research grounding received during the programme, they are able to continue to Doctoral study.

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Being the first private College to be founded in Greece back in 1977, the Mediterranean College prides for its pioneering initiatives that have shaped private, higher education in Greece.

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