University of Portsmouth

TESOL, Leadership and Management (Distance Learning)

This course is ideal for practising ELT/EFL/TESOL teachers who wish to continue developing their careers by taking on leadership and management roles. The course is also ideal for language school managers/directors in different parts of the world. As well as thoroughly reviewing developments in the fields of TESOL and Management, this flexible course develops expertise in areas of personal professional interest. Overall, it offers a way to extend your knowledge and understanding of leadership, management, language learning and teaching, as it develops the skills and attitudes that will help you work successfully in a fast-developing global society.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Core subjects: Leadership, policy and strategy: the management of educational change; theory and practice of TESOL; dissertation. Options: management of people and marketing in public organisations; management of resources, finance and information systems; theory and practice of applied linguistics; world Englishes; using technology and corpora in learning, teaching and research; managing and supervising teachers.

Assessment methods

Typically each taught unit runs for 12 weeks and has the equivalent of 4 hours of teaching per week. Teaching takes place online in our virtual learning environment, where groups of students analyse arguments, contribute ideas and ask questions. Tutors are also available to offer guidance to students on an individual basis.


UK/EU fees include Channel Islands/Isle of Man students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Distance learning September 2018 2,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years
MA Distance learning January 2019 2,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years

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