Taught course

Education with TESOL (Trinity Certified)

Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements


  • Undergraduate degree with second class lower division (2:2) or equivalent
  • Applicants with other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis


  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component


  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or overseas police check will be required

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Education has been studied from an international and multi-dimensional perspective at Keele for over 50 years, focusing on its broader role and impact on individuals, communities, and the world at large. Building on the success of our established MA in Education, the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) pathway develops practical skills and techniques – such as classroom management and lesson planning – to support learners of English as an additional, second or foreign language. In addition to a Master's in Education, you will achieve the Trinity College (London) Certificate in TESOL, an internationally-recognised teacher training qualification.

Officially spoken in over 60 countries, English remains the most common universal language in the world and there are an estimated 1.5 billion English language learners. With the English Language learning market predicted to hit $54.92 billion by 2027, our MA in Education with TESOL responds to growing demand for well-trained ESOL teachers. Reflecting recent education reforms, you will delve into language learning theory and teaching methods, drawing on expertise of our staff developed in a variety of different contexts and countries - with the opportunity to put your teaching into practice with our international students or members of the local community.

In addition to a Master's degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain the professionally-accredited Certificate in TESOL, which is awarded by Trinity College London. Preparation for the moderation visit by the Trinity Assessor includes a minimum of six hours' teaching practice, though you have the option of also spending up to three months on an educational placement. This will present you with a unique opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of people who do not speak English as their first language and appreciate 'what it feels like' for them to learn a new language. This will enhance your practice and understanding of issues surrounding teaching and learning foreign languages.

Studying education at Keele is shaped by our strong focus – in both teaching and research – on the broader role of education in enhancing human development and how education is related to the economy, society and people’s lives, their opportunities and identities. This pathway is of particular interest to anyone seeking a career teaching English as a foreign language. It aims to develop exceptional teaching practice which positively engages learners and enables them to fulfil their true potential. It also provides an excellent foundation for further research or to pursue a PhD or a Professional Doctorate.

Fees and funding

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website. https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduatestudy/tuitionfeesandfunding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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