Taught course

TESOL, Leadership and Management (Distance Learning) (2 Year)

University of Portsmouth · School of Education, Languages and Linguistics

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree 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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Language teaching is most effective when supported by strong leadership. If you're looking to become a manager of TESOL practitioners (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), or to be promoted into higher-level roles in TESOL leadership, this Master's in TESOL Leadership and Management is exactly the course you need.

You might be a language graduate, a current ELT, EFL or TESOL teacher, or already the manager or director of a language school. This course will give you the industry-specific business and management skills to become the most successful and confident TESOL leader you can be.

With access to the entire course online, you can study full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years, enabling you to fit your studies around your work schedule and apply learning to your role in real time.

When you graduate, you'll have the entrepreneurial expertise to progress to management and leadership jobs in the sector, either in your own country or abroad, or the option to continue on to doctoral research in teaching, management and related fields.

Course highlights

  • Gain the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to manage TESOL practitioners and lead TESOL organisations, such as language schools and higher education institutions
  • Learn the latest developments in the TESOL field, including World Englishes, using technology for language learning, and the issue of 'translanguaging' – using different languages together
  • Identify and evaluate challenges for teachers and managers, and explore strategies for the development of teachers that ensure the highest quality of TESOL teaching and learning
  • Explore the relationship between theory and effective practice in language teaching

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

This Master's degree in TESOL Leadership and Management will develop your ability to lead and inspire teachers and practitioners in the industry and run successful TESOL organisations, such as language schools.

When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work in TESOL management and leadership positions in both the private or public sectors. You'll be ready to seek promotion to higher-level leadership roles in your current career as a TESOL practitioner or manager, to go on to study for a PhD, or to set up and lead your own business in the field.

Graduates of this course have gone onto areas such as:

  • Language school management
  • Higher education institutions management
  • Teacher education
  • External assessment
  • PhD research

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566