Taught course

TESOL with a Specialism in Teaching Young Learners

University of St Andrews · English Language Teaching Centre

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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline or significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning such as professional qualifications or certifications.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a Specialism in Teaching Young Learners - Distance Learning is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers as well as those considering a career in English language teaching. It is aimed at teachers with a particular interest in teaching young learners.

This degree aims to help you make connections between what you do on other modules in the context of teaching children or teenagers (from 4 to 18 years). Taking this specialism will provide you with a qualification which clearly highlights your knowledge and understanding of the needs and strengths of these age groups. This is advantageous as future employers can see immediately that you are more likely to be qualified for teaching in schools at any level.


  • Have the opportunity to design, and trial (on your peers) materials for different approaches to teaching, including Task-based Learning, Language through stories and games, and CLIL.
  • Take a specific Teaching Young Learners module, conduct research in this area as part of an Action Research module, and choose a dissertation topic to research further into the field of teaching young learners.
  • Focus your studies in your particular area of interest, and gain a better theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to teaching young learners.
  • Produce a portfolio of 4 lessons for contexts which you can select yourself, giving room for creativity and a focus on your preferred age group.
  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in the English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved (in person or online) in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

International Education Institute
+44 (0)1334 46 2255