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The School of Teacher Education offers an excellent range of courses and programmes. These unique programmes can be studied by domestic or off-shore students anywhere in the world full-time or part-time. You will read a wide range of research literature from our world-class online resources, discuss them in forums with fellow students, take part in various kinds of learning activities, and meet your teachers online in real time webinars (recorded for later viewing).

Take a look at the courses through our online learning platform Learn.

Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Master of Computer-assisted Language Learning (MCALL) brochureThis 180-point Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MCALL) prepares language teachers to make optimal, research-informed use of technology in their classrooms, and paves the way for further development. Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either fulltime or part time. In just 12 months of fulltime study (part-time options are available) graduates can gain a level 9 Master degree at the University of Canterbury. MCALL students will learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate the body of research that has investigated this important shift in the way we can learn, teach and use languages.

Graduates of the programme will have the knowledge and skills they require to be able to judiciously introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary. As education settings and the wider community gain unprecedented access to connectivity and technology, the challenge is the increased need for educators who are able to use the technology for learning. There is a demand from educators in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in NZ and worldwide for knowledge about and skills in the use of technology.

For more information visit the MCall website or download the MCALL brochure (PDF, 128KB).

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)

The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) is a one-year professional qualification aimed at producing skilful English language educators for a wide variety of educational settings in the 21st century, from early childhood through to tertiary level. With its future focus, this master's programme will give students the skills, knowledge and capabilities to be adaptable in the face of future English language developments, as well as technological and pedagogical advances.  

This programme is ideal for:

  • New Zealand English language educators, or those who wish to specialise in English language education to emergent bilingual speakers of other languages in New Zealand
  • graduates of New Zealand universities who may currently teach or plan to teach English in other countries
  • teachers of English throughout the world who want or need to develop their language teaching.

This programme is available to study by distance, with teaching and learning conducted online. 

Read an article on the MTESOL programme.

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL) is an ideal fast-track qualification for those who may have come to the career of English language education through an indirect route and wish to undertake professional development or for graduates interested in entering the TESOL profession. It is also an ideal pathway to further postgraduate study in this discipline. The programme is composed of two courses:

This programme is taught entirely online, so is an ideal fit for people who are currently working or are based overseas. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning Languages)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education generally consists of four courses totalling 120 points. Through the programme, educators will engage with the current national and international research and literature in additional language teaching methodology, programme and curriculum design, and assessment, while also enhancing their inquiry and research skills.

Master of Education (Teaching and Learning Languages)

The Master of Education can be completed either by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis. Through the programme, educators will engage with the current national and international research and literature in additional language teaching methodology, programme and curriculum design, and assessment, while also enhancing their inquiry and research skills.