Examine the theory and practice of English Language Teaching and deepen your understanding of broader education-related topics on this MA Education.
This course is suitable for teachers who have experience of, or interest in, the teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). You will acquire knowledge and skills in second language acquisition, teaching methodology, broader educational studies and academic skills.
At the Institute of Education we recognise the uniqueness of every student and we address our teaching to suit your individual needs. Alongside your core modules, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of broader education-related topics. The structure of the course gives you the opportunity to create and shape our programme to suit your needs and your personal career aspirations.
Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including making use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching and screen capture in assessment.
You tutors are internationally or nationally renowned and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques, both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course, and you will benefit from the breadth of their expertise and backgrounds in educating and influencing policy.
Our academics are committed to high quality, world-class teaching and this is reflected in the awards they hold. Our academic community comprises 37 Fellows, Associate Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a National Teaching Fellow.
The Institute of Education is based in our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30 million refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.
We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including: modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk-screen.
The Institute also houses an incredible collection of teaching and research resources, called the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains every type of teaching aid imaginable for loan or for reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.
The quality of our research was recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, which placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK. Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.
If you wish to develop the relevant knowledge and skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and related linguistic areas, please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/english-language-and-applied-linguistics-pg/ma-teaching-english-to-speakers-of-other-languages-tesol.aspx
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: You are normally required to
have a good first or second class honours degree (or
equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from
the standard university entry requirements, we normally
expect students to have a professional background in
education with experience of teaching. Ideally we would
like students to have had at least two years’ experience
of teaching but will consider applications from good
students with at least one year’s experience. If you have
a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can
be compensated for by good teaching experience.
What will you study?
Second language teaching and learning
English language: study skills and research methodology
Values and practices in education
Developing expertise in teaching
Teaching multilingual learners in a global context
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £7,360 per year
New international students: £15,650 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2018/19 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.
With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.