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Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Auckland , North Island of New Zealand ,New Zealand

Master of Professional Language Studies - Language Teaching

Develop advanced professional skills in teaching English or another language. The Master of Professional Language Studies combines practical classroom teaching with a sound knowledge of theory.

This program is aimed at teachers who have a preliminary qualification and experience in language teaching. Students are often experienced teachers of ESOL or EFL, te reo, sign language or other languages. Classes are in the late afternoon/early evening to fit around work hours.

You study a range of core and elective topics and then complete a reflective practice project where you identify an area of teaching that you would like to investigate in more depth. You critically review the literature and develop a theory of teaching in this area. In the classroom, you apply the theory through a number of teaching events and reflect on your practice.

Part-time available

Campus Information


Our City Campus is in the heart of Auckland. It is AUT’s biggest campus and home to most academic units and the central administration, including the Vice-Chancellor’s office.


  • March Deadline: May
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview
10 Days
Conditional/Unconditional Offer Letter
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Graduates will be well-prepared to advance their career in language teaching positions nationally and internationally in:

  • Community schools
  • High schools (for teachers who already have high school teaching qualifications)
  • Private language schools
  • Tertiary educational institutions

PSW Opportunity

3 years

Your qualification at level 7 or higher is acceptable if your course lasted 30 weeks or more.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum entry requirements

One year of relevant professional experience and one of the following:

  • Relevant four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree with honors
  • Relevant postgraduate diploma
  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate diploma AND a relevant professional qualification to merit standard or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to one year of advanced study

Other requirements

Students teaching in Auckland during their studies must gain approval from their teaching institution to use their own class for the Reflective Practice Project paper. Students not teaching during the program will be assisted to set up some teaching in order to complete the paper.

  • Course Code: AK1287
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 32596 NZD
    Annual Cost of Living: 15000 NZD
    Application Fee: N/A
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