Postgraduate Diploma/Master of Arts In Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

(Recognized by the Ministry of Education)

You have the flexibility to exit the program in one year with either a Masters by Coursework or a Postgraduate Diploma and return within 05 years to complete the Master of Arts by research – ideal for working professionals.

The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language [MA(TESL)], which commenced in 2005, was the first English Language Teaching (ELT) postgraduate qualification to be offered within the Sri Lankan university system. Over the years MA(TESL) has provided theoretical and practical training to ELT practitioners in a wide range of contexts ranging from English lecturers in the state and non-state university system to teachers at primary and secondary levels in state and non-state schools. The program has also produced a rich body of authentic research in many teaching and learning contexts in Sri Lanka.

The changing student profile and the theoretical and practical advances in English Language Teaching have led to this new-look TESL program. The most unique feature of this new programme is its three-part structure. Under this structure, the program is offered at three levels: MA(TESL), M(TESL) and PGD(TESL).

  • MA(TESL) is an academically oriented qualification that retains the research-oriented focus of the original MA(TESL) but with greater emphasis on bridging theory and practice. This 2-year MA includes a thesis.
  • M(TESL) is a more professionally oriented Masters level qualification by coursework for ELT practitioners who require the theoretical and hands on practical exposure to teaching English as a second language without an explicit research focus. This is a 1-year MA by coursework.
  • The PGD(TESL) allows a flexible option for those who seek professional development and certification in ELT – particularly those seeking to take on English Language Teaching as a career.

All three programmes include a practicum, and a portfolio compiled by the students.

TESL programme in more detail                Download Brochure                   Student Handbook

Overview of the program 

Overview of the program
Programme Category :
Postgraduate Programme
Conducted by :
Postgraduate Institute of English
Qualification English language or English literature teaching experience, or additional qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (English Medium) [not required]
A Bachelor’s Honors degree in English and/or ELT [not required]
A Bachelor’s Honors degree in Linguistics (English Medium) [not required]
A Bachelor’s degree with Teaching English as a subject [not required]
A Bachelor’s degree with English as a subject One year’s teaching experience
A Bachelor’s degree in the English medium Two years’ teaching experience, OR Postgraduate certificates in English Language Teaching, Teaching English as a Second Language, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language

All candidates must pass at the Entry Test for the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language conducted by the PGIE.

The entry test for the 2021/22 intake will be conducted on 25th July, 2021.

Applications for the 2022/23 batch will be available from the 2nd week of May, 2022 onwards

Course fees for 2020 entry:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language [PGD(TESL)]: Rs. 100,000/-
  • Master of Teaching English as a Second Language (MTESL):  Rs. 130,000.00/-
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language [MA(TESL)]: 200,000.00/-

For further details about the programme contact Dr. Sreemali Herath, Coordinator, MA TESL


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