Ministry of Education TESSOL Tuition Fees Scholarships for Teachers

Teaching awards and scholarships

Posted: 30 September 2021
Notice reference #: 1HAPui

The Ministry of Education offers tuition fee scholarships to commence study in 2022 towards a Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages (TESSOL) qualification. 

You're eligible to apply if you:

  • Are a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident
  • Work full-time or part-time in a state-funded school, or early childhood education service
  • Are a New Zealand registered teacher in roles including:
    • Subject and class teachers
    • Bilingual teachers
    • Specialist ESOL teachers
    • Members of the senior leadership team
    • SENCO
    • Learning support coordinators
    • RTLB
    • Early childhood educators
  • Currently teach new migrant, former refugee, Pacific background or international students in a state-funded school, or early childhood education service
  • Have at least 2 years' teaching experience
  • Have not received a TESSOL scholarship before. 

What the scholarship pays for

Scholarship recipients are funded for between two and five core papers, depending on the course. This includes course fees for each paper and $200 towards course-related costs per annum (for 2 years).

TESSOL Providers



Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Linguistically Diverse Learners (PGCert/Dip TLDL)


University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (Grad Dip TESOL)

Waikato Institute of Technology

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (GradCert TEAL)


Massey University

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCertED), or the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipED)


Victoria University of Wellington

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL)/ Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning Languages)


University of Canterbury, College of Education

Papers in the above qualifications will contain practical assignments and will assist teachers to effectively cater for the needs of diverse English language learners in classroom programmes.

Scholarship applications can be made via the Ministry of Education’s website 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 16 November 2021.