Practioner Development and Scholarship - Teaching English for Academic Purposes short course

Course overview

Course overview

This course will allow you to develop and demonstrate an understanding of the roles of professional development and scholarship in teaching and demonstrate an ability to practically apply these in professional methods.

You’ll gain an in-depth critical understanding of the many factors that influence professional development of the self and the field, and an awareness of the approaches to professional development that enhance practitioner agency through a focus on expertise, knowledge, and practices.

The course also focuses on scholarship, examining the concept of scholarship and related concepts, such as practitioner research. You’ll explore the purposes of scholarship, ways of conducting scholarship and of contributing to the field, analysing the relationship between scholarship and student education, how scholarship informs and is informed by teaching materials, pedagogy, syllabus, and assessment.

This short course is a module taken from the MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes
You’ll study this credit-bearing module as an individual course to widen your knowledge in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and develop your skills within the field. You’ll study online and part-time, on a course that’s designed to fit around your commitments. You’ll study with experts in the field at the University of Leeds Language Centre, who are directly involved in the practice and development of teaching English for Academic Purposes.

We have a range of Masters-level short courses available to help you develop as a practitioner of EAP, explore new approaches and prepare to take the next step in your career. You’ll gain postgraduate credits when you complete each course, and you can use these credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), or a Masters (MA). To find out more about building credits towards a qualification, contact our admissions team at

How to apply

Apply via the application portal.

Please indicate in your application which of our Teaching English for Academic Purposes Short Courses you're applying for.

The deadline to apply for this course is Monday 16 December 2024.

Next steps

Once you have made your application, we’ll be in touch with further information. Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview, which may take place via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom.

If you have any questions, contact our admissions team at

Entry requirements

A bachelor undergraduate degree or equivalent, plus either:

  • a postgraduate teaching qualification, such as a postgraduate certificate in Education, Higher Education or Academic Practice; a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching) or a DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching)

  • or at least two years of teaching experience in higher education or teaching English for specific purposes.


Our admissions team are experienced in considering a wide range of international qualifications. If you wish to discuss whether your qualifications will meet the necessary entry criteria, contact our admissions team at

You can also check the accepted qualifications for your country or region. 

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Course structure

This course is taught online and part-time, and is worth 15 credits at postgraduate level.

We're experienced in providing high-quality online learning, and offer extensive resources, specialised support, and courses that you can fit around work and other commitments.

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