Diploma in TESOL

Programme Features

Programme Objectives

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will have a solid linguistic and pedagogical base as well as classroom experience gained through observation and supervised teaching.

Programme Information
  • 2.5 years (6 semesters)
  • 30 courses (including MPW – Malaysian Compulsory Subjects & practicum)
  • Full time course (classroom based + practicum)

Enrolment Criteria

Malaysian Student

  • Possess an SPM Certificate (with a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah) or its equivalent
  • Possess a credit in English and in at least two other subjects at SPM or ‘O’ Level
  • Possess at least a B in English and in two other subjects in UEC


International Student

  • Complete High School with a credit in English and in at least two other subjects

English Requirements

  • Possess a Credit (C) in English in the O-Levels
  • IELTS: At least band 5.0
  • TOEFL: At least a score of 213 (computer-based test), 550 (paper-based test) or 79 – 80 (internet-based test)
  • Complete and pass at least level 106 in the ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP)

Additional Information


+ Study Structure


Semester Course
1 Language Enhancement
Phonology & Phonetics
General Reading Skills
General Writing Skills
PC Competency
Bahasa Kebangsaan
2 Principles of Classroom Management
Second Language Acquisition
Critical & Creative Thinking
Language & Culture
Moral Studies
3 Pedagogical Model 1
Advanced PC Competency
Teaching English for Academic Purposes
Public Speaking
Pengajian Malaysia
4 Pedagogical Model 2
Curriculum Innovation in Language Teaching
Concept in Managing Language Programme
Educational Technology
English Communication
5 Developmental Language Disorders
TESOL In Context
Language Testing & Evaluation
Teaching Ethics & Professionalism
Research Method in Language Study
6 Practicum/Internship

* Subject to change


+ Evaluation


Varies from course to course:

  • 60% examination + 40% coursework
  • 40% examination + 60% coursework OR
  • 50% examination + 50% coursework


+ Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the difference between the Diploma in TESOL and the TESOL Certificate Programme?
    The Diploma in TESOL is a 2 year full time programme whereas the TESOL Certificate Programme is a 122 hour part-time programme.
  2. Will I be able to practise teaching in a real classroom?Yes, the last semester is dedicated to giving you that opportunity to observe and teach.
  3. What is the form of assessment?There is a balance of coursework and examination.
  4. How are classes conducted?
    Mostly face – face classroom interaction. Most course contents are delivered via lecture followed by tutorials.
  5. Are there classes everyday?
    Yes, but mostly between 4 – 5 hours per day with breaks in between for self-study or group discussions.
  6. Will I be able to teach in an English language centre or a private school in Malaysia or abroad when I have completed this programme?
    Yes, provided you meet the hiring criteria of the various institutions and country policy.
  7. Who are the teacher trainers for this programme?
    The Diploma in TESOL academic team comprises highly qualified and experienced TESL/TESOL trainers.
  8. Who issues this certificate?
    Premier College issues the Diploma in TESOL. Premier College is registered under the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
  9. Is the Diploma in TESOL recognised worldwide?
    It is approved and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), which is an entity of the MOHE that governs programme quality in higher education to an internationally recognised standard.
  10. How ready will I be as an English language teacher at the end of the programme?
    Being an effective teacher depends on your commitment and your continuous effort in learning and practising the teaching skills learnt. Like everything in life, the more practice you get, the better you will become. Do not be discouraged but enjoy the opportunity to hone your skills.
  11. Will Premier College help me to get a teaching job?
    Throughout your studies at Premier College, you will be offered opportunities in the industry to practice the skills you have learnt. This will open many doors for you, however, it will not guarantee you a job. Securing a job will depend on your performance in the TESOL studies, the practicum, and the job interview.
  12. How do I pay my fees?
    Fees will be paid by the semester.


+ Community Assistance Programme (CAP)


The Community Assistance Programme (CAP) is offered to Diploma in TESOL students who want to give back to the community while attending the diploma programme.

Premier College rewards such commitment towards the community by offering to subsidize the tuition fee of participating students by 30% (an aggregate value of RM6300 from the total fees)*.

The CAP is aimed at helping the community benefit from the expertise that TESOL students are exposed to at Premier College. Spearheaded by Premier College, CAP students will provide support to primary and secondary school students in a variety of practical activities. The students will also contribute to miscellaneous activities conducted by Premier College at events and in the campus.

Estimated Allocation of CAP Hours:

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 (short)
Total No. of Weeks in Semester 16 16 9
No. of Instruction Weeks in Semester 15 15 8
Community Service Weeks available in Semester 10 10 5
Community Service hours per semester 40 40 20
Total Community Service hours per academic year 100

Participants will volunteer 40 hours of time and service during long semesters (January and May intakes) and 20 hours during short semesters. In total, 100 hours of dedicated service per academic year is required.

*Fees are subject to change without prior notice. For the latest information on this programme or its fees, please visit the online fee calculator or online application.


+ PTPTN Loan


This Programme is eligible for PTPTN loan:

Programme Name PTPTN Code
Diploma in TESOL WN8

Online Application Procedures

Step One: Open a Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional (SSPN) account.
(Note: All PTPTN applicants must open a SSPN account before applying. Minimum deposit to open an account is RM20.00. A SSPN account can be opened at any Maybank, CIMB bank, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Agro Bank, Bank Rakyat and Bank Islam)
Step Two: Open a Personal Savings Account at Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad
Step Three: Purchase the PTPTN PIN number from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) for RM5.00 (valid for 6 months only). Please keep the receipt for website log-in purposes.
Step Four: Log on to http://www.ptptn.gov.my/gateway/
Follow the instructions provided. You are to ensure that all your personal details and required information are keyed-in correctly as any minor error may result in your application being rejected.
Click ‘cetak maklumat’ to print the e-application form once completed and meet with your PTPTN officer to go through the information entered to make sure it is correctly keyed-in. Ensure that you submit your online application before the closing date (See below).
Please take note that PTPTN will process your online application only after the closing date.
Step Five: PTPTN will notify you via email/sms OR you can log onto http://www.ptptn.gov.my/gateway/ to check on your application status.

Closing Dates of PTPTN Loan Applications:

  • 30 January
  • 30 May
  • 30 September
  • 30 October

Should you have any difficulty in logging-in to the PTPTN website, please contact

PTPTN One-Stop-Centre
Unit 1 & 2A, 2B
Level 2, Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number: +603 2080 4455

Opening Hours: 8.30am – 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday)
8.30am – 12.15pm; 2.45pm – 5.00pm (Friday)

When Your Online PTPTN Loan Application is Approved

You are required to submit the supporting documents stated below to the PTPTN officer.
Important: All documents have to be on A4-size paper and printed on a single side only.

1. Programme Letter of Offer
2. PTPTN Loan Agreement and Letter of Offer
3. Maklumat Permohonan Pembiayan (printed from the Online Application)
4. A copy of your NRIC (back & front)
5. SPM Certificate
6. Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad Savings Account Details
7. Parent’s LATEST salary slip/BE Form/Income Tax Form/Payment Voucher OR
Parents, who are not working, need to provide their Kad Pesara or fill up the Income Verification Form (Borang Pengesahan Pendapatan)

Only the Income Verification Form (Borang Pengesahan Pendapatan) has to be certified true and witnessed by one of the authorities below:

  • Principal or School Headmaster/Headmistress/Senior Assistant of Student Affairs (Government Schools only)
  • Professional and Management Group of Government Officers (formerly from Category A)
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Justice of Peace/Government State Secretariat Committees (State Executives)
  • Village Penghulu/Village Headman (Penggawa)/Longhouse Head (Tuai Rumah)/Tribal Leader (Ketua Kaum)/Commissioned District
  • Member of The State Assembly (Wakil Raykat) – The official stamp must be used
  • Advocates and solicitors – The official stamp must have the legal firm’s complete name and address


  • Signature and validation stamp from Commissioners of Oath (Pesuruhjaya Sumpah) are no longer acceptable.
  • Students who are applying or have applied for the PTPTN loan are required to pay their FULL programme fees due.
  • Confirmation of PTPTN loan approval is based solely on the official DISBURSEMENT LIST sent by PTPTN to Premier College.
  • Students must obtain a minimum GPA 2.0 to be eligible for the 2nd payment and onwards.