Why this course?

The UNITAR-UPSI Dual-Degree Programme Bachelor of Education (Hons) (TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language), enables students to obtain two awards – i.e., two separate degree certificates from both the UNITAR International University (UNITAR) and the Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) under one programme.

The dual-degree programme enables students to broaden their teaching and learning experience as well as career prospects. Enjoy learning in an innovative learning environment with a QS 5-Star rating private university and established public university recognised for its Teacher Training College since 1922.

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Learners who are keen to join the dual-degree programme but do not meet the minimum entry requirements will be given the opportunity of being taught and mentored by a team of experienced Educators in one (1) value-added semester (6 weeks) that is worth RM2,000, delivered for free to help the learners achieve a minimum of 2.75 CGPA and a MUET Band 4 and qualify for enrolment into the dual-degree programme.



Your pathway into Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) – 2 semesters from the dual-degree programme will be taught by highly-qualified lecturers from UPSI. Tuition fees covers accommodation at UPSI along with top-notch facilities such as UPSI’s massive sports arena for an active university lifestyle. UPSI ranks no. 101 in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022.

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Teaching Pedagogy

Developing skills in the methods of teaching and managing different learning approaches primarily in the area of English as a Second Language.


Delivery, Communication and Language

Developing effective interpersonal communication and persuasive skills.


Education Planning

Includes outcome-based learning through curriculum design and development.


Critical Thinking

Problem-solving skills for effective research, writing and preparations of presentations.


Management and Leadership

Improving Educators’ effectiveness in guidance roles and issue resolution.

General Requirements

A pass in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with a minimum Grade C in the Malay language and a pass in History
A minimum of Credit 6C / Grade E in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Mathematics / Additional Mathematics
Academic qualifications: Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (Higher School Leaving Certificate – HSC) or Diploma recognised by the Malaysian Government or equivalent with a minimum of 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) (any two subjects) and Grade C in General Studies
A Pass in Matriculation / Foundation programme with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75
A Diploma or other equivalent qualification with a minimum of 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) deemed to be of equivalent standing from the Malaysian Government and approved by the UNITAR / UPSI Senate
For applicants who have not achieved the 2.75 CGPA Academic qualifications of Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (Higher School Leaving Certificate – HSC) or Diploma recognised by the Malaysian Government or equivalent with a minimum of 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) (any two subjects), they are allowed to go through one pre-programme semester (semester zero) in the form of a bridging programme, during which they will undergo courses to enable them to develop, upskill and elevate their knowledge, competency and proficiency towards achieving a standard equivalent to a 2.75 CGPA upon completion. Three courses will be offered in this bridging programme: Reading and Writing skills, English for Communication, Listening and Speaking skills. Candidates are required to achieve a minimum of 2.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) upon the completion of these three courses. Each of the course carries a value of three credit hours.

Special Requirements for Dual-Degree Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Fulfils the university requirements
Minimum of 4B in General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ Levels 1119 English
Grade A- in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English Language
Band 4 in the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) (Note: Applicants with a lower score than MUET Band 4 will be allowed to enrol into an intensive MUET programme conducted by UNITAR. Once they achieve Band 4 in MUET, they can then enrol into the dual-degree Bachelor of Education – TESL programme).
English level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
Minimum of Credit 6C / Grade E in SPM for Mathematics / Additional Mathematics
Minimum achievement level as determined by the Senate (UNITAR/UPSI) for the Malaysian Educators Selection Inventory (MEdSI)
Pass in a special exam and interview
Candidates who intend to apply must be physically fit, not suffering from any mental or physical illness and are able to follow the programme of study

•Public / International / Private School Teacher

•English Language Instructor

•Education Entrepreneur (Book Writers, Operate and Manage Centres)

•English Language Services Provider

Programme Core Modules

• Psychology of Learning
• Introduction to Assessment in Education
• Learning Design
• Teacher-Parent Communication
• Foundations of Education
• Interpersonal and Communication Skills for Social Sciences
• Sociology in Education
• Management and Leadership in Education
• Curriculum Development
• Pedagogy in Education
• Counselling in Education
• Educational Technology
• Differentiated Instruction
• Introduction to Learning Disabilities
• Classroom and Behavioural Management
• Project Paper in Education
• Teaching Practicum

Open Elective Modules

• Elective 1
• Elective 2
• Elective 3
• Elective 4

University Core Modules

• English for Academic Purposes
• Research Methods
• Statistics in Social Sciences

Major (TESL)

• English Grammar
• English Language Analysis
• Introduction to Reflective Practice
• Second Language Acquisition
• English Language Teaching Methodology
• Digital Language Teaching and Learning
• Classroom Discourse
• Language Assessment in Schools
• Analysing Language Classroom Practice
• Reflective Practice in ESL Classroom
• Materials Development for the Language Classroom
• Sociolinguistics for ESL Context

MPU Modules

• Falsafah dan Isu Semasa / Bahasa Komunikasi (Int)
• Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (Int)
• Design Thinking / Bahasa Kebangsaan A
• Entrepreneurship
• Recreational Event Planning

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