The Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages develops specialised skills and knowledge for professional practice in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL). This course is designed to provide international candidates and those who are eligible to work in adult education in Australia with a grounding in the theory and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. It is also useful for experienced teachers in adult education who wish to develop their professional skills and knowledge in the discipline.
It is not an initial TESOL teaching qualification in Australia.Read More
Students must complete 4 credit points of core units as detailed below and
Students commencing between Trimester 2 2012 and Trimester 1 2015:
Refer to 2014 Handbook course entry for course structure.
Students commencing from Trimester 1 2015:
Students to select any 4 units:
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Note: This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider one of our five Master of Teaching courses or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching.
Additional course information
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree in the field of Education that is a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purposes of registration as a primary or secondary teacher in Australia OR
- a Master degree in the field of Education that is a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purposes of registration as a primary or secondary teacher in Australia.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold.
- If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
- If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.
In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
This course is designed to provide professional development for teaching English to speakers of other languages in adult education contexts and for teaching English overseas.
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Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Acquire specialist knowledge and understanding of contemporary socio-cultural, linguistic and pedagogical knowledge required in a range of language-related, professional learning and educational contexts.
Acquire a specialist understanding of contemporary English as a global language, the socio-cultural contexts of teaching, learning and using of English, the institutional context of the teaching and learning of English, including curriculum design, pedagogy, evidence-based assessment and program evaluation.Apply socio-cultural, linguistic and pedagogical knowledge in a range of international professional learning and educational contexts in particular the teaching of English in diverse linguistic cultural, religious and socio-economic context.
|Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of professional educators and learning professionals to be able to transmit complex knowledge in one or more languages to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and in professional and scholarly contexts.|
Develop knowledge of and proficiency in a range of digital technologies to teach languages and analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within education contexts and in online contexts in particular.
Understand digital literacies and use digital technologies to mediate the teaching and learning of languages
Engage critically with ideas, practices, skills and knowledges in language education by using socio-cultural theory of language pedagogy and applied linguistics.
Develop high level skills in the critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas in professional practice in education.
|Demonstrate specialist knowledge of relevant learning theories to identify, analyse and evaluate authentic problems of practice, and generate informed and innovative solutions.|
|Apply the knowledge and skills required of professional educators and learning professionals to demonstrate autonomy, leadership and expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in education contexts and for further learning.|
|Work effectively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of practice.|
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.Apply through Deakin
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This course is a pathway to E757 Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, E771 Master of Education, and E732 Master of Education (Leadership and Management) courses, for students who do not have an Education background in their undergraduate studies. The Graduate Certificate is an alternative entry to these awards; students from non-Education undergraduate backgrounds will receive preclusions rather than credit their Graduate Certificate studies, and must complete 16 credit points in total (4 credit point Graduate Certificate plus 12 credit point Masters).
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.