Master of Languages Teaching

Postgraduate coursework

Deakin's postgrad course, the Master of Languages Teaching offers qualified teachers a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of languages teaching.

Domestic student information

Key facts


This course is 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Masters of Languages Teaching develops specialised skills and knowledge for professional practice in teaching. This course is designed to provide qualified teachers with a comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice of languages teaching. 

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Course structure

Students must complete 12 credit points of units as follows:

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) and
  • 4 credit points of compulsory core units (ETL706, ETL709, ETL710 and ETL716); and
  • 8 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units in one of the following configurations:

Option 1:

  • 2 credit points of research units - EDX701 and EDX707; and
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 2 (PHD Pathway) 

  • 6 credit points of research units - EDX701, EDX705 (2cps), EDX706 (2cps), EDX712; and
  • 2 credit points of electives



Core units


Research/Elective units



Key information

Award granted

Master of Languages Teaching

2018 course information
Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

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:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

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

Students must ensure they have a current up to date Working with Children Check prior to going on placement. 

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate 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 AND
• sufficient prior study in the language for meeting specialist area guidelines of the VIT. (VIT guidelines: three quarters of a year of successful full-time higher education study in the language (major sequence in the language), or a statement of equivalence from an approved university.)

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$22,000 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$6,444 for 1 yr full-time* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Learn more about fees.

The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

  • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
  • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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.

* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

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.

HELP schemes

You may be eligible for the Government's HELP schemes. These schemes cover your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.

It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for some of these HELP schemes.

Learn more about your HELP scheme options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

Search or browse through our scholarships

Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

This course is designed to broaden the skills of those working as registered teachers in primary and secondary schools, by adding a VIT-endorsed specialist teaching method area in Languages teaching to their existing teacher registration. A Masters level qualification in Education additionally offers relevant professional learning to teachers who seek to move into, or already occupy, leadership, coordination or specialist positions in school systems.

For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT

Professional recognition

Endorsed by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for specialist teaching in combination with an approved preservice education qualification.

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

Use expert specialist knowledge of the theoretical principles, concepts and methodologies which underpin contemporary approaches to languages teaching (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)  and apply this knowledge to:

  • critically analyse and interpret languages teaching environments
  • utilise contextually responsive and innovative approaches in languages teaching contexts and practices
  • reflect on performance feedback to identify self-improvement opportunities
  • adhere to professional and ethical standards in languages teaching research and practice
  • undertake research in languages teaching


Use advanced communication skills to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, and professional decisions, and communicate these to both languages teaching and non- languages teaching audiences

Digital literacy

Use expert knowledge of and technical proficiency in digital technologies that can be specifically used to creatively support languages teaching

Critical thinking

Have expert knowledge and skills in the critical analysis of, and the capacity to reflect on current theories in second language acquisition, languages teaching principles and practice

Problem solving

Use expert knowledge of languages teaching methodologies and understanding of the diverse needs of students to make high level, independent judgements in a range of languages teaching related problems and questions


Understand the importance of self-directed learning for professional growth and demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for individual intellectual development and furthering learning


Collaborate effectively with others to achieve high standards and best practice in languages teaching

Global citizenship

Understand and appreciate the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in languages teaching and use knowledge of the sociocultural contexts of languages teaching to enhance teaching and learning 

Approved by Faculty Board June 2015


Application information

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. 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
Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Research Information

Students are able to undertake one of two options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of one credit point in research design & method. This research study is then further supported by one of the three research options:

Option 1: application of the research training through a one credit point research based project for professional practice;

Option 2: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Minor Thesis (4 credit points).

Entry pathways

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.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100 

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359

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