Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages



The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages develops specialised skills and knowledge for professional practice in teaching. This course is designed to provide graduates with a comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider one of the Master of Teaching courses or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching

Key information

Award granted

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


2017 course information

Tuition fee rate

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Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor degree in Education or any Bachelor degree with a major sequence in the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification.

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.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Course Structure

To be awarded a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, students are required to successfully complete 12 credit points comprising:

  • 4 credit points from Stream A


  • 4 credit points from Stream B


  • 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:

  • 6 credit points of research units #(EDX701, EDX705 (2cps), EDX706 (2cps) plus one of EDX702 or AIX708); and
  • 2 credit points of electives

# EDX coded units formerly EXR coded units.


Stream A


Stream B




Total units

Stream A (VIT endorsed)

For students with an existing registration for primary or secondary teaching in Australia, who wish to gain professional recognition for TESOL as a specialist teaching method area.

  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Innovation in Language Curriculum ETL704
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms ETL706
  • Stream B

    For international students who wish to return to their home countries upon graduation for practice, and domestic students who wish to seek employment in the adult education sector in Australia or for practice overseas.

  • TESOL Method ETL701
  • Linguistics for Second Language Teachers ETL702
  • Language Teaching in Practice ETL708
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • Option 1 or 2

    Option 1 

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701 (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice EDX707 (Formerly EXR783)
  • Plus 6 electives 

    Option 2 

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701 (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)
  • Minor Thesis A EDX705 (2 credit points)  (Formerly EXR798)
  • Minor Thesis B EDX706 (2 credit points)  (Formerly EXR799)
  • Plus one of 

  • Qualitative Research in Education EDX702 (Formerly EXR791)
  • or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Plus 2 electives 

    Elective units & Course Map

  • Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms ETL703
  • Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in Global Contexts ETL709
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching ETL712
  • Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts ETL713
  • Language Testing and Assessment ETL714
  • Internationalising the Curriculum ETL715
  • Course Map

    How to apply

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    Course pathways

    Alternative exits

    Am I eligible to receive 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

    Scholarship 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

    Additional course information

    For students undertaking Stream A, please ensure you 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.

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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