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.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
See Entry Requirements for further information


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

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

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

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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.

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. Alternately, a Bachelor degree in any discipline plus a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Education.

Completion of E580 Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or equivalent is a pathway to E757 Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, for those 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 for their Graduate Certificate studies, and must complete 16 credit points in total (4 credit point Graduate Certificate plus 12 credit point Masters). These credit points may be taken from the E771 Master of Education and in consultation with the course director.

Note that this course can be packaged with a 6 month full time Graduate Certificate in the discipline, for a total duration of of 2 years.

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Cloud studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Research Information

Students are able to undertake one of three 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 Research Paper (2 credit points);

Option 3: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Minor Thesis (4 credit points).

Career outcomes

Graduates will be eligible to Teach English to Speakers of other Languages in Australia and overseas in a variety of settings depending on qualifications required by the employer.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course learning outcomes

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 TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)  and apply this knowledge to:

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


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

Digital literacy

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

Critical thinking

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

Problem solving

Use expert knowledge of TESOL methodologies and understanding of the diverse needs of students to make high level, independent judgements in a range of TESOL 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 TESOL 

Global citizenship

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

Approved by Faculty Board 2015


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 or 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

  • 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
  • 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 Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

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    Additional course information

    Alternative exits

    Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (E580)

    Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (Education) (E552)

    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.

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