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

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes

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

Length 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
Indicative annual fee 2016No fees defined
CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016No fees defined
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0

Deakin course code E552
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed to allow teachers to undertake focused short-term study programs and to gain credit for them. The courses aim to provide teachers with high quality programs linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems.

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers working in all sectors of the TESOL field in Australia and overseas. It is designed to provide a sound understanding of key principles and current innovative practice in English language teaching around the world and is also suitable for qualified teachers who are newcomers to TESOL. Applicants who wish to teach ESL in government schools in Victoria must meet specific content and practical teaching requirements in the Graduate Certificate of Education (GCertEd) in the related specialist field, as well as having a recognised teaching qualification that permits them to be employed as a teacher in Victoria. A number of adult ESL settings and programs may also require this level of qualification for employment purposes.

Applicants without a recognised teaching qualification who are working in the field of adult education or in overseas countries must undertake the Master of TESOL E780 course.

Professional recognition

Endorsed by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for specialist teaching.

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at: Further information

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

The annual fee displayed for this course is based on 0.5 EFTSL.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

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

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course rules

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Eduation TESOL, students are required to successfully complete 4 credit points of core units.  

Course structure

Core units

Students must complete the following 4 core units: 

ETL700Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms

ETL704Innovation in Language Curriculum

ETL705Pedagogic Grammar

ETL706Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms

Note: ETL706 Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms incorporates 22 days of supervised teaching practice in TESOL for those applicants who wish to meet Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements. The type of professional experience undertaken and the number of days satisfactorily completed will be identified on the student's transcript.

Teaching methods

Students receive instructional materials through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links.
Optional weekend study schools may also be available for some units.
Campus based TESOL units are delivered through face to face teaching in scheduled classes at Burwood (Melbourne).

Articulation to masters course

The Graduate Certificate allows fast tracking into a related masters degree. Up to 4 credit points may be granted for a completed graduate certificate taken as a fifth year of tertiary study, toward a masters degree.
Direct entry to masters may be offered for a graduate certificate taken as a fourth year of tertiary study if completed at credit level or higher.
Graduate Certificates may be undertaken as an entry point for some courses and appellations or as an exit point after satisfactory completion of at least 4 credit points of study.

Specialist and generic units

Courses are constructed from a mix of generic and specialist units.  Generic units address issues related to the whole field of education, while specialist units address issues focused on a specific area.
Students who wish to have an award with appellation undertake a specified number of specialist units.  

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate TESOL applicants require:

  • a bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area; OR
  • 5 years relevant professional experience undertaken within the last 10 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 must also meet the minimum 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. 

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Professional Experience Placement

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at

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