Master of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
CRICOS course code027532E
Deakin course code E752

Note: Accreditation by Victorian Institute of Teaching for specialist teaching positions.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This course is designed for experienced TESOL professionals wishing to develop their understandings of current practice and issues in English language teaching in Australia and overseas. It is also suitable for qualified teachers who are newcomers to the field of TESOL, as the first four core units explore the key principles and practices in contemporary English language teaching.

Applicants who wish to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in government schools in Victoria must meet specific content and practical teaching requirements in the Master of Education in the related specialist field, as well as having a recognised teaching qualification which 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 and who are working in the field of adult education or in overseas countries may 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

Course rules

Students commencing prior to Trimester 2 2012:

Refer to 2012 Handbook course entry for course rules.

Students commencing from Trimester 2 2012:

To be awarded a Master of Education (TESOL), students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study under one of the following configurations:

Coursework only for appellation

The course requires the completion of 8 credit points comprising:

  • 4 credit points of core units, and
  • 4 credit points of units for appellation.

Note: The coursework-only degree does not qualify for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy program. Future doctoral applicants with this degree will need to undertake research studies at the required standard equivalent to those in the research pathway.

Coursework with research paper for appellation

  • 4 credit points of core units, and
  • EXR781 Education Research Methodology*; and
  • EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project; and
  • EXR796/797 Research Paper Part A and Part B (2 credit points) ** undertaken in the chosen specialist area.

* Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1 credit point unit in consultation with the MEd course director.

** Research Paper Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course director.

Coursework with minor thesis for appellation

  • 2 credit points of core units, and
  • EXR781 Education Research Methodology*; and
  • EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project; and
  • EXR798/799 Minor Thesis Part A and Part B (4 credit points)** undertaken in the chosen specialist area.

Note: Only available in special cases with approval from the MEd course director after completion of two units at distinction level or higher.

* Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1 credit point unit in consultation with the MEd course director.

** Minor Thesis Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course director. 

Course structure

Students commencing prior to Trimester 2 2012:

Refer to 2012 Handbook course entry for course structure.

Students commencing from Trimester 2 2012:

Core units

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ECL755Professional Practice in TESOL or LOTE

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL753Linguistics for Language Teaching

Trimester 1

ECL751Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom


Trimester 2
ECL752Innovation in Language Curriculum

Units for appellation

Trimester 1

ECL775Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms

ECL777Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education

Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

ECL773Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts

Trimester 2

ECL774Learning An Additional Language

ECL776Language Testing and Assessment

EXE739Internationalising the Curriculum

Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL756Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching

Research units and Minor Thesis units

Refer to web-links to the units in the Course Rules above.

Notes:
(i) ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL incorporates a practicum of 22 days of supervised teaching practice in TESOL, for those applicants who wish to meet Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements. The type of practicum undertaken and the number of days satisfactorily completed will be identified on the student's transcript.

(ii) EXE739 campus mode is offered subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.

(iii) EXE739 is a generic masters of education unit.  Generic units focus on contemporary educational issues which can be applied to any specialist study and are designed to be compatible with on-line technologies and to complement the specialist units. Each generic unit may be tailored toward the specialist interests of the student.

Detailed course rules

Applicants with an existing qualification in TESOL who wish to extend their studies into research, may complete either of the research paper pathways. 


Teaching methods

Students receive instructional materials offered through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers and classmates is also provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links.

Optional weekend study schools may also be available for some units. Campus based TESOL and TLOTE units are delivered through face to face teaching in scheduled classes at Burwood (Melbourne).

Articulation

Masters courses require a research component to lead to a Doctor of Philosophy.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Education (E500)
Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) (E552)

Professional experience requirements - Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Students who intend to undertake practicum in Victorian schools are required to complete a WWCC unless a copy of Victorian teacher registration is provided. Students requiring a WWCC should contact the Professional Experience coordinator email: Ian.Trend@deakin.edu.au

 

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