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

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$6,050* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$16,110* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

Tel 03 5227 1359 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Tel 03 9246 8100 Burwood (Melbourne)

Email artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Ruth Arber, +61 3 924 43933, ruth.arber@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

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

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

 

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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.

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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. 

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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

ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL or LOTE  

 

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  

 

Trimester 1

ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  


Trimester 2
ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  

 

Units for appellation

Trimester 1

ECL775 Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms  

ECL777 Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education  

 

Trimester 1 or Trimester 3

ECL773 Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts  


Trimester 2

ECL774 Learning An Additional Language  

ECL776 Language Testing and Assessment  

EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  

 

Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL756 Discourse 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. 

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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.

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Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

The normal minimum educational requirement is four years of tertiary study inclusive of approved teacher training, for example, a four-year Bachelor of Education or a degree plus Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent, and registration with the Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT).  Candidates with a three year initial teaching qualification who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education.

Teachers requiring Victorian Institute of Teaching registration for employment purposes must hold an approved teaching qualification prior to commencing this course. Unqualified teachers and other professionals without VIT registration are advised to enrol in Master of TESOL E780 course.

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Credit for prior learning - general

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.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered as follows:

  • Applicants who have completed graduate certificate/graduate diploma/masters units at a fifth-year level (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 4 credit points for credit transfer;
  • Applicants who have completed modules with assessment through the Victorian Professional Development Network (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points for credit transfer;

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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Alternate exits

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

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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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