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Master of Education (Teaching Languages other than English)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Education (Teaching Languages other than English)
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$16,110* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Tel 03 9244 3723 Burwood (Melbourne)

Email artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Course Director

Michiko Weinmann, +61 3 924 46979, Michiko.Weinmann@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 code027531F
Deakin course code E754
Formerly course code E731

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Education builds upon graduate certificates offered within the Faculty and, if undertaken with a research paper, may articulate to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

As a graduate of this course you will possess an understanding of contemporary education issues and discourses; have high-level critical and evaluative skills; translate into practice your experiences and understandings of the program; and select appropriate research methods and techniques for educational research projects.

From 2010, the MEd (TLOTE) is available by taking either a coursework, or the coursework with research paper for appellation pathway. It is designed for qualified and experienced teaching professionals who wish to reflect on, evaluate and critique their practice and who wish to develop their understandings of contemporary second language teaching in order to take on leadership roles in their workplace.


Alternatively, a  4 credit point Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching Languages Other Than English) (E554) course is available for those who wish to exit early from this course.


Note: Approval for Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) endorsement is pending.

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.

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.

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Course rules

To be awarded a Master of Education (TLOTE), students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study in one of two pathways:

  • Research pathway option. Students complete four specialist units and four credit points of research units, or
  • LOTE teaching option. Prior to 2011, students are required to successfully complete 3 core units (not ECL777) and 5 units selected from a list of specialised units for the appellation.  From 2011, students are required to successfully complete 4 core units and 4 units selected from a list of specialised units for appellation.

Alternatively, you may exit early with a E554 Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching Languages Other Than English) after the successful completion of 4 credit points of study taken from a combination of generic and specialist units chosen in consultation with the course director.

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Course structure

Core units
Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL or LOTE  


Trimester 1

ECL777 Bilingualism and the Principles and Practices of Language Education  


Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  


And one of the following two units:

Trimester 1

ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  


Trimester 2

ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  


Note:ECL755 incorporates a practicum of 22 days of supervised teaching practice in LOTE, 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.


Units for appellation

ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  

ECL773 Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts  

ECL775 Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms  

ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  

ECL756 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching  

ECL774 Learning An Additional Language  

EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  


Research pathway

A research pathway by coursework/research paper of coursework/minor thesis is available in the Masters level course.


EXR781 Education Research Methodology  

EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project  

EXR796 Research Paper Part A  

EXR797 Research Paper Part B  

EXR798 Minor Thesis Part A  

EXR799 Minor Thesis Part B  


(i) EXR781 - 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.
(ii) EXR796/797 Research Paper Part A and Part B and Minor Thesis Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course director.
(iii) EXR796/797 is a 2 credit point unit undertaken in the LOTE area.

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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 TLOTE units are delivered through face to face teaching in scheduled classes at Burwood (Melbourne).


Master of Education (TLOTE) students who successfully complete two credits of research method studies and a two credit point research paper, at an appropriate standard, may apply for entry into PhD studies.

Those who complete a Master of Education (TLOTE) by coursework alone, will be required to complete some level of research training at an appropriate standard before being accepted for doctoral studies.

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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 or in addition to an approved teaching qualification or
  • four years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to at least three years teaching experience.

Candidates with:

  • three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to an approved teaching qualification or
  • three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to at least three years teaching experience

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.


Applicants must have a major sequence in the target language. Applicants with language proficiency in the target language may also apply and will be tested and considered on an individual basis.

Special entry
Special entry is also available and assessed at the time of application.

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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 Languages other than English) (E554)

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