Master of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)


Trimesters 1 and 2 are available for both campus and Cloud (online) intakes.

Trimester 3 is available for Burwood (Melbourne) campus mode intake only.

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$24,120 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code089293B
English language requirements

IELTS band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6

Deakin course code E757
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 thoery and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Cloud (online) 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.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International
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 fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying. To find the credit point and EFTSL value of each unit, go to the Handbook Unit Search.

This 'Fee paying annual fee' is provided as a guide only. The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken.

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 information is provided as 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 fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email for more information about 2016 fees.

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 qualifications required by the employer.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course rules

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.

Course structure

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.

ETL700Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms

ETL704Innovation in Language Curriculum

ETL705Pedagogic Grammar

ETL706Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms


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.

ETL701TESOL Method

ETL702Linguistics for Second Language Teachers

ETL708Language Teaching in Practice

ETL711Learning An Additional Language

Option 1 or 2

Option 1 

EDX701Research Design Development and Method (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)

EDX707Independent Research Project for Professional Practice (Formerly EXR783)

Plus 6 electives 

Option 2 

EDX701Research Design Development and Method (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)

EDX705Minor Thesis A (2 credit points)  (Formerly EXR798)

EDX706Minor Thesis B (2 credit points)  (Formerly EXR799)

Plus one of 

EDX702Qualitative Research in Education (Formerly EXR791)


AIX708Quantitative Research

Plus 2 electives 

Elective units & Course Map

ETL703Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms

ETL709Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in Global Contexts

ETL711Learning An Additional Language

ETL712Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching

ETL713Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts

ETL714Language Testing and Assessment

ETL715Internationalising the Curriculum


Course Map

Entry requirements - specific

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.

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 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

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (E580)
Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (Education) (E552)

Professional Experience Placement

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.