Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Course summary for international students

Award granted

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1*), July (Trimester 2*) and 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.

Indicative annual fee 2015$21,250* AUD
CRICOS course code084001D
IELTS Requirement

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

New course commencing 2015.


NotesTrimester 3 2014 commencing students to refer to 2014 course versions:

- Domestic students

- International students

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) is designed to meet the professional needs of students from a wide diversity of backgrounds in education who wish to teach English as an additional language. This course is offered to Australian students working and/or intending to work overseas as TESOL teachers, students who are unable to leave their place of work or country and wish to study in Cloud (online) mode, as well as international students who want to study TESOL in Australia. This course will enable students to; develop skills in analysing their learners' language, understand the implications of English as an international language and increase their understanding of the language teaching profession in local and global contexts. Students will also develop the ability to critically interpret communication in intercultural contexts.

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.

Professional recognition

MTESOL is not an initial teaching qualification in Australia. If an applicant does not already hold a teaching qualification recognized in Victoria they cannot meet VIT requirements through undertaking this course.

Students who are eligible for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration are advised to enrol in the accredited teaching course E752 Master of Education (TESOL) to teach ESL in Australian schools.

Fees and charges

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.

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.

* 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 2015, 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 2015 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 qualifications required by the employer.

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 of core units; and
  • 8 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units in one of the following three configurations:

Option 1:

  • 2 credit points of research units (EXR782 and EXR783) and
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 2:

  • 4 credit points of research units including a 2cp research paper (EXR781, EXR791, EXR796, EXR797); and
  • 4 credit points of electives

Option 3:

  • 6 credit points of research units including a 4cp thesis (EXR781, EXR791, EXR798, EXR799); and
  • 2 credit points of electives

Note: Option 3 provides a research pathway for students to apply for entry to PhD.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

ECL751Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom

Trimester 2

ECL752Innovation in Language Curriculum

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL753Linguistics for Language Teaching

Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ECL756Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching

Elective units

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 3

ECL754Language Teaching Practice in Context

Research units

EXR782Research Design, Development and Method in Education

EXR783Independent Research Project for Professional Practice

EXR781Education Research Methodology

EXR791Designing and Developing a Research Project

EXR796Research Paper Part A

EXR797Research Paper Part B

EXR798Minor Thesis Part A

EXR799Minor Thesis Part B

Teaching methods

The course is offered by campus and Cloud (online) delivery in both full and part time mode. Students may choose to do units in either campus or Cloud (online), full or part time modes. The campus mode units will be taught at Burwood (Melbourne). Students receive instructional materials offered through CloudDeakin and website links.

Interaction with lecturers and classmates is also provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links. Campus based units are normally delivered late afternoon through face-to-face teaching in scheduled classes at Burwood (Melbourne).

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in the same discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide. 

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. (more details)

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)

Further study

Students who successfully complete the research pathway will be eligible to apply for entry to the PhD.


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