Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
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 2014

$16,110 - Full-fee paying place

Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

Tel 03 9246 8100  or  03 5227 1359


Course Director

Dr Rod Neilsen, +61 3 924 45437,

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 code084001D
Deakin course code E757

New course commencing 2015.


Trimester 3 2014 commencing students to refer to 2014 course version.

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.

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

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 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 - 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.

Entry requirements - specific

The course is open to qualified professionals including teachers, in the field of education and training.

Entrants to this 12 credit point course must have successfully completed a recognised 3 or 4 year tertiary degree or its equivalent in the field of education.

Enrolled students who choose not to complete the MTESOL and apply to graduate with the GCTESOL award as an exit (only) option, must have successfully completed 4 core MTESOL units.

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.

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.

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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