Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate coursework

Develop the specialised skills and knowledge to teach English as an additional language. You'll graduate as a confident, in-demand language teacher.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0


0.5 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Become qualified to teach English as an additional language with the Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Get an introduction to the specialised skills and pedagogical knowledge required to lead TESOL programs, and graduate as a confident, in-demand TESOL and EAL teacher.

Want to develop sought-after teaching skills that lead to career progression?

The Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an internationally recognised degree designed for current educators looking to build specialised skills, as well as professionals from other backgrounds with a passion for teaching and language. A high demand for English teachers worldwide puts graduates in a strong position to unlock new career pathways in Australia and abroad.

Under the guidance of accomplished academics with global experience in language teaching, you’ll be trained to teach English as an additional language in schools and adult-learning contexts. Key study areas include:

  • principles and approaches to TESOL, including curriculum design and evaluation
  • the structure of the English language and how to analyse features of written and spoken text
  • linguistic and pedagogical aspects of language learning
  • how languages are learned and in what contexts
  • contemporary issues relating to language curriculum development.

The course takes an interactive, problem-based approach to teaching. This allows you to develop practical skills that translate directly to the classroom. It also focuses on research-led learning, ensuring course content is evidence based, and the skills you learn reflect the modern challenges of the field.

Upon completion of the course, you'll have the option of pursuing rewarding roles in TESOL education, or continuing your studies into the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Masters program builds on skills learned at the graduate certificate level, and broadens your industry experience with even more professional development opportunities.

Primary or secondary teachers eligible for teacher registration in Australia can claim RPL (Recognition for Prior Learning) for this course for direct entry into the Master of TESOL E704; they may either complete the Masters (8 units) or exit the Master of TESOL after four units with the Graduate Diploma in TESOL E604. Please see the relevant course sites for course structures.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages

2023 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
089292C Burwood (Melbourne)
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, students must attain 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of core units [ETL702, ETL703, ETL708, ETL715]
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

  • Linguistics for Second Language Teachers
  • Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms
  • Language Teaching in Practice
  • Internationalising the Curriculum
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Please note: Full time study available for Trimester 1 only.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to participate actively in the weekly class and tutorial activities provided in CloudDeakin, and complete the scheduled learning tasks.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or higher; OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent); OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Career outcomes

    There is a high demand for English teachers worldwide. Employment opportunities for teachers of English as an additional language are growing in Australia and overseas. So too are leadership positions in language teaching institutions. With an internationally recognised qualification, you’ll have the freedom to build a career without borders.

    Locally, there are opportunities to work at private language schools or language teaching institutions for migrants.

    Please note: To teach in primary and secondary education in Australia you will need to complete an accredited program, such as the Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Critically analyse and apply advanced and specialist knowledge of the principles of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment practices and their application for the teaching of English across a range of diverse professional learning and educational contexts


    Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of professional educators and learning professionals to be able to transmit complex knowledge in one or more languages to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and in professional and scholarly contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Apply a range of digital technologies and data sources to create, search, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning of languages.

    Critical thinking

    Critically review, analyse and synthesise complex ideas and make informed judgements to improve teaching and learning approaches in languages education and applied linguistics.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialist knowledge of relevant learning theories to identify, analyse and evaluate authentic problems of practice, and generate informed and innovative solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board August 2020