The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is typically 1.5-years full time (3-years part time) – 12 credit points.
Candidates in Stream B who do not have an undergraduate degree in Education or a Language-related discipline may be required to take a further 4 education units, in consultation with the course director.
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2019 close 3 November 2019
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
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 theory and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Two streams are available in the Master of TESOL, and the four core units in each stream also form an embedded graduate certificate, differentiated as follows:
Stream A For students with an existing teaching qualification for primary or secondary teaching in Australia (or an overseas teaching qualification recognised in Australia for purposes of registration), who wish to work as a TESOL specialist in any sector, including adult, in Australia or overseas. *Stream A applies only to candidates eligible for teacher registration in Australia)
Stream B For students who are not eligible for teacher registration in Australia (primary or secondary); Stream B students may already be working in the adult TESOL sector in Australia, or may be working or wish to seek employment overseas. ???Read More
The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is typically 12 credit points.
The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money
To be awarded a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, students are required to successfully complete the following:
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
- 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 1 of the following configurations:
- 2 credit points of research units (EDX701 and EDX707) and
- 6 credit points of electives
- 4 credit points of research units (EDX701, EDX712, EDX703, EDX704) and
- 4 credit points of electives
- 6 credit points of research units (EDX701, EDX712, EDX705 (2cps), EDX706 (2cps)) and
- 2 credit points of electives
Stream A or B
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.
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.
Option 1, 2 or 3
Plus 6 electives
Plus 4 electives
Plus 2 electives
Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
2020 course information
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider one of the five Master of Teaching courses or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching
Additional course information
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.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
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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
Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.
Admission is based on:
- Bachelor degree in Education or
- Bachelor degree with a major sequence in the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification or
- Bachelor degree in a related discipline in language studies, including linguistics, English language studies, or translation.
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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.
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The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
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Students are able to undertake one of 3 options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of 1 credit point in research design & method (EDX701). This research study is then further supported by additional units via 1 of the 3 research options:
Option 1: application of the research training through a 1 credit point research based project for professional practice;
Option 2: advanced research training of 1 credit point in theory and methodology in education research and research paper units (2 credit points);
Option 3: advanced research training of 1 credit in theory and methodology in education research and minor thesis units (4 credit points).
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Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge for professional practice in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students with an existing registration for primary or secondary teaching in Australia can gain professional recognition for TESOL as a specialist teaching method area. The course also provides professional development for teaching English to speakers of other languages in adult education contexts and for teaching English overseas.
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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
Use expert specialist knowledge of the theoretical principles, concepts and methodologies which underpin contemporary approaches to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and apply this knowledge to:
|Use advanced communication skills to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, and professional decisions, and communicate these to TESOL and non-TESOL audiences|
|Use expert knowledge of and technical proficiency in digital technologies that can be specifically used to creatively support TESOL|
|Have expert knowledge and skills in the critical analysis of, and the capacity to reflect on current theories in second language acquisition, TESOL principles and practice|
|Use expert knowledge of TESOL methodologies and understanding of the diverse needs of students to make high level, independent judgements in a range of TESOL related problems and questions|
|Understand the importance of self-directed learning for professional growth and demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for individual intellectual development and furthering learning|
|Collaborate effectively with others to achieve high standards and best practice in TESOL|
|Understand and appreciate the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in TESOL and use knowledge of the sociocultural contexts of TESOL for to enhance teaching and learning|
Approved by Faculty Board 2015
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