English language requirements
IELTS band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6
Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is typically between
- 1 year full time (2 years part time) - 8 credit points, and 1.5 years full time (3 years part time) - 12 credit points
Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period
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
2021 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)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Note: 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 E737 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)
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.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
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
- Bachelor degree with a major sequence in the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification
- Bachelor degree in a related discipline in language studies, including linguistics, English language studies, or translation.
Completion of E580 Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or equivalent is a pathway to E757 Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, for those students who do not have an Education background in their undergraduate studies. The Graduate Certificate is an alternative entry to these awards; students from non-Education undergraduate backgrounds will receive preclusions rather than credit for their Graduate Certificate studies, and must complete 16 credit points in total (4 credit point Graduate Certificate plus 12 credit point Masters). These credit points may be taken from the E771 Master of Education and in consultation with the course director.
Note that this course can be packaged with a 6 month full time Graduate Certificate in the discipline, for a total duration of 2 years.
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 your responsibility to ensure that you have the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must 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 may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.
Recognition of prior learning
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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
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.
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.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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).
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.
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
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