Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Postgraduate coursework

The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages develops specialised skills and knowledge for professional practice in teaching.

Key facts

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

Course information

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 is for teachers of any method who are registered or eligible for primary or secondary registration in Australia and would like to add TESOL as a method or gain further recognition as a TESOL specialist. Qualified teachers who complete this course or its embedded graduate certificate can work in a wide range of professional contexts in Australia or internationally. 

Stream B is for applicants who do not require Australian teacher recognition, such as those who teach or intend to teach English overseas, or work in adult education in Australia, including adult migrant programs or ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students).

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Course structure

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:

  • 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 one of the following configurations:

Option 1:

  • 2 credit points of research units (EDX701 and EDX707) and
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 2:

  • 6 credit points of research units (EDX701, EDX705 (2cps), EDX706 (2cps), EDX712); and
  • 2 credit points of electives


Stream A or B




Total units

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.

  • Pedagogy for EAL Classrooms ETL700
  • Innovation in Language Curriculum ETL704
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms ETL706
  • Stream B

    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.

  • TESOL Method ETL701
  • Linguistics for Second Language Teachers ETL702
  • Language Teaching in Practice ETL708
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • Option 1 or 2

    Option 1 

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice EDX707
  • Plus 6 electives 

    Option 2 

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701
  • Minor Thesis A EDX705 (2 credit points)
  • Minor Thesis B EDX706 (2 credit points)
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research EDX712
  • Plus 2 electives 

    Elective units

  • Intercultural Communication in Language Classrooms ETL703
  • Multilingualism and Multilingual Education in Global Contexts ETL709
  • Learning An Additional Language ETL711
  • Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching ETL712
  • Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts ETL713
  • Language Testing and Assessment ETL714
  • Internationalising the Curriculum ETL715
  • Pedagogic Grammar ETL705
  • CLIL Pedagogy ETL716
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


    2019 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    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

    Alternative exits

    Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (E580)

    Graduate Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (Education) (E552)

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

    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)

    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.

    Cloud studies

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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 fees and available payment options.

    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 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    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

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    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.

    Research Information

    Students are able to undertake one of three options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of one credit point in research design & method. This research study is then further supported by one of the three research options:

    Option 1: application of the research training through a one credit point research based project for professional practice;

    Option 2: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Research Paper (2 credit points);

    Option 3: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Minor Thesis (4 credit points).

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

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    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

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    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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:

    • critically analyse and interpret TESOL environments
    • utilise contextually responsive and innovative approaches in TESOL contexts and practices
    • reflect on performance feedback to identify self-improvement opportunities
    • adhere to professional and ethical standards in TESOL research and practice
    • undertake research in TESOL


    Use advanced communication skills to interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, and professional decisions, and communicate these to TESOL and non-TESOL audiences

    Digital literacy

    Use expert knowledge of and technical proficiency in digital technologies that can be specifically used to creatively support TESOL 

    Critical thinking

    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 

    Problem solving

    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 

    Global citizenship

    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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