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 overall 6.5, no band less than 6.0


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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 (TESOL) responds to a growing local and international demand for higher levels of knowledge and skill in the provision of TESOL education programs. The course will appeal to prospective students who are seeking to advance their employment in youth and adult learning contexts within Australia and abroad. Graduates will be able to use the research-informed approach of the course to improve their teaching practice in TESOL, and advance their career in TESOL education.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, students must attain 8 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 8 credit points including:

  • 6 credit points of core units [ETL700, ETL705, ETL713, ETL716, EDX701, EDX707]
  • 2 credit point chosen from the course electives [ETL704, ETL711, ETL706]
  • 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


Course electives List A


Total units

Core units

  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Pedagogy for TESOL and EAL Learners
  • Pedagogic Grammar
  • Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts
  • CLIL Pedagogy
  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Course Electives List A

    Select 2 credit points from:

  • Language Curriculum and Assessment
  • Learning An Additional Language
  • Reflective Practice in EAL and Languages Classrooms
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    103877A Burwood (Melbourne)
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 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)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Delays in completing the research project could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

    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. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Successful applicants who undertake the unit ETL706 are required to hold a valid Australian Teacher registration with an Australian State or Territory teacher regulatory authority or a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. For more information see:

    Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course. 

    The Working with Children Check (Check) and a Police Check are different checks. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act) if you are doing child-related work and are not exempt, you must have a Check even if you already have a Police Check. The Police Check is not an assessment by a government agency.


    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

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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

    Work experience

    Opportunities for work-integrated learning are provided through the professional placement unit [ETL706] which is available as a course elective to students who are eligible for teacher registration in Australia.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline; OR
    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience; OR
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related discipline; 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 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.

    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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    How to apply

    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.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Diploma of Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (E604)


    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'

    Professional recognition

    This course will be recognised as professional development towards TESOL as a specialist teaching area.

    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 specialist knowledge of theoretical principles, concepts and methodologies which underpin contemporary approaches to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and apply this knowledge to plan, teach, assess and reflect for effective design and innovative learning programs across a range of language-related, 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

    Use expert knowledge of, and technical proficiency in, digital technologies that can be specifically used to creatively support teaching and learning practices in TESOL.

    Critical thinking

    Identify, synthesise and critically evaluate relevant theories that inform second language acquisition, TESOL principles and practices.

    Problem solving

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


    Apply the knowledge and skills required of professional educators and learning professionals to demonstrate autonomy, leadership and expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in education contexts, research and for further learning.


    Work effectively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of practice.

    Global citizenship

    Apply self-knowledge and research to identify and address issues relating to the ethical and responsive teaching of languages in diverse communities, in a global context and with students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

    Approved by Faculty Board August 2020