Modern Languages Education

Masters Graduate Certificate

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The Master of Modern Languages Education and Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education provide insight into the nature of language and its role in human learning and expression, while developing your communication skills and intercultural awareness.

These programs develop specialised skills suited to a variety of teaching environments. They are internationally recognised and produce teachers who are equipped to work in schools, language centres and universities around the world.

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Entry requirements

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Applicants are also required to have completed a major study in a language other than English, or have an equivalent level of proficiency.

Stream A applicants must be eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

The Master of Modern Languages Education and Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education are offered in two different streams:

  • Stream A is for qualified teachers who wish to be recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a Languages teacher
  • Stream B is for those who do not require VIT registration.

Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream A)

  • Course code: GC-MLEA
  • 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x compulsory subjects (including supervised teaching placements).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream A).

Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B)

  • Course code: GC-MLEB
  • 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of elective subjects (excludes supervised teaching placements).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages Education (Stream B).

Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream A)

  • Course code: MC-MLEA
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 75 points of compulsory subjects, including a capstone component and supervised teaching placements
    • 25 points of elective subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream A).

Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream B)

  • Course code: MC-MLEB
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 25 points of compulsory subjects, comprising the capstone requirement
    • 75 points of elective subjects (excludes supervised teaching placements).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Modern Languages Education (Stream B).

Outcomes

These programs will deepen your understanding of the theory and practice of language teaching, and provide you with specialist knowledge to supplement or advance your qualifications.

You will explore themes including:

  • methodology and curriculum design
  • intercultural development and language acquisition
  • bilingual education
  • content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
  • historical, social and political influences on the teaching of modern languages.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Round 3 closes: 31 January 2018

International*

Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2017

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 May 2017

Round 2 closes: 30 June 2017

International*

Round 1 closes: 28 February 2017

Round 2 closes: 12 June 2017

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.