TESOL

Masters Graduate Certificate

A TESOL teacher talking to a student

A Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Graduate Certificate in TESOL will develop and extend your understanding of the theories and practices underpinning this field.

There is a high demand for English teachers, as it's one of the world's most widely spoken languages. These internationally recognised courses will allow you to work in schools, language centres and universities around the world.

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Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent, or
  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or equivalent, or
  • A four-year undergraduate degree with a significant component of English language studies, or equivalent.

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

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

The Master of TESOL and Graduate Certificate in TESOL are offered in two different streams.

Stream A: is for Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registered teachers wishing for further recognition as a TESOL specialist. Qualified teachers who complete this course can work in a wide range of settings, including schools, adult migrant English programs and English language intensive courses for international students.

Stream B: is for students who do not require VIT recognition for TESOL, such as those intending to teach English overseas, or qualified TESOL teachers who want to extend their professional knowledge and skills.

Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream A)

  • Course code: GC-TESOLA
  • 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x compulsory subjects (including supervised teaching placements)
  • View the University Handbook (GC-TESOLA) for detailed course and subject information.

Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Stream B)

  • Course code: GC-TESOLB
  • 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising elective subjects (excludes supervised teaching placements)
  • View the University Handbook (GC-TESOLB) for detailed course and subject information.

Master of TESOL (Stream A)

  • Course code: MC-TESOLA
  • 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.
  • View the University Handbook (MC-TESOLA) for detailed course and subject information.

Master of TESOL (Stream B)

  • Course code: MC-TESOLB
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 25 points of compulsory subjects, including a capstone component
    • 75 points of elective subjects (excludes supervised teaching placements).
  • View the University Handbook (MC-TESOLB) for detailed course and subject information.

Outcomes

In these courses you will:

  • develop specialised skills to suit varied teaching environments, including mainstream schools and language centres for adult and child migrants
  • understand critical issues in TESOL research, methodology and assessment
  • examine grammar and second language acquisition
  • explore English teaching in an international context
  • study language planning in education
  • develop your understanding of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

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

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2016

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2016

International*

Round 1 closes: 31 July 2016

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2016

Mid-year intake

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
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of intent (check course entry requirements)
  • referee reports (Master of Educational Psychology only).

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.