Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Graduate Certificate

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Get a taste of the Master of TESOL and become qualified to teach English as an additional language (EAL). Designed for qualified teachers wishing to add English as an Additional Language (EAL) as a specialised area, or deepen your current skills, this course will equip you with the principles and approaches to teaching TESOL including curriculum design and evaluation.

There is a high demand for English teachers worldwide and this internationally recognised course will allow you to work in schools, language centres and universities across 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 100 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education

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

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • Course code: GC-TESOL
  • 6 months full-time, 1 year part time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x 12.5 point four specialist core subjects:
    1. Second Language Teaching Methodology
    2. Grammar for Language Teachers
    3. Language Acquisition and Teaching
    4. Supervised Teaching (Second Language).
  • Entry available for Semester 1 and Semester 2

After successfully completing this course you will be eligible for 50 credit points towards the Master of TESOL, as well as other master courses.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in TESOL .


This courses will prepare you to:

  • analyse and communicate an understanding of the nature and form of language as a system
  • critically evaluate and explain the application of current methods for teaching English as an additional language
  • develop and manage language curricular and resources which are culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Identify and explain implications of the second language acquisition process for learning and teaching.

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, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

Mid-year intake, 2018


Round 1: closes 31 May 2018

Round 2: closes 22 June 2018

Round 3: closes 5 July 2018


Final round: closes 8 June 2018

Applications for the 2018 Mid-year intake of the Master of Instructional Leadership have closed.

* 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.