Master of Modern Languages Education


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Gain the skills to become a language teacher in schools, language centres and universities around the world with our Master of Modern Languages Education.

Designed for people who want to teach languages other than English, this course focuses on curriculum, pedagogy and language as they apply to classroom instruction.

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Entry requirements

  • A three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline area; and
  • A major in a language other than English, or provide a statement of equivalence.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider prior academic performance.

Students who are eligible for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration but seek additional recognition as an accredited Language teacher, must complete the Language Teaching specialisation. This includes four specialist core subjects, two research capstones and two electives. Specialisation students must also complete 22 days of placement at a school or similar setting during school hours.

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-MLED
  • 2 years full time or 4 years part time
  • 200 points of coursework (with the possibility of up to 100 points of advanced standing), comprising:
    • 75 points of core subjects, including a capstone component and research methods
    • 50 points of education elective subjects
    • 75 points of additional languages elective subjects

100 credit points of advanced standing will be given to applicants who have either:

  • 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

Successful completion of a major in a language other than English (or a statement of equivalence) is a requirement for Languages teacher accreditation in Victoria.

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


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. They will prepare you to:

  • gain recognition with the Victorian Institute of Teaching as an accredited Languages teacher in Victoria
  • apply strategies for recognising the needs of students who require modern language education
  • manage culturally and linguistically appropriate language programs and resources
  • manage and teach one or more languages other than English
  • use research to improve student learning and address language education-related issues.

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 18 October 2018

* 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.