Master of TESOL


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Gain the skills to teach English as an additional language with our internationally recognised Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

There is a high demand for English teachers, as it's one of the world's most widely spoken languages. Exploring teaching English in a global context, you’ll develop specialised skills to suit varied teaching environments, both in Australia and overseas.

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Entry requirements

  • A three year undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline area, and
  • A major in English language or a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or be eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching

All students must meet English language requirements.

Please note that meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-TESOL
  • 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:
    • 6 x 12.5 point core subjects
    • 4 x 12.5 point education elective subjects
    • 6 x 12.5 point 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 English language is a requirement for TESOL teacher accreditation in Victoria.

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

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of TESOL.


These courses will prepare you to:

  • gain recognition with the Victorian Institute of Teaching as an accredited Languages teacher in Victoria
  • understand critical issues in TESOL research, methodology and assessment
  • apply current TESOL methods to enhance classroom practice and learning with creativity and initiative
  • manage TESOL programs and resources which are culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • understand the nature of research in second language education.

Graduates who enter in year 2 with advanced standing and complete the four specialist core subjects are eligible for accreditation with the Victorian Institute of 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 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.