Master of TESOL

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Broaden your career horizons as you study in the workplace. Get an overview of the current issues in TESOL, complete practice placements and graduate with a professional qualification.

Masters graduates who do not have teaching qualifications will still gain a recognised TESOL qualification. However, in Australia they are limited to TESOL teaching programs where a teaching qualification is not a requirement.

The Masters is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses. The first stage is the Graduate Certificate in TESOL, and the second stage is the Graduate Diploma in TESOL. You can enter and leave at any stage; completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next.

Course essentials

Open for Mid-year entry
Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type.)

Already a VU student?

You can transfer into this course through our internal transfer process.

Careers

There are many career opportunities available for graduates, including

  • work with migrants or indigenous students at the primary, secondary or adult level
  • teachers looking for a change in career direction
  • teaching English abroad

Iris Ralph

Iris Ralph completed a Graduate Diploma in TESOL and Literary, which opened many doors for her in the Adult, Community & Further Education sector.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Analyse English language learners’ needs;
  2. Design, implement, assess and evaluate English as a second or additional language curricula and pedagogical programs that are locally, nationally and internationally applicable;
  3. Implement English as a second or additional language learning programs that are underpinned by researched principles of language teaching and a thorough knowledge of the systems of the English language;
  4. Undertake applied research relevant to their professional responsibilities and interests in the area of TESOL;
  5. Apply the theoretical and practical learning opportunities provided in each unit of study to become accomplished TESOL practitioners;
  6. Utilise their enhanced teaching skills and understanding of educational processes to work effectively in second language contexts;
  7. Confidently seek employment opportunities for English as a second or additional language teachers in a wide range of local, national and international contexts;
  8. Extend their existing professional careers in education by achieving a recognised specialist area qualification;
  9. Demonstrate understanding of English as a second or additional language teaching profession in local, national and international contexts.

Units and electives

All students complete 144 credit points:

  • Onshore students 96 credit points of coursework units and have two options to complete the Masters - Option 1: Minor Thesis or Option 2: Coursework;

  • Offshore students (after receiving 72 credit points advanced standing for completing the Graduate Diploma in TESOL from Hanoi University, Ho Chi Minh City Open University or other universities or institutions at the Program Coordinator's discretion) complete 72 credit points of Option 3 or 4.

Year 1 Semester 1

Year 1 Semester 2

or

One unit from the Recommended Unit List below (24 credit points)

* This unit may not be available to some students - see the course coordinator for an alternative unit

Year 2

OPTION 1 - MINOR THESIS - Local students only (onshore)

Full-time - enrol in AED6001 for 1 semester

or

Part-time - enrol in AED6002 for 2 semesters

OPTION 2 - COURSEWORK - Local students only (onshore)

plus

One unit from the Recommended Unit List below (24 credit points)

OPTION 3 - OFFSHORE STUDENTS (Vietnam campus)

OPTION 4 - OFFSHORE STUDENTS (Vietnam campus)

Only available to students who meet the following criteria:

- Achieved an HD (high distinction) for AED5001 and

- Have been invited to enrol in AED6001.

plus

Full-time - enrol in AED6001 for 1 semester

or

Part-time - enrol in AED6002 for 2 semesters

Recommended unit list

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional 'elective' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission information

  • International: The admission requirements for the Master of TESOL are a recognised degree of at least three years full-time duration preferably in Linguistics/ TESOLEducation (or related disciplines). Current working experience in an education or teaching environment is essential. All applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 6.5 overall - Academic Module (preferably with band 7 in both speaking and listening and no band less than 6.0) or approved equivalent.
  • Mature: The admission requirements for the Master of TESOL are successful completion of the units of the Graduate Diploma in TESOL with a minimum average of Second Class Honours or Distinction (70%/H2A/D) or equivalent. Current working experience in an education or teaching environment for all applicants is essential.
  • Other: All applicants are required (1) to attend an interview with the Course Coordinator, (2) to submit a current version of their CV with a list of at least 3 referees and (3) to present a 200 word statement outlining why they are interested in undertaking this course, (4) to have a minimum IELTS of 6.5 overall - Academic Module (preferably with band 7 in both speaking and listening and no band less than 6.0) or approved equivalent (contact Course Coordinator for additional information).

Special admission requirements

None.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

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Transferring between VU courses

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