Master of TESOL Education

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

The Master of TESOL Education is a flexible course with a commitment to social justice, sustainability and ethical action. It encourages students to make links between their practice and the latest theory and research in education, locally and internationally.

The course is open to current and future educators, including current teachers and principals, those outside formal education settings, such as community educators and youth workers. It is also open to those who may not have a formal role as an educator, such as business professionals seeking to expand their understanding of how colleagues learn.

The Master of TESOL Education is endorsed by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


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.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

By the completion of this course graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically review and theorise their understanding of fundamental principles of recent and applied language teaching and learning in a TESOL environment;
  2. Evaluate, implement and analyse English as a second or additional language current curricula and pedagogical programs that are locally, nationally and internationally applicable;
  3. Investigate and conceptually map 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. Exhibit competence in a range of key knowledge areas in second language acquisition including curriculum development, learning approaches and assessment;
  5. Plan and execute substantial research and/or implement capstone experience relevant to their professional responsibilities and interests in the area of TESOL;
  6. Investigate and assess the role of social and cultural contexts in the English language teaching and learning, and generate adaptable solutions to complex problems in such contexts, and advocate the role of TESOL teachers for social responsibility;
  7. Develop and apply critical and analytical skills in relevant research projects, and communicate and transmit these ideas to peers;
  8. Apply and validate the theoretical and practical learning opportunities provided in each unit of study to become accomplished and autonomous TESOL practitioners;
  9. Implement their enhanced teaching skills and critically reflect on and innovate theory and professional practice in second language contexts

Units and electives

The Master of TESOL Education is only available to students from similar (cognate) disciplines and students will be required to complete 144 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 96 credit points Core units
  • 48 credit points Thesis unit/s OR Capstone unit and Elective unit

Additional Notes

  • All units are subject to availability.
  • Thesis and capstone units can only be taken at the end of your course.
  • To be eligible to apply for doctoral study, it is recommended that you choose to complete Minor Thesis option, or to complete the unit EED6011 in conjunction with EED6004.

Year 1

Students complete all of the following core units:

Year 2

Choose ONE of the following three options:

Option A

Plus 24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from Elective units list below

* To be eligible to apply for doctoral studies it is recommended that students undertaking this option complete EED6011

Option B

Option C

Elective units

Admission information

  • International: In addition to the requirements for mature age admissions, international applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 6.5 overall – Academic Module or approved equivalent.
  • Mature: A recognised degree of at least three years full-time duration preferably in Linguistics/TESOL/Education (or related disciplines). A recognised degree of at least three years duration or equivalent and commitment to work in TESOL programs. Examples of commitment to work in TESOL programs include completed CELTA, working experience as a teacher of English as a second/international/ additional language, participation in professional development or volunteer work. Current or recent working experience in an education or teaching environment is preferred.
  • Other: Applicants are required (1) to attend an interview with the Course Coordinator, (2) to submit a current version of their CV with at least a list of 3 referees and (3) to present a 200 word statement outlining why they are interested in undertaking this course, (4) successful completion of the units of the Graduate Diploma in TESOL with a minimum average of Distinction (70%/D) or equivalent, (5) to have a minimum IELTS of 6.5 overall – Academic Module, or approved equivalent*. *In order to be eligible for enrolment into AGTL all applicants need to meet the Language English requirements. 1. At least three years of undergraduate degree in English in Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, the UK and Ireland 2. Provision of evidence that English is their first or major language also meets this requirement 3. If applicants do not satisfy the above requirements then they must provide evidence by completing an assessment. Assessments that are recognised are: - International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Module only) - International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). This is only valid if ‘provided by approved testing sites where the assessment is teaching focused’. - Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT). Notes: 1. The date of the English language test results must be no more than 2 years from the date of application for registration. 2. Cost of testing must be met by the applicant. 3. Some exceptions may be made for LOTE teachers.

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