0.5 years part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 25 July 2021


Expand your employment opportunities and become qualified to teach English as an additional language (EAL) with the Graduate Certificate in TESOL.

The course is designed for teachers who want to develop their professional practice in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL).

You will strengthen your current skills and gain a solid understanding of the principles and approaches to TESOL, including curriculum design and evaluation.

Graduates who do not have teaching qualifications will still gain a recognised TESOL qualification. However, in Australia you will be limited to working in TESOL programs where a teaching qualification is not required.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in TESOL

Graduates will be equipped as a TESOL program designer and teacher in a range of educational and training contexts such as:

  • working with migrants or indigenous students at the primary, secondary or adult level
  • teaching English abroad.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in TESOL students will be required to complete 48 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Core studies

Please note:

  • AEG5123 is offered in semesters 1, 2
  • AEG5124 is offered in semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • AEG5123 is a prerequisite for AEG5124

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesise and critically review 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. Exhibit competence in a range of key knowledge areas in second language acquisition including curriculum development, learning approaches and assessment;  
  4. Interrogate 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;  
  5. Analyse research findings applicable to TESOL practitioners, and communicate and transmit these ideas to peers;  
  6. Apply and critique the theoretical and practical learning opportunities provided in each unit of study to become accomplished and autonomous TESOL practitioners;  
  7. Implement their enhanced teaching skills and critically reflect on theory and professional practice in second language contexts.  

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.


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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Applicants with a minimum two years of relevant work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Apply direct to VU

Direct applications are due on 25 July 2021

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