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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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CSU's Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to make a significant contribution to any English language teaching setting.

The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    • Delivered online using CSU's innovative technology, this degree can be studied anywhere, anytime.
    • You can learn while you work – and be able to put your knowledge into practice straightaway.
    • Improve your employment prospects, with the skills to work in schools, colleges and universities – or independently – in Australia and internationally.
    • Develop knowledge and leadership capabilities to influence TESOL policy and practice.
    • Learn about using technology to deliver better student outcomes.
    • Become part of a diverse network of education professionals.


    You can also choose to study a coursework research specialisation via a research pathway that allows you to focus on an area of particular interest and can provide a pathway into doctoral studies.


  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of CSU's Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will have the potential to work in Australia and overseas – from Europe and the Middle East to Asia, Latin America and Africa – across many roles, including:


    • language teachers and supervisor
    • curriculum leader
    • language program developer, manager or advisor
    • policy advisor
    • curriculum designer
    • language resource developer
    • TESOL program director
  • Workplace learning

    As part of the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages you will undertake practical placements in industry – so you get hands-on experience and the chance to put your knowledge into practice.

    It will also give you valuable experience when you graduate into the job market.

    If you already work in an English language teaching setting, you could complete your placement where you are. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to experience a different environment – and expand your professional network in the process.

    The placement is a minimum of 20 hours, of which 6 hours must be face-to-face with students. This meets the National ELT Accreditation Scheme's (NEAS) accreditation requirements.

    The placement is undertaken in Session 2 (July to November) or Session 3 (November to February). Alternative times may be negotiated with the Course Director.

    Enquiries concerning qualifications required in each state/territory should be directed to the appropriate employing body within that state / territory.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods

    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience
    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    This course consists of 36 credit points comprising four x 8 point core subjects and one x 4 point core subject.

    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 credit points)

    Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    This course consists of 68 credit points comprising eight x 8 point core subjects and one x 4 point core subject.

    EML503 English as an International Language
    EML508 Socio-political Contexts of TESOL
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 credit points)

    Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Research Pathway)
    This pathway consists of 68 credit points comprising:

    four x 8 point core subjects and one x 4 point core subject:

    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience (4 credit points)

    and three x 8 point specialisation subjects
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research

    and one 8 point specialisation restricted elective from:
    EEB501 Preparing a Literature Review
    EML503 English as an International Language
    EML508 Socio-political Contexts of TESOL
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL

    Key Subjects

    The following two key subjects apply to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages & Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (with Specialisation) courses:

    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    Enrolment pattern

    This is a prescribed enrolment pattern for two annual intakes reflecting the session of subject offer. The recommended enrolment pattern is part time. Full time study is subject to approval of the Course Coordinator.

    Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Session 1 Intake
    Year 1
    Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry

    Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts

    Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Session 2 Intake
    Year 1

    Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts

    Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Year 2
    Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry

    Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Session 1 Intake
    Year 1

    Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry

    Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts

    Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Year 2
    Session 1
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL

    Session 2
    EML503 English as an International Language
    EML508 Socio-political Contexts of TESOL

    Session 2 Intake
    Year 1

    Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts

    Year 2
    Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry

    Session 2
    EML503 English as an International Language
    EML508 Socio-political Contexts of TESOL

    Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Year 3
    Session 1
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML515 Technologies for TESOL

    Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Research Pathway)

    Session 1 Intake
    Year 1

    Session 1
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research

    Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts

    Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Year 2
    Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    and
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods 
    or
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods 
    or
    [             ] Restricted Elective#

    Session 2
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods
    or
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods
    and
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods
    or
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods
    or
    [             ] Restricted Elective#

    Session 2 Intake
    Year 1
    Session 2
    EML510 Language: Theory, Acquisition & Development
    EML513 TESOL in Practical Contexts

    Year 2
    Session 1
    EML514 Approaching TESOL Research
    EML511 TESOL Practice as Inquiry
    Session 2
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods 
    or 
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods
    and
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods 
    or 
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods 
    or 
    [             ] Restricted Elective#

    Session 3
    EPT504 TESOL Professional Experience

    Year 3
    Session 1
    EML509 Grammar & Linguistics for Teaching Language
    and
    EER501 Qualitative Research Methods
    or
    EER502 Quantitative Research Methods
    or
    [             ] Restricted Elective# 

    #The Restricted Elective enrolment is dependent on subject availability.

  • Admission information

    Domestic applicants

    Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree or be able to furnish evidence which demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Dean of the Faculty that equivalent requirements have been met.

    International applicants

    Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree and have appropriate facility with the language of instruction; or be able to furnish evidence which demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Dean of the Faculty that equivalent requirements have been met.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.


    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJEMQ
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYNOEMQ
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNEEMQ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 68 credit points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:


    • SSS032 Introduction to Online Learning
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on theSTUDY LINK

    website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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