Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent in education, language, linguistics, applied linguistics or language related disciplines at an approved institution; or Recognised qualification in teacher education; OR hold an undergraduate degree, plus a certification in TESOL plus a minimum five years experience in teaching English.


The Master of Arts (TESOL) program provides language teacher education in teaching and learning English as a second/additional language. The program aims to prepare prospective teachers of English as a Second Language for their future career and to assist current TESOL teachers in extending their professional knowledge. Subject content covers theoretical aspects of language, language teaching, language acquisition and the practical applications of these in language teaching. The Master of Arts (TESOL) prepares teachers for an international career in the diverse global world.


Dependent on commencement of program and Option Choice, students can choose from the below-listed subjects.

Foundation Subjects (7)

  • Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Teaching English in Diverse Contexts
  • Professional Practice in Language Teaching
  • Nature of Language
  • Second Language Learners
  • Language in Society
  • Language Teacher Skills

Option Choice: You may choose either the Minor or Major Option.

Minor (50cp)

  • Supervised Project in TESOL A 10cp OR English in Professional Context
  • Supervised Project in TESOL B 10cp
  • Language Assessment and Evaluation

Plus two of the following three subjects dependent upon subject availability.

  • World Englishes
  • Learning Through Observation
  • Curriculum Design

Major (40cp)

  • Dissertation in TESOL A (20cp)
  • Dissertation in TESOL B (20cp)

Plus one of the following subjects dependent on subject availability:

  • Language Assessment and Evaluation
  • Curriculum Design


This program will prepare you for work in diverse educational contexts. Our graduates teach English as a second/additional language at all levels, from primary to tertiary, across the globe. In Australia, the program is designed to meet the teaching standards of ELICOS, university language institutes and other language colleges. For details of English Language teacher qualifications in Australia, visit the National ELT Accreditation Scheme website www.neas.org. Our graduates also find employment in areas where the knowledge of different languages and cultures is highly valued including politics, diplomacy, economics, trade and drama.


This program is also available online to Australian students and international students outside Australia (not available to international student visa holders present in Australia) for January, May and September.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
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Jan 2020
54 weeks
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