Master of Education Advanced (TESOL)


Program Description

Course summary

The Master of Education Advanced (TESOL) is a higher degree for professional educators and those who are interested in pursuing a career in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This degree can be tailored to suit individual career goals by combining TESOL studies with further study in either Educational Leadership or Information and Communication Technology in Education and Training.

What you will study

During this degree, you will study the key theories of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching, and supplement them with an in-depth understanding of areas such as second language development, grammar, assessment, evaluation and technology-based language teaching. You can also choose to do a supervised professional experience placement in an ESL or EFL classroom.

This degree

  • The Master of Education Advanced (TESOL) offers theoretical foundations and extensive practical skills that address the broader aspects of education and training.
  • This degree can lead to an English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching qualification for those employed as teachers with the Department of Education.
  • You will also benefit from flexible study options, allowing you to study online or in the classroom.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theory and practice in one main specialised discipline as well as one secondary discipline within the field of education in national and/or international contexts.
  2. Demonstrate expert, specialised and technical knowledge in broad educational areas of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum designed to address the needs of diverse learners across a range of educational contexts.
  3. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise information to solve complex problems in the educational field.
  4. Conduct independent research and inquiry, involving higher order conceptualisation, innovative ideas and personal initiative.
  5. Demonstrate professional leadership through interpreting and communicating pedagogical knowledge and professional skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Master of Education Advanced, a candidate must successfully complete at least 96 credit points, comprised of

  • 72 credit points in the selected specialisation; and
  • 24 credit points in an additional focus area.

No more than 24 credit points (four subjects) shall be completed at 800 level.

Students must complete the following three core subjects (18cp):

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EDGZ921 Introduction To Research & Inquiry 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2019/2020
EDGT894 Theories of Second Language Learning 6 Autumn, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT991 Researching TESOL Perspectives and Practices 6 Autumn, EDU Intake Nov

Plus seven subjects selected from the TESOL specialisation elective list below (42cp):

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EDGT817 Pedagogical Grammar 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT830 Methodology in Second Language Teaching 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT835 Teaching English in International Contexts 6 Autumn
EDGT838 Professional Experience in TESOL 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT890 Engaging Diversity: Exploring Contexts of EAL Education 6 Spring
EDGT931 Oral Communication and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
EDGT932 Second Language Literacy 6 Spring
EDGT934 English Pronunciation and Prosody 6 Spring
EDGT940 Materials and Technology in Second Language Teaching 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT976 Text and Context 6 Spring
EDGT983 Assessing and Evaluating in TESOL Environments 6 Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT985 English in Specific Contexts 6 Spring

Plus two elective subjects chosen from the TESOL subjects listed above, or from any other Master of Education specialisation (12cp)

Plus four subjects (24cp) from one of the following focus areas: Educational Leadership, OR Information and Communication Technology in Education and Training

Accreditation & professional recognition

The University of Wollongong is recognised by the Department of Education (DE) as a provider of EAL/D qualifications for primary/secondary trained teachers. DE accreditation will be dependent upon subject choice.

Why choose this course

UOW’s School of Education has a reputation for practical programs and flexible learning strategies that produce highly employable educators. It is founded on the expertise of our staff and our strong ties with community organisations and government bodies.


A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelor degree in any area.

Additional Requirements

Students who wish to enrol in the subject EDGT838 Professional Experience in TESOL must demonstrate proficient professional and communication skills. This subject requires students to undertake 20 hours of supervised professional experience in an ESL classroom.

Credit for Prior Learning

Applicants with a major study in Education plus three years' teaching experience may be eligible for credit for one session of study (24 credit points).

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Jul 2019

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