Master of Education (TESOL)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully face the practical challenges of English language teaching in a second language context. Using the latest research, this program investigates the theoretical basis of issues relating to applied linguistics and sociocultural contexts of education.



The Master of Education (TESOL) will develop your professional expertise and knowledge in the areas of applied linguistics and English language education whether you are, or are aspiring to become, an English language teacher of children, adolescents or adults. (Note that this program does not in itself lead to a professional teaching qualification.)

Course outline

Candidates are required to complete 48 credit points: consisting of a minimum of 24 cp (4 units of study) of core units; a minimum of 6 cp (1 unit of study) of elective units; a maximum of 12 cp (2 units of study) of capstone units; and a maximum of 12 cp (2 units of study) of other postgraduate elective units of study listed in the TESOL Units of Study Table and/or other specialisations within the Master of Education program.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

A capstone unit is completed in the final semester of enrolment. It provides an opportunity to integrate ideas and understandings drawn from units of study taken in the course. The capstone is a compulsory requirement and is undertaken by completing a special project (6 credit points; 6000 words) or a dissertation (12 credit points; 12,000 words). Students who intend to undertake a higher degree by research (MPhil, PhD, EdD) in future should enrol in the dissertation (please note that entry requirements apply for this unit of study - consult the Course Coordinator for further details).

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The specialisation offers practitioners the opportunity to develop their professional expertise and knowledge in the areas linguistics and language education, and in particular for those aspiring to become English language teachers to children, adolescents or adults.

Course accreditation

Although there is no international accrediting body for TESOL qualifications, this course is internationally recognised for the purpose of teaching English as a second/additional language at all levels in a variety of educational contexts.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Faculty of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the Faculty, including the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Master of Philosophy in Education and Master of Education (Research).

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/professional_learning/index.shtml to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the Faculty. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is a Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature requires: (i) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either a postgraduate English language teaching qualification or at least two years’ full-time English language teaching experience; or (ii) a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching or equivalent qualification and at least one year’s full-time English language teaching experience.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply (i) online directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.