Secondary education (Teaching English to speakers of other languages TESOL)


A specialisation in TESOL is available as a second teaching method only, and will provide you with a framework for the successful teaching of English as a second language. You will gain an understanding of different cultural backgrounds and skills in intellectual communication as well as focusing on developing oral and literacy skills.

Assumed knowledge

Applicants for enrolment in the MTeach specialising in secondary education must hold a bachelor degree that satisfies the NSW Institute of Teachers requirements for accreditation. Candidates with a second teaching method of TESOL must have completed a 2-year sequence (4 units of study) in English, linguistics or a language. Studies must including a one-year sequence (2 units) in either English or linguistics studied at an institution where English is the medium of instruction.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to meet the NSWIT English language requirements in order to undertake the professional experiences components of the course (in-school teaching practice).

Study plan

To meet the requirements for this specialisation, a candidate completes 96 credit points (cp) comprising
(a) Year 1: 48cp of study from the MTeach table including 20cp of core education units and 28cp of curriculum and professional studies units; and
(b) Year 2: 48cp of units of study from the MTeach table including 34cp of core education units and 14cp of curriculum and professional studies units.
Subject to the satisfactory completion of 72cp (normally at the end of the third full-time semester), students undertake extensive work in our partner schools in the final semester of the course.

Capstone specialisation

Students undertake their internship of at least 40 days (usually 45 days) in a secondary or primary school in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in the curriculum area(s) in which they are enrolled and are conditionally certified to teach.

During the internship students are assigned to one or more mentor teachers, usually in a single discipline area and are responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 14 and 17 lesson periods per week. The mentor teacher monitors the intern in their work in the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment. Assessment is aligned with the NSW Institute of Teacher's Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Graduate opportunities

The MTeach in secondary education specialising in TESOL qualifies graduates for work in Australian secondary schools, where graduates may find employment as classroom teachers, as well as in various levels of educational management within the school, including student welfare, curriculum development, year adviser, faculty master, principal and assistant principal. Secondary school teachers usually specialise in two subject areas, although some areas involve specialisation either in that area alone, or in conjunction with another area.


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