Master of Indigenous Languages Education
Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
A postgraduate degree program exclusively for Indigenous Australian applicants.
The program does not lead to accreditation as a teacher or a professional teaching qualification, however, the coursework involved in the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s degree provides both professional development for teachers and training for others to assist teachers or work in community education in Indigenous Australian languages.
The NSW Department of Education and Training accepts this program as providing appropriate training for qualified Aboriginal teachers seeking additional approval to teach an Aboriginal language.
The program has been designed to meet the need for qualified instructors to participate in the delivery of Indigenous Australian languages education programs in a range of educational settings.
The graduate certificate is completed in one semester; the graduate diploma in one and a half semesters; and the master's in two semesters (a full year).
All units of study are delivered in block mode; students are required to attend classes at the Camperdown campus for six one-week blocks each year with the remaining study taken at home.
The master’s program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively implement the NSW Aboriginal Languages Syllabus from Kindergarten to Year 10, as well as being equipped to teach syllabi from other states and territories.
Course content is arranged into three strands – linguistics, theory and practice strands – and is applicable to all Indigenous Australian languages. Students do not need to be fluent in an Indigenous Australian language to enter the course and may undertake external study in a language, from an approved provider, as part of the master's program.
Postgraduate programs in Indigenous Languages Education are available to Indigenous Australians only. Applicants must complete a confirmation of Indigenous identity form (pdf, 54kB) as proof they are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
To be accepted into the graduate-certificate program, applicants must have completed a minimum two-years’ study toward a teaching qualification: a Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) or equivalent.
From 2014, master’s applicants must submit proof of successful completion of one year of relevant professional experience in education in addition to either of the following:
- a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification
- a bachelor's degree and a graduate diploma in Education from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
The Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Languages Education is awarded to students enrolled in the master's program who choose to discontinue their studies after completing the requirements for the graduate diploma. Because of this, it is impossible to enrol directly into the GradDipILE. Students wishing to undertake this program must enrol in the master's course.
All units of study in the Master of Indigenous Languages Education (MILE) program are worth six credit points. The four core units comprise the graduate certificate. Successfully completing two elective units as well as the two capstone units is required for the award of a master degree.
Core units of study
All graduate-certificate, graduate-diploma and master's candidates must complete the following:
- Sounds & Writing in Indigenous Languages (KCIL5610)
- Words & Meanings in Indigenous Languages (KCIL5611)
- Sentences & Text in Indigenous Languages (KCIL5612)
- Theories & Methods in Language Learning (KCIL5613)
Master's degree units of study
In addition to the units listed above, MILE candidates must complete one of the capstone units of study, either Research Project in Indigenous Languages (KCIL5621), or Learning an Indigenous Language (KCIL5622), as well as the following three units:
- Research Methods in Language Education (KCIL5620)
- Language Curriculum Development (KCIL5623)
- Technology and Language Learning (KCIL5624)
Students undertaking the Master of Indigenous Languages Education may proceed to enrolment in a postgraduate research degree in education on the basis of exemplary results in their studies.
Tuition fees are reviewed annually. The most up-to-date estimate for the MILE articulated-program course fees are published under the Fees for domestic students ‘Essentials’ for the Master of Indigenous Languages in the Sydney Courses database.