Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The MEd(TESOL) has been designed for educational professionals seeking to develop their expertise and understanding in the areas of applied linguistics and language education, particularly in the teaching of English.

Students are encouraged to explore a range of issues relating to language teaching and learning, applied linguistics and sociocultural contexts of education. As well, the program develops themes and examines theories and research relating to the practical issues of language teaching and learning in a second-language environment.

All of the teaching staff are TESOL specialists, who have academic and professional qualifications in TESOL along with many years of professional experience.

Information about the tuition fees and opportunities for further study associated with all Master of Education designations – and their component Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas – is published on the MEd home page.


Entry requirements

Proof of English-language proficiency must be provided by certain domestic and all international students for whom English is a second language.

Applicants to the TESOL designation must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and either a postgraduate English language teaching qualification or at least two years’ full-time English language teaching experience; or
  • a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching or equivalent qualification and at least one year’s full-time English language teaching experience.

Course structure

Master’s candidates are required to complete eight units of study, including:

  • at least four core units; and
  • one capstone unit; and
  • no more than two units from outside the TESOL designation.

Graduate Diploma candidates are required to complete six units of study, including:

  • at least four core units; and
  • no more than one unit from outside the TESOL designation.

Graduate Certificate candidates are required to complete four units of study, including:

  • at least two core units.

Core units of study

Elective units of study

Elective units from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Linguistics

Capstone units of study

Master’s candidates must enrol in either the Special Project (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).

Units of study outside the designation

Graduate diploma candidates may complete one unit, and master's candidates up to two units, from other designations within the Faculty (with the exception of Higher Education).