Master of TESOL Education

Final intake for this program is Semester 2, 2014.

  • Enhance your professional practice and improve your career opportunities
  • Benefit from growing market demands for English teaching skills
  • Note: This program does not accredit graduates for teacher registration in Queensland

Program title: Master of TESOL Education (Program code: ED703)
Award abbreviation: MTESOL Ed
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Commence: Semester 1 or Semester 2
Study mode: on campus
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, International fee-paying places, Postgraduate coursework places
Total courses: 8
CRICOS code: 072984C Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.

Broaden your prospects in teaching English as a second language.

The Master of TESOL Education is a professional development program, particularly for teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL). It is also designed to cater for non-native speaking teachers of English.

The program provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). You are encouraged to relate your own teaching experience and situation to your coursework, and the curriculum seeks to develop and extend the central skills for successful teaching and learning of English as a second or foreign language.

You are introduced to major aspects of second language acquisition theories, and examine different factors that influence the successful learning of another language. You deepen your understanding of the structure and the use of the English language, and learn how to incorporate communicative teaching methodologies, intercultural language learning principles and interlanguage phonology into your teaching practice.

Courses feature small group, face-to-face teaching that develops your abilities to exercise critical thinking, present information and arguments effectively, and use public presentation skills. The personal interaction skills you develop are essential in language teaching. You are assessed through a combination of assignments, peer-teaching activities and project work.

Admission requirements

A student entering the masters program will be required to hold a 4-year degree (or equivalent) in Education, Languages or Linguistics, from a recognised university and relevant teaching experience.

Applicants are also required to have either:

  • a minimum of 300 hours of communicative language teaching experience witnessed by an authorised representative of a recognised English language teaching institute (eg a Director of Studies).
  • have demonstrated suitability through a Skype or teleconference interview which assesses: teaching experience (preferably TESOL, but related fields will be considered); knowledge of approaches to teaching in general and TESOL in particular; ability to reflect upon prior teaching experience

Entry by non-graduates who have extensive relevant industry experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Dean or Professor of Education, Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.


Program structure

Program requirements
  1. Students are required to successfully complete 8 courses as specified in the Master of TESOL Education program structure.
  2. Refer to related policies, rules, plans and procedures.
  3. Refer to the University's English language proficiency requirements.
  4. Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including, for example, essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests, and examinations.
Required courses: (5)

EDU709 Education Research an Introduction
EDU730 Second Language Acquisition and Learning
EDU732 Second Language Teaching Methodologies
EDU734 Interlanguage Phonology
EDU735 Language, Culture and Second Language Learning

Elective courses: (3)

Select 3 courses from:
EDU307 The English Language
EDU702 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
EDU704 Pedagogies for Engagement
EDU705 Leadership for Learning Communities
EDU711 Contemporary Issues in Education

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Administration by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

New students

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students
Current students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you with choosing your courses, or alternatively contact your faculty office for advice.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 2, 2014 (PDF 356KB) * to plan your classes for the semester / trimester / session.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in the USC Portal / BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Contact Student Administration.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.