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).
    or
  • 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.

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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

How to apply for a postgraduate program
  • Confirm that you meet the postgraduate admission requirements below.
  • Once you have decided on your degree, check the semester of offer on the program summary
  • Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines, and complete the appropriate application forms, if required
  • To submit your application, refer to postgraduate applications
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Am I eligible for admission to a postgraduate program?

USC makes admission offers for postgraduate programs to applicants who are judged to have a reasonable expectation of success in the program to which they are made an offer, in accordance with the Admissions, Enrolment and Graduation – Academic Policy.

International applicants must meet specific entry requirements and apply directly to USC International.

To be eligible for admission as a domestic student to a postgraduate program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, an applicant needs to:

  • have completed a bachelor degree from an Australian higher education institution or recognised equivalent. In addition, programs may have additional requirements including:
    • some prior study in a particular area
    • a minimum GPA in undergraduate study
    • particular work or professional experience
    • professional standing / recognition in, or membership of, a professional body
    With Graduate Certificate programs, alternative entry criteria may be specified such as:
    • formal study undertaken for awards at the sub-degree level;
    • programs provided by recognised professional bodies, employers and other authorities;
    • relevant professional registration or vocational experience; and
    • demonstrable expertise.
    Refer to the admission requirements in the program summary.
  • Have satisfied the English language proficiency requirements. If English is not your first language, you need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program.

As a USC student, you will need to refer to your study plan to enrol in the appropriate courses each semester or session.

Find out more about how to enrol or follow these steps:

  1. Check the open enrolment dates and the academic calendar for key dates
  2. Refer to your Study Plan to plan your courses for the study period
  3. Find your courses and decide on your classes in the class timetable 
  4. Log on to USC Central and enrol in courses and classes
  5. Register your major or minor with your faculty (if applicable)
  6. Apply for credit transfer or cross-institutional study (if applicable)
  7. Pay required study fees by the fee due date
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