Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


✓ Become qualified to teach English as a second language

✓ Upskill your current Teaching Registration with additional accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching

✓ Teach English in Australia, internationally or online

✓ Research-driven learning

✓ Suitable for students with no prior experience, plus a fast-track option for those with experience

Gain the skills required to start an exciting career teaching English as an additional language with our internationally recognised Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). There is a high demand for English teachers, as it's one of the world's most widely spoken languages. Exploring teaching English in a global context, you’ll develop specialised skills to suit varied teaching environments, both in Australia and overseas.

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Who is the course for?

The Master of TESOL is suitable for students of all backgrounds, with no prior experience in the field required. The course is for those who want to teach English in a range of teaching environments around the world, ranging from mainstream schools to language centres for adult and child migrants. If you’re seeking to become an accredited English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher in Victoria, the Master of TESOL will provide you with this recognition from the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Please note: the Master of TESOL does not provide an initial teacher qualification to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. For information on becoming a teacher, please visit the Become a Teacher page.

Why choose the Master of TESOL with us?

In the Master of TESOL, you’ll be taught by a number of internationally recognised education experts. As students of MGSE researchers, you’ll experience research-led learning, focusing on concepts and findings, sometimes even before publishing. As well as strong leaders and educators, the course has also been built for practical application in the real world. Our teacher placements are an integral part of the course which allow students to experience real-life teaching in primary, secondary or adult education environments.

The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1* in Australia. We are at the cutting edge of teaching and research.

Support while you learn

We take pride in the excellent support we offer our Master of TESOL students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. Our teacher candidates are successful because of the extra support and guidance they get when leading a class for the first time. You will receive ongoing support – unlike any other university – both on campus and while on placement. As you learn, you will be supported by a Mentor Teacher and a Clinical Teaching Specialist. If you are an Indigenous student, we offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne via Murrup Barak. Find out more here.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Education