University Handbook 2018

Master of TESOL

Course code/s: Melbourne (EMTSC)

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course/Discipline Coordinator Dr Shem Macdonald
Course Code EMTSC
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 057851G
Course Duration 2 year full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Score 240 points
Exchange Opportunity No
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

This course leads to an advanced professional qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)*. Graduates of the course will be equipped to take positions of responsibility in the planning, administration and delivery of English language teaching programs. The course is also relevant for candidates wishing to undertake applied research relevant to their professional responsibilities and interests in the area of TESOL and applied linguistics.

* This course does not provide an initial teaching qualification. Applicants seeking an initial qualification to teach English as an Additional Language in schools in Australia may also require a registered initial teaching qualification such as Master of Teaching (Primary/ Secondary) or Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary).

Admission Requirements

Applicants with a three-year Bachelor degree or equivalent tertiary qualification are eligible for entry to the full 240 credit point program.

Applicants with an Honours degree or equivalent four-year qualification in a relevant area are eligible to apply for advanced standing entry to a 120 credit point program.

Course Requirements

The 240 credit point program may be taken over two years full-time or three to six years part-time.

Applicants with a relevant fourth-year qualification receive up to 120 credit points of advanced standing and take the remaining credit points over a minimum of one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Course Structure

The course is available by all coursework or a combination of coursework and a minor thesis (see below). Level 4 subjects may normally only be taken in the first 120 points of a 240 credit point program.

Students taking the full 240 credit point program must take the majority (normally two-thirds) of their subjects from the list of applied linguistics subjects below and must also take the subject EDU5RME Research Methods in Education. The remaining subjects can be taken as a Minor Thesis or from other Education subjects.

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Master of TESOL (EMTSC) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 123 KB]

Core subjects

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Core Subject

EDU5RME * (S1 or S2) Research Methods in Education   (30 credit points) 

* This subject must not be taken in a student's first semester of study except with the permission of the subject coordinator.

Applied Linguistics subjects

Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.

The following two subjects are to be taken in the first year by students taking a program longer than 120 credit points unless specific exemption is granted:

Applied Linguistics Subjects

EDU4ILT  (WK12-16) Introduction to Language Teaching
EDU4UET  (WK31-34) Understanding English for Teaching

The following subjects are offered in alternating years and can be taken as available.

Year A
EDU5SLA (S2) Second language acquisition (30 credit points)-not available in 2018
EDU5DLP  (S1) Designing Language Learning Programs-not available in 2018
EDU5SGT (S1)  Sociolinguistics in Language Teaching  (30 credit points) -not available in 2018
EDU5FFE   (S2) Forms and Functions of Language in Education -not available in 2018
Year B
EDU5BLE  (S1) Bilingualism and Language Education
EDU5DAS (S1)  Discourse Analysis: Spoken and Written Language in Use   (30 credit points)
EDU5SLL  (S2) Second Language Literacies    (30 credit points)
EDU5DLL (S2) Designing Language Learning Experiences
(S1) = Semester 1, (S2) = Semester 2

Minor thesis

Students may apply for entry to the minor thesis once they have commenced study and have demonstrated that they have satisfied the eligibility requirements.  To meet these requirements students need:

  • at least 60 credit points remaining in their enrolment
  • a result of B or better for EDU5RME Research Methods in Education (preference will be given to higher grades)
  • an average result of B or better in other subjects (preference will be given to higher grades)
  • an available supervisor allocated to work with the student on their topic.

Students who satisfy the eligibility requirements can vary their enrolment to include the minor thesis. Approved students may take a 60 credit point Minor Thesis part-time over one year or full-time over one semester.

EDU5MTA (S1) Minor Thesis A (30 credit points)
EDU5MTB  (S2) Minor Thesis B (30 credit points)
EDU5MTH  (S1 or S2)  Minor Thesis (60 credit points)
(S1)= Semester 1, (S2) = Semester 2

Teaching periods are  provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details


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