Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMTESOL
CRICOS code079104F
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • This course may require students to undertake off-campus placements.


This course is suitable for a wide range of professionals, educators or prospective educators working in English language teaching in international or local contexts and leads to a graduate qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It prepares students as language teachers in different global educational settings. It caters for those who wish to gain specialised learning in English language teaching and learning.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of the course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • develop their understanding of core principles of language teaching and learning for TESOL classrooms
  • engage with current theory and practice for second language acquisition and pedagogy
  • examine the role of social and cultural contexts in language learning and use
  • develop competence in a range of key areas in second language acquisition, including content-based learning, curriculum development and assessment
  • develop critical and analytical skills in discussing relevant and substantive research in the field
  • extend disciplinary learning and applied research skills in a professional project
  • demonstrate competence in communicating ideas in an academic context.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have completed prior studies may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies ( Students with two or more years of full-time relevant informal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learningrecognition of prior learning (

Research component

This course includes an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles and practices applicable to a field of professional work or learning, or a capstone experience comprising professional experience and scholarship in a specific area of professional practice.


This course consists of orientation units, key constructs units, enhanced professional learning units, and professional inquiry or research units.


Students must complete:

(a.) two orientation units (24 points):

  • EDF4610 Interacting with research in education contexts
  • EDF4611 Investigating education issues in global contexts

(b.) one or two of the following key constructs units (12 or 24 points):

  • EDF5621 Challenging curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • EDF5622 Developing learners and learning

(c.) three enhanced professional learning units (36 points):

  • EDF5640 Language, culture and curriculum
  • EDF5641 Pedagogy and assessment in TESOL
  • EDF5642 Bilingualism and content-based programs

(d.) professional inquiry units through one of the following two options (12 or 24 points):

Option 1:

  • EDF5696 Professional practice for teachers of TESOL

plus, if only one unit is completed at (b.), one of the following units:

  • EDF5691 Professional project
  • EDF5693 Using and evaluating research evidence
  • EDF5694 Taking a stand in education debates
  • EDF5695 Self-study as professional inquiry
  • EDF5814 Creative research approaches

Option 2:

A possible pathway to research is available to students who achieve a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the units of this course. The pathway is by invitation to students who meet this criterion and is not offered at the point of entry. However, students interested in this possibility must make space to pursue two units of professional inquiry by taking only one key constructs unit in (b.) above. Students invited into this pathway take the following two units:

  • EDF5613 Research approaches in education
  • EDF5614 Research project in education

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Master in TESOL for course progression advice.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Diploma in Education Studies after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master in TESOL