The Graduate Certificate of Education is designed to allow teachers to undertake focused short-term study programs and to gain credit for them. The courses aim to provide teachers with high quality programs linked to their professional and career development needs in areas that are of priority for schools and systems. This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers working in all sectors of the TESOL field in Australia and overseas. It is designed to provide a sound understanding of key principles and current innovative practice in English language teaching around the world and is also suitable for qualified teachers who are newcomers to TESOL. Applicants who wish to teach ESL in government schools in Victoria must meet specific content and practical teaching requirements in the Graduate Certificate of Education (GCertEd) in the related specialist field, as well as having a recognised teaching qualification that permits them to be employed as a teacher in Victoria. A number of adult ESL settings and programs may also require this level of qualification for employment purposes. Applicants without a recognised teaching qualification who are working in the field of adult education or in overseas countries may undertake the Graduate Certificate of TESOL E580 course.
Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree or diploma level inclusive of approved teacher education. It is possible for some credit to be granted for appropriate, approved professional development programs already undertaken. In addition to minimum entry requirements, International students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 for the on-campus TESOL courses, or at least 7 if undertaking the course by off-campus study. Teachers requiring Victorian Institute of Teaching registration for employment purposes must hold an approved teaching qualification prior to commencing this course. Unqualified teachers and other professionals are advised to enrol in Graduate Certificate of TESOL E580 course.
Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) (International Students)
Accreditation by Victorian Institute of Teaching for specialist teaching positions.
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Graduates will be eligible to Teach English to Speakers of other Languages in Australia and Overseas in a variety of settings depending on qualifications required by the employer.
The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising three compulsory core units and one specialist unit.
ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching
Trimester 1 and trimester 2
ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL
Students to select one of:
ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom
ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum
ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom
ECL773 Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts
EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum
ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum
ECL756 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching
ECL774 Learning An Additional Language
ECL775 Intercultural Communication
(i) ECL751, ECL752 - Students are required to select at least one of, and may choose both.
(ii) ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL incorporates a practicum of 22 days of supervised teaching practice in TESOL for those applicants who wish to meet Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements. The type of practicum undertaken and the number of days satisfactorily completed will be identified on the student's transcript.
(iii) Generic units (EXE coded units) offered in on-campus mode are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.
EEI700 Practicum Case Study
Note: Although EEI700 includes 22 days of supervised teaching experience, it does not lead to an initial registered teaching qualification.
Students receive instructional materials through Deakin Studies Online, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is provided through use of Deakin Studies Online, email and telephone links.
Optional weekend study schools may also be available for some units.
On campus TESOL units are delivered through face to face teaching in scheduled classes at the Melbourne campus at Burwood.
Articulation to masters course
The Graduate Certificate allows fast tracking into a related masters degree. Up to 4 credit points may be granted for a completed graduate certificate taken as a fifth year of tertiary study, toward a masters degree.
Direct entry to masters may be offered for a graduate certificate taken as a fourth year of tertiary study if completed at credit level or higher.
Graduate Certificates may be undertaken as an entry point for some courses and appellations or as an exit point after satisfactory completion of at least 4 credit points of study.
Specialist and generic units
Courses are constructed from a mix of generic and specialist units. Generic units address issues related to the whole field of education, while specialist units address issues focused on a specific area.
Students who wish to have an award with appellation undertake a specified number of specialist units.
Teachers who wish to meet the criteria for employment as a LOTE teacher in Victorian schools should also hold either a three year post-year 12 major in the LOTE, or current LOTE accreditation, or a statement of equivalence from a LOTE department of an approved university.
Students with the appropriate background who wish to also have a TLOTE specialism included on their transcript must successfully complete the requirements for the GCertEd(TESOL) with the addition of the unit EEI700 Practicum Case Study.
Admission requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicants previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.
Admission requirements - specific
Entrants to the course must have successfully completed an approved qualification at degree or diploma level inclusive of approved teacher education. It is possible for some credit to be granted for appropriate, approved professional development programs already undertaken.
In addition to minimum entry requirements, International students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 for the on-campus TESOL courses, or at least 7 if undertaking the course by off-campus study.
Teachers requiring Victorian Institute of Teaching registration for employment purposes must hold an approved teaching qualification prior to commencing this course. Unqualified teachers and other professionals are advised to enrol in Graduate Certificate of TESOL E580 course.
Advanced standing - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
* Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
* Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
* Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application:
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
* If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
* If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
* If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.
Professional experience requirements - Working With Children Check (WWCC)
Students who intend to undertake practicum in Victorian schools are required to complete a WWCC unless a copy of Victorian teacher registration is provided. Students requiring a WWCC should contact the Professional Experience coordinator email: firstname.lastname@example.org