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Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)

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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Entry requirements
    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.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
  • Course description
    Professional recognition
    Accreditation by Victorian Institute of Teaching for specialist teaching positions.


    Fees and charges
    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.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
    A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    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.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    * 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.
    Career opportunities
    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.


    Course rules

    The course requires the completion of 4 credit points comprising three compulsory core units and one specialist unit.


    Course structure


    Core units
    Trimester 1

    ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  


    Trimester 1 and trimester 2

    ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL  


    Students to select one of:

    Trimester 1

    ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  
    or
    Trimester 2

    ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  


    Specialist units
    Trimester 1

    ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  

    ECL773 Learning Global English in Diverse Social Contexts  

    EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  

     

    Trimester 2

    ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  

    ECL756 Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching  

    ECL774 Learning An Additional Language  

    ECL775 Intercultural Communication  

    Notes:
    (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.

     

     

    TLOTE Option

    EEI700 Practicum Case Study  

     

    Note: Although EEI700 includes 22 days of supervised teaching experience, it does not lead to an initial registered teaching qualification.



    Teaching methods

    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.  
    LOTE requirements

    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.

     

    TLOTE Option

    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 applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide


    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
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    Advanced standing - specific
    Advanced standing is considered on an individual basis in accordance with University and Faculty policy.  Applicants who have completed graduate certificate or graduate diploma units are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points of advanced standing.  Applicants who have completed modules with assessment through the Victorian Professional Development Network are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points of advanced standing.
    Students who have successfully completed the unit 'Computer Assisted Language Learning' offered by Adult and Multicultural Education Services (AMES) are eligible to apply for advanced standing for the unit ECL754 Language Teaching Practice in Context (B, X).


    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


    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: prue.jolley@deakin.edu.au

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