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  • Objectives
    This course is designed for experienced TESOL professionals wishing to develop their understandings of current practice and issues in English language teaching in Australia and overseas. It is also suitable for qualified teachers who are newcomers to the field of TESOL, as the first four core units explore the key principles and practices in contemporary English language teaching. Applicants who wish to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in government schools in Victoria must meet specific content and practical teaching requirements in the Master of Education in the related specialist field, as well as having a recognised teaching qualification which 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 and who are working in the field of adult education or in overseas countries may undertake the Master of TESOL E780 course.
  • Entry requirements
    The normal minimum educational requirement is four years of tertiary study inclusive of approved teacher training, for example, a four-year Bachelor of Education or a degree plus Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent. Candidates with a three year initial teaching qualification who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education. 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 Master of TESOL E780 course.
  • Academic Title
    Master 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.

    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 the qualifications required by the employer.


    Course rules
    To be awarded a Master of Education (TESOL), students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study under one of the following configurations:

    Coursework only for appellation

        * a minimum of 5 credit points from units listed for the Master of Education (TESOL) (including selected generic units chosen in consultation with MEd co-ordinator) of which at least three are specific to the appellation; and
        * up to 3 credit points from any units at masters level offered by the School of Education.

    Note: The coursework-only degree does not qualify for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy program. Future doctoral applicants with this degree will need to undertake research studies at the required standard equivalent to those in the research pathway.
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    Coursework with research paper for appellation

        * a minimum of 3 credit points from units listed for the Master of Education (TESOL) (including selected generic units chosen in consultation with course co-ordinator) of which at least two are specific to the appellation;
        * EXR780 Research Perspectives and Practices *
        * EXR790 Research Design and Development;
        * EXR796/797 Research Paper Part A and Part B ** undertaken in the chosen specialist area
        * up to 2 credit points from any unit at masters level offered by the School of Education chosen in consultation with the MEd course co-ordinator.

    * Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1 credit point unit in consultation with the MEd course co-ordinator.

    ** Research Paper Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course coordinator.

    Coursework with minor thesis for appellation

        * two credit points of units specific to the Master of Education (TESOL);
        * EXR780 Research Perspectives and Practices *
        * EXR790 Research Design and Development; and
        * EXR798/799 Minor Thesis Part A and Part B ** undertaken in the chosen specialist area
        * up to 1 credit point from any unit at Masters level offered by the School of Education chosen in consultation with the MEd course co-ordinator.

    Note: Only available in special cases with approval from the MEd course co-ordinator after completion of two units at distinction level or higher.

    * Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1 credit point unit in consultation with the MEd course co-ordinator.

    ** Minor Thesis Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course coordinator.

     

    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 MEd(TESOL) with the addition of the unit EEI700 Practicum Case Study.

     
    Course structure


    Core units
    Trimester 1

    ECL753 Linguistics for Language Teaching  


    Trimester 1 and trimester 2

    ECL755 Professional Practice in TESOL  

    and

    Trimester 1

    ECL751 Pedagogy in the Globalised Language Classroom  

    or
    Trimester 2

    ECL752 Innovation in Language Curriculum  


    Units for appellation
    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 one of.
    (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.

     

    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.


    Generic units

    Generic units have been developed for the Masters programs. They focus on contemporary educational issues which can be applied to any specialist study and are designed to be compatible with on-line technologies and to complement the specialist units. Each generic unit may be tailored toward the specialist interests of the student.

    EXE731 Advancing Professional Development  

    EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

    EXE733 Assessing Learning  

    EXE734 New Technologies in Education and Training  

    EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability  

    EXE736 Knowledge, Learning and Learners  

    EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

    EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

    EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  

    EXE740 Independent Reading Study  

    Notes:

    (i) EXE734 is a wholly online unit

    (ii) Generic units (EXE coded units) offered in on-campus mode are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.
    Detailed course rules
    Applicants with an existing qualification in TESOL who wish to extend their studies into research, may complete either of the research paper pathways.


    Teaching methods

    Students receive instructional materials offered through Deakin Studies On-line, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers and classmates is also provided through use of DSO, email and telephone links.

    Optional weekend study schools may also be available for some units. On campus TESOL and TLOTE units are delivered through face to face teaching in scheduled classes at the Melbourne campus at Burwood.
    Articulation
    Masters courses require a research component to lead to a Doctor of Philosophy.


    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
    The normal minimum educational requirement is four years of tertiary study inclusive of approved teacher training, for example, a four-year Bachelor of Education or a degree plus Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent.  Candidates with a three year initial teaching qualification who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education.

    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 Master of TESOL E780 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
    Applications for advanced standing will be considered as follows:

        * Applicants who have completed graduate certificate/graduate diploma/masters units at a fifth-year level (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 4 credit points of advanced standing;
        * Applicants who have completed modules with assessment through the Victorian Professional Development Network (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) 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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