• Flexible delivery including online, school holiday intensive and evening classes.
  • Affordable study with Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.


Teaching English to speakers of other languages

Are you an English language teacher looking for professional development opportunities?

UNSW offer the following professional development programs, designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals working or intending to work teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and/or Languages:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education (TESOL)
  • Master of Education (TESOL)

Our postgraduate programs in Education (TESOL) provide educational professionals with a vocationally relevant qualification that combines theory and practice:

Education and applied linguistics

At the Master’s level you will study a cross disciplinary program in Education and Applied Linguistics. Students will engage with key issues and current debates in foreign and second language education in Australia and internationally.

As a student in Education (TESOL), you will explore a range of social, cultural, political and pedagogical aspects of education and applied linguistics.

Domestic students may be eligible to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP and Commonwealth Supported Places are available.


Flexible delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered through a range of flexible delivery modes, including:

  • online and blended courses
  • intensive school holidays courses
  • workplace and self-directed learning
  • evening classes

For more information about the delivery mode for each course, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Graduate Certificate of Teaching (TESOL) 

The Graduate Certificate of Teaching (TESOL) is a short program suited for those intending to work in the area of ESL/EFL.

This postgraduate teaching program consists of four courses and can be completed part-time over one year.

Master of Education (TESOL)

The Master of Education (TESOL) is offered in two streams and students can choose from the following:

Stream 1 - caters for qualified teachers who require an accredited specialist qualification in TESOL, and have no prior studies in Linguistics or TESOL.

Stream 2 - caters for qualified teachers who hold an accredited specialist qualification in TESOL and wish to update or extend their professional learning, with the option of progressing to higher degree studies.

To see an example of a program of study, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Education and the Master of Education:

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching).


  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.


Completing your Masters in Education (TESOL)

A Masters degree in Education will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions.

If you are already working as a qualified language teacher, after completing the Master of Education (TESOL) your future career options could include:

  • education and development teacher
  • language assessment and testing (such as becoming an IELTS examiner)
  • course design/writing/publishing
  • language school management

Depending on the combination of courses you study, the Master of Education (TESOL) also allows you to teach in NEAS-accredited language centres in Australia. You will also be eligible to work as a Director of Studies in NEAS-accredited centres.

Key teaching staff

Our TESOL students learn from experienced staff who are leading practitioners in their field and at the forefront of educational teaching.

Dr Phiona Stanley - Teacher education and professional development; native speaker teachers of English; Confucian cultures of learning; International education; transnational communities and identities, intercuturality.

Prof Chris Davison - Second language development; language and literacy assessment; teacher-based assessment; language across the curriculum/language in the content areas; TESOL

Prof David Nunan - Language curriculum and materials development; classroom-based research; second language acquisition; discourse analysis

Dr Matthew Clarke - Teacher formation/teacher identities; discourse theory and discourse analysis; social theory and educational philosophy; literacy education, including multi-literacies and critical literacies

Prof Anne Burns – Language and literacy education; teacher cognition and practice; action research; discourse analysis; TESOL

A/Prof Sue Starfield - Advanced academic writing; tertiary academic literacies; writing and identity; doctoral writing; language policy in higher education

Dr Michael Michell - Educational policy; language and literacy education; multicultural education

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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