The Graduate Certificate (TESOL) focuses specifically on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language practices in Australia and the South East Asian region.
This course assists experienced, practising teachers in their career development by providing them with an additional specialist teaching area. For teachers who wish to add TESOL to their professional repertoire, this Certificate will provide them with a qualification which will allow them to work within the field in their current employment and assist with applications for positions at specialist language centres in Australia and overseas.
Please note that as with all online learning environments, students are expected to possess independent, autonomous learning skills and to apply them to the programme content.
A world-wide need has been identified for specialist English language teachers. Successful completion of this Certificate will provide an overseas career path.
When the course is undertaken by practising teachers from other disciplines, successful completion of the Certificate will provide an additional specialised teaching area. Successful completion of the Certificate will provide a qualification which will allow graduates to be considered for specialist ESL and EFL teaching positions at language centres in Australia and overseas.
Students need to hold an approved teaching qualification with an assessed practicum component.
If the undergraduate degree has been completed in a language other than English, certified transcripts of IELTS results must be included with the application. Candidates will need to achieve a minimum competency of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components of the test.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students who meet entry requirements should apply directly to OUA.
Applications for Graduate Certificate in TESOL are due two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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Check that you have all the required documents, according to individual course
requirements and your personal circumstances, specifically:
- Your curriculum vitae - required for entry into postgraduate courses
copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course
- A letter of recommendation from your employer on company letterhead -
recommended for entry using work experience.
- Certified legal documentation - if you have changed your name e.g. a marriage
certificate, deed poll name change certificate.
- Certified legal documentation - if you need to correct an error in your date of
birth e.g. a birth certificate.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in
English e.g. IELTS
or equivalent test results.
- Official translations of any documents not in English.
Please provide scanned copies of all original academic documents. Only include supporting documentation if you have undertaken studies/qualifications at institutions other than OUA.
This application will become the Property of Open Universities Australia and Curtin University and will not be returned.
Applications will only be considered if academic records for all courses attempted or completed are included along with the certificate of award conferred.
Requirements of scanned documents:
- Documents must be scanned from the original documents. Scans from a photocopy or a faxed copy are not acceptable
- Documents must be scanned in colour
- Applicants must ensure no portion of the document is missing (look out for page numbers)
- Documents must be scanned at the original size. If the document is larger than A4 then the document should be scanned in A4 sized portions without size reduction
- If the document has markings or text on both sides e.g. a registration number then both sides must be scanned
- Scanned documents must be between 125 and 150 dots per inch
- File size of any single document should not exceed 3MB"
Do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
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To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in (TESOL) students must complete 4 units or equivalent.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Candidates holding the Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Teaching English to Adults (CELTA) can apply to be granted advanced standing for the unit TESOL568: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Credit Transfer – Given that the course consists of four units only, credit transfer (other than advanced standing for holders of the CELTA award) will not be allowed.
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