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Degree structure

Degree details

At the completion of this degree students will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply the theoretical principles and concepts which underpin contemporary TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) specific practices
  2. an understanding of the diverse needs of students and an ability to frame creative solutions to problems of pedagogy
  3. an ability to access key texts in the field, and to analyse critically key concepts in the field and an ability to synthesise information from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives
  4. an ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to communicate key concepts relevant to TESOL
  5. an awareness of available technologies and an insight into how they can be used creatively to a specific advantage in TESOL
  6. an awareness of the importance of self-directed learning for professional growth and a demonstrated ability to take responsibility for individual intellectual development
  7. an awareness of the theoretical and practical implications for TESOL in a global context
  8. an appreciation of the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in TESOL
  9. an ability to work both independently and as part of a team; plan a challenging and supportive learning environment.

A world-wide need has been identified for specialist English language teachers. There are three main groups who would benefit from the completion of this qualification: Practising teachers in all sectors - to develop an additional specialist teaching area; Qualified teachers currently working overseas as TESOL teachers who feel they are being hampered by a lack of formal qualifications; First-language speakers of languages other than English who work as English language teachers in their own countries and who need a qualification from a university in an English-speaking country that might assist their career.

Professional recognition

When the degree 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.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Higher education

A four year undergraduate degree in teaching including evidence to show the assessed practicum component


A bachelor degree and a one year postgraduate degree in teaching including evidence to show the assessed practicum component


A bachelor degree and a CELTA or Cert IV TESOL qualification including evidence to show the assessed practicum component

* Note: A Certificate IV In Training and Assessment is not an approved teaching qualification for entry into this program.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

The Graduate Certificate (TESOL) focuses specifically on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language practices in Australia and the South East Asian region.

This degree 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.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in TESOL students must complete 4 subjects or equivalent.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has undergone a major change.

From 2017, all the 4 core subjects are replaced by new subjects. Newly admitted students will follow the new degree structure.

Existing students who are in the degree will have to seek advice from the School of Education at Education.Teaching.Support@curtin.edu.au for advice on their enrolment from 2017 onwards.