Master of Education (Languages Education) (Basic level entry)
Specialise in teaching a language, or two.
Build on your existing knowledge of a foreign language, including TESOL, and engage with issues in languages education. Design and carry out a research project. Discuss and evaluate current theory, policy and research.
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Graduates will be able to apply in-depth knowledge of:
- local and global social, cultural, political and economic perspectives and practices associated with the education of children, young people and adults in the field of languages education;
- theoretical and practical matters in languages education in such a way as to improve professional decision making;
- curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, policies and practices designed to improve language learning outcomes and well-being for students/clients.
Graduates are suitable for careers in a variety of positions ranging from work as teachers in school classrooms, school coordinators and principals, curriculum and policy advisers in departments of education, and as advisers to government and other policy makers.
This degree does not lead to teacher registration in Australia.
Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification and must either:
- have completed a minor sequence of four subjects in any foreign language (including TESOL) in first and second/third year level over a minimum of two years' of full-time equivalent higher education study, or;
- meet the Work and Life entry requirements below
Work and Life
Applicants may apply based on one years' full-time equivalent teaching experience in any foreign language in a school or approved institution by the commencement date of the course in addition to a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at www.flinders.edu.au/credit
This degree is intended for practising language teachers (including ethnic school teachers), language education coordinators and others who are interested in furthering their education in the field of languages education.
It is designed to meet the increasing demand for professional development of current teachers and other professionals.
It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to undertake study in seven compulsory subjects and nine elective subjects chosen from a range of electives available and aimed at providing students with the opportunity to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and expand and apply in-depth knowledge of policies and practices in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment with a focus in language education.
As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four subjects per semester and part-time students undertake two subjects per semester.
To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Languages Education) (Basic level entry), students must successfully complete seven core (compulsory) subjects and nine elective subjects chosen from an extensive range of electives.