Degree details

Graduates will be able to apply in-depth knowledge of:

  1. 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;
  2. theoretical and practical matters in languages education in such a way as to improve professional decision making;
  3. curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, policies and practices designed to improve language learning outcomes and well-being for students/clients.

Professional recognition

This degree does not lead to teacher registration in Australia.

Career objectives

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.

Higher education

applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Education, Teaching or in a closely related discipline; or hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline and hold a Graduate Certificate in Education from Flinders University or equivalent qualification.

All applicants and must either (a) have completed a minor sequence of four topics 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 (b) have one years' full-time equivalent teaching experience in any foreign language in a school or approved institution by the commencement date of the course.

Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters 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 1.5 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 topics and five option topics chosen from a range of option topics 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 topics per semester and part-time students undertake two topics per semester.

Award Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Languages Education) (Progressive level entry), students must successfully complete seven core (compulsory) topics and five option topics chosen from an extensive range of option topics. 

Applications are submitted directly to Flinders University through its online application system.