What will I learn?

UTS is a leading provider of postgraduate TESOL and applied linguistics courses, with academics who are published authors and internationally recognised experts in the field. This course meets the advanced professional development needs of a wide range of English language teachers in Australia and provides an internationally recognised qualification for teaching children, teenagers and adults, including higher education students. The course features flexible study options, with classes held at times suitable for students working standard full-time hours. Credit recognition may be available.

The course enables students to specialise in one of three streams. The first stream focuses on teaching English for academic purposes where graduates teach English to international students who are studying or seeking to study university courses in institutions where English is the medium of instruction; employers of these graduates are typically English language colleges or universities in Australia or overseas. The second stream is designed for teaching adults who are developing their English language, literacy and/ or numeracy skills as part of a migrant education and settlement program; a ‘second chance’ education program; a job-seeker, vocational or workplace program; or a community education program. Employers for graduates from this second stream include colleges in the vocational education and training sector, community education providers and industries. The third stream is for school teachers who work in Australia or overseas who teach English as an additional language and literacy to primary or secondary school students; graduates from this stream will typically be employed by schools.

Course aims

This course equips teachers with in-depth research-based knowledge of topics in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. The course focuses on contemporary models of language, literacy and numeracy learning and teaching. It has both a strong focus on practice through two supervised teaching practicums, and an emphasis on recent developments in the field of language and literacy studies. The course consists of subjects that equip teachers with skills and in-depth knowledge in the areas of teaching practice, pedagogical grammars, global English, discourse analysis, phonology and pronunciation, language development and language and literacy for specific purposes.

In the last stage of the course, students may broaden their knowledge through their elective subjects that give exposure to other cognate areas of study such as Aboriginal education, digital learning in schools and mentoring in the workplace. Students are also able to undertake an independent study project.


Career options include teacher of English as an additional language, adult literacy and numeracy/foundation skills in Australia or overseas, curriculum developer and program manager in the TESOL/ literacy and numeracy sector (applicants are advised to check with potential employing bodies regarding employment requirements).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,744.00 (18,06,424) per year
The cost per credit point for 2022 is AUD $703.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 1 August 2022


University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS Campus,

15 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission into most postgraduate courses, you are required to hold a recognized bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree. Your academic performance at the bachelor's level will be considered as part of your application assessment. In some instances, you may also require relevant work experience and/or research experience. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, writing 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) - 79-93 overall, writing 21; PTE (Academic) - 58-64; CAE - 176-184; AE5/AE6 (PASS) - AE5.

For international students

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Academic qualifications considered:

UTS recognised Bachelor degree, recognised Graduate Certificate in TESOL (or equivalent)*, recognised Graduate Diploma in TESOL (or equivalent)*, recognised Master.

Applicants with a Bachelor degree need to satisfy the following:

Bachelor degree in the ASCED Field of Education group of or 07 (Education) or 08 (Management and Commerce) or 09 (Society and Culture) or 10 (Creative Arts).

*A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in TESOL from an Australian university, which also offers a Master in TESOL to which the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma articulates into.

For applicants with a Master's qualification, the qualification can be in any field of study.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS has invested AUD 1.3 billion in creating a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Sydney’s entrepreneurial district.

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