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What will I learn?

UTS is a world-leading provider of postgraduate language and literacy courses, with academics who are published authors and internationally recognised. UTS is a leading provider of postgraduate TESOL and applied linguistics courses, with academics who are well connected in the English language and literacy teaching fields in Australia and overseas. The staff are published authors and internationally recognised experts in the field. This course meets the professional development needs of a wide range of English language and literacy teachers in Australia and provides a recognised qualification for teaching English as an additional; language and literacy to children, teenagers and adults. The course features flexible study options, with classes held at times suitable for students working standard full-time hours. Credit recognition may be available. This course is designed to meet the specialist requirements for English language teachers of adults in the Australian vocational education and training sector and the ELICOS sector. This program is also suitable for qualified school teachers seeking a specialist qualification in EAL/D teaching.

The course enables students to gain a recognised specialist teaching qualification in one of three streams. The first stream focuses on teaching English for academic purposes (EAP) 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. 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. The third stream is for qualified school teachers who work in Australia or overseas, and who wish to add specialisation in teaching English as an additional language and literacy to primary or secondary school students. Graduates of the course can expect to have their qualifications recognised for teaching EAP in English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) colleges; teaching in government funded adult migrant English programs, job-seeker programs and community-based English language, literacy and numeracy courses in vocational education and training (VET) and community colleges; or for teaching EAL/D and literacy in primary or secondary schools, depending on their specialist stream.


Career options include teacher of English as an additional language, adult literacy and numeracy/foundation skills in Australia or overseas (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 (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$33,744.00 (US$ 21,655) per year
The cost per credit point for 2022 is AUD $703.

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

Start date

Expected August 2023


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.

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 boasts a culturally diverse campus life and a vast range of innovative courses that prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and the future.

  • Australia’s No.1 Young University
  • Located in Sydney’s creative and digital precinct
  • Practice-based teaching and learning with an industry focus
  • More than AUD 12 million offered in scholarships and grants

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