2020 Postgraduate Courses

Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Graduate Certificate in TESOL



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



1 session full-time or part-time equivalent (refer to intake sessions)

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):

Autumn, Spring (not available full-time on-campus), EDU Intake November (Distance only)

Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Autumn, Spring)
Distance (Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake November)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong, UOW Online Wollongong / 935072


The Graduate Certificate in TESOL provides a specialist qualification for those who want to teach English to speakers of other languages in Australia or internationally to children, teenagers or adults. The course is regarded as a highly practical qualification for those with little or no experience in second language teaching.

The course includes supervised TESOL professional experience placement required by many employer bodies. Although the course places its emphasis on practice all subjects are underpinned by the latest research and theory in the field.

Students learn how to develop teaching programs and lesson plans, how to assess ESL learners' language, how to teach the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as grammar and vocabulary. Applicants are advised to check with potential employing bodies regarding employment requirements.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Have fundamental knowledge of language and its use, principles of language learning, approaches to teach English to Speakers to other languages.
2 Have expert, advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to: a) Assess learners’ language needs; b) Analyse language demands; c) Design, plan and implement programs of instruction for English language learners.
3 Demonstrate capacity to apply sound TESOL pedagogy to support second language learning development.

Course Structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points in accordance with the table below.

It is recommended that VET, ELICOS and DE teachers complete EDGT983 as an elective if they wish to qualify as ESL teachers.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students must complete the following three core subjects (18cp):
EDGT817 Pedagogical Grammar 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT830 Methodology in Second Language Teaching 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT838 Professional Experience in TESOL 6 Autumn, Spring, EDU Intake Jan, EDU Intake Nov
Plus one of the following elective TESOL subjects (6cp) *:
EDGT835 Teaching English in International Contexts 6Autumn
EDGT890 Engaging Diversity: Exploring Contexts of EAL Education 6 Spring
EDGT931 Oral Communication and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
EDGT932 Second Language Literacy 6 Spring
EDGT940 Materials and Technology in Second Language Teaching 6 Autumn, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT983 Assessing and Evaluating in TESOL Environments 6 Spring, EDU Intake Nov
EDGT984 Theories of Second Language Learning 6 Autumn, EDU Intake Nov

* Elective subjects may be cancelled if minimum enrolment numbers are not met. 

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The University of Wollongong is recognised by the Department of Education (DE) as a provider of ESL qualifications for primary/secondary trained teachers. DE accreditation will be dependent upon subject choice.

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 22 July, 2020