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Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching and Bilingualism (Birth - 12 Years)

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertLangTeach&Bi

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1849.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 095725K

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Autumn 2019 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2018 - please refer to: 1849.1 Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching and Bilingualism (Birth - 12 Years)

The Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching and Bilingualism (Birth – 12 Years) provides a specialist qualification for teachers, early childhood educators and paraprofessionals working with bilingual and multilingual children in prior to school and primary school settings in Australia and internationally. Although this is not a teaching qualification, students will develop expertise in the discipline and pedagogical knowledge necessary to support young learners in developing their linguistic capabilities in their home language. The course includes a placement in an educational setting with bi/multilingual learners.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.

Course Advice

Assoc Prof Susanne
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Applicants must have successfully completed

  • an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline with a sub-major or major in a language other than English Or
  • an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline completed in a language other than English Or
  • a diploma, or higher, in any discipline AND have native or near native proficiency in a language other than English with evidence of formal study such as Australia Year 12 language study or equivalent.

If documentation is not available supporting completion of formal study in a language other than English, applicants will be required to prove their level of proficiency with the School of Education via the completion of a 5 minute telephone interview where the applicant will be required to converse at a proficient level in the language other than English.

Additional Information for Applicants

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL - 575 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 232 (minimum 4.5 in essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 89 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - (CAE)
  • Grade = B

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students will need to complete a Working with Children Check, ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training and Child Protection Awareness Training. These are special requirements for the Professional Practice: Language Teaching unit.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence


Semester 1

102514Pedagogies for Languages Teaching
102515Professional Practice: Languages Teaching

Choose one of

102525Bilingualism and Education
102335Contexts of TESOL


Semester 1

102514Pedagogies for Languages Teaching

Choose one of

102525Bilingualism and Education
102335Contexts of TESOL

Semester 2

102515Professional Practice: Languages Teaching

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