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Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertTESOL

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1802.2

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 061591M

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 Spring 2017 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 to Autumn 2017 - please refer to: 1802.1 Graduate Certificate in TESOL

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.

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL provides an initial teacher training qualification which reflects the industry standard in the adult TESOL sector in the Australian context. The course is suitable for teachers in other educational fields (e.g. primary and secondary education), and for graduates in any field wishing to develop a long-term career in TESOL in Australia.

  • Director of Academic Program - Associate Professor Robert Mailhammer

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

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 postgraduate qualification in any discipline. Applicants must have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest.

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 applicants will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website.

International applicants 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

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.

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 60 credit points from the units listed below.

Start Year Intake

Autumn session

101825English Linguistics for TESOL
101697TESOL Methodology and Curricula

Spring session

101824Second Language Assessment and Testing
101698TESOL Internship

Mid Year Intake

Spring session

101824Second Language Assessment and Testing
101697TESOL Methodology and Curricula

Autumn session

101825English Linguistics for TESOL
101698TESOL Internship

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