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Graduate Diploma in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching - 916AA

Course Code: 916AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Education
UAC Code: 880445
CRICOS Code: 049503F
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements:

For applicants whose mother tongue is not English, the English language requirement is a minimum average score of 6.5 on IELTS or equivalent on TOEFL.

Open up a world of possibilities teaching English

The Graduate Diploma in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching takes a holistic and practical approach to learning the art of Teaching English as a Second Language, or another language, professionally. You don’t need prior teaching experience to apply, as you will learn all you need to know first-hand via practical student workshops and through the observation of real-life classroom settings. During the course, you will discover how to plan lessons, and will study language teaching in its various social and cultural contexts. You will also learn to understand different teaching methodologies, cover the essentials of language, English grammar and phonetics, and expand your knowledge of linguistics.

Upon graduation, you will be ready to embark on a professional English or foreign language teaching career across a range of varied scenarios, including tutoring in an overseas language school, training adult migrants closer to home, or teaching children in a classroom environment. Progression from the Graduate Certificate in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching to this course, and from this course to the Master of Arts in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching is available by enrolling in additional units.

Study a Graduate Diploma in TESOL and foreign language teaching at UC and you will:

  • understand teaching methodology with a cross-cultural awareness
  • gain hands-on teaching experience
  • learn to make informed teaching decisions and reflect on them critically
  • be introduced to a range of linguistic topics, including the social and cultural contexts of language teaching, how people learn languages, and how these areas affect teaching.

Work Integrated Learning

This course has been developed with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at its core. The content has been created by TESOL and foreign language professionals, and kept relevant and up-to-date through consistent monitoring of, and engagement with, the industry. You’ll undertake authentic assessment tasks which are highly relevant to the day-to-day practice of education, dealing regularly with real-world problems, and will be encouraged to apply course learnings to your own educational employment context.

Career opportunities

  • English teacher
  • Foreign language teacher
  • Private English tutor
  • Private foreign language tutor
  • Adult and community education (ACE) teacher
  • Primary or secondary EALD classroom teacher (English as an Additional Language or Dialect)
  • ESL language school teacher (English as a Second Language)
  • ELICOS teacher (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)
  • AMEP teacher (Adult Migrant Education Program)
  • SEE trainer/assessor (Skills for Education and Employment)
  • WELL practitioner (Workplace English Language and Literacy)

Course specific information

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching may apply and receive credit for units within this course.

Progression from this course to the Master of Arts in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching is available by enrolling in additional units if the applicant has a three-year bachelor’s degree and two years of formal work experience in a related area, or a four-year bachelor’s degree.


Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a three year bachelor's degree in any discipline. No teaching experience is required.

Assumed Knowledge

Competence in spoken and written English

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Typical Study Pattern

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Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL (from the course Graduate Certificate in TESOL and Foreign Language Teaching) is subsumable into this course. Graduate Diploma in TESOL is subsumable to the Master of Arts in TESOL if the student has a three year undergraduate degree and two years formal work experience in a related area or a four year undergraduate degree.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 YES NO


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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