Course overview

This course will give you insight into the nature of language and its role in human learning and expression, while developing your communication skills and intercultural awareness. Qualified teachers who wish to be recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a Languages teacher must complete the Language Teaching specialistion plus 22 days of placement at a school or similar setting during school hours. Visit the Master of Modern Languages Education website

Starting dates

February, July

What you will learn

Learn how to effectively teach a language other than English. This course focuses on the curriculum, pedagogy, and language as they apply to classroom instruction and the provision of Languages education within school systems.

Course structure

  • 200 points of coursework (with the possibility of up to 100 points of advanced standing), comprising:
    • 75 points of core subjects, including a capstone component and research methods
    • 50 points of education elective subjects
    • 75 points of additional languages elective subjects

100 credit points of advanced standing will be given to applicants who have either:

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent; or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 100 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education

Successful completion of a major in a language other than English (or a statement of equivalence) is a requirement for Languages teacher accreditation in Victoria.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Modern Languages Education.

Entry requirements

  • A three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline area; and
  • A major in a language other than English, or provide a statement of equivalence

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider prior academic performance.

Students who are eligible for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration but seek additional recognition as an accredited Language teacher, must complete the Language Teaching specialisation. This includes four specialist core subjects, two research capstones and two electives. Specialisation students must also complete 22 days of placement at a school or similar setting during school hours.

English Language Criteria

All students must meet English language requirements.

How to apply

You can enquire via University of Melbourne enquiry form 

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $25,728 per year full-time, $51,456 total course cost

Duration

2 years full time, 4 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 76.9% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 85.8% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 84.8% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Melbourne. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 68.0% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 17.0% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $65,000 (national average $77,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed University of Melbourne graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 077926F

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