Considerations before choosing a TESOL course
- Where do you want to teach? In Australia or overseas?
- Who do you want to teach? Young people (primary, secondary, tertiary)? Adults? Migrants and refugees? International students?
- Do you want to teach in a government school, an independent school, an English Language School (Intensive English Centre), a private college for international students, at TAFE, in a Neighbourhood House, university or elsewhere?
- How well regarded and recognised is the course and institution in Australia and/or overseas?
How can I get a job in a government school?
Teaching in government schools in Victoria requires registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Contact VIT directly.
To teach EAL a teaching qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) may be required.
For more information on school EAL in Victoria visit the Department of Education & Training (DET) website and/or inquire at a tertiary institution offering TESOL education.
EAL teacher qualifications requirements in the Adult Sector
The following is a summary of some of the qualifications and experience requirements for different programs and settings for adult EAL (e.g. TAFE, AMES, Adult Community).
Please note that these requirements can change at any time. It is best to check with the organisation you wish to apply to work in before you make decision about what courses of study to take. You may also need advice on whether your experience and qualifications are considered ‘equivalent’ to the requirements.
For questions about working in the Adult Sector the following Facebook group is very helpful and knowledgeable: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AusELT/
Skills for Education and Employment (SEE)
The commonwealth funded SEE programme (formerly known as Language Literacy and Numeracy Program – LLNP) is provided in a number of settings including TAFE, and community providers. The requirements for this program 2013-2016 are:
As a minimum, TESOL teachers must have:
- An undergraduate degree of at least three years duration
- A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent
- A recognised specialist TESOL qualification which includes a practicum
AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)
Provided by AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Services), some TAFE and community providers.
Qualification requirements are similar to those for the SEE program above. For up to date information visit the NEAS website.
EAL courses in TAFE and community providers (ACE)
EAL courses in TAFE and community providers (ACE) are usually the Victorian EAL Framework Certificates. (Some TAFEs and ACE providers use the Certificates in Spoken and Written English which have similar requirements). The requirements to teach these courses are that the teacher is a qualified TESOL teacher (see requirements for SEE and AMEP) and also has the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent.
ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) applies to students studying in Australia on student visas. ‘Intensive’ denotes full-time study comprising a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week of face-to-face classes of English language instruction.
A set of ELICOS Standards includes requirements for teachers of ELICOS programs. (Follow this link for the National standards for ELICOS providers and courses)
- A degree or diploma of at least three years full-time or equivalent (teaching or other)
- A suitable TESOL qualification or qualification that contains TESOL as a method
- Appropriate TESOL teaching experience or are formally mentored by a senior staff member with this experience