English as a second language

The steps you need to take to become an English as a second language (ESL) teacher through STEP depend on your current qualifications. The maximum studies you will need to complete are outlined below.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programs usually prepare graduates for years K to 12. Current staffing practices, however, restrict subject approval to the area of original mainstream teacher classifications (eg a primary trained teacher is only entitled to the primary ESL code and a secondary trained teacher is only entitled to the secondary ESL code).

Approved teachers appointed to an ESL teacher position with no previous studies in English, linguistics or language will need to complete an approved post-graduate program at certificate, diploma or master's degree level in TESOL.

Approved teachers appointed to an ESL teacher position with underpinning content in English, linguistics or language will need to complete the following studies:

  1. one or two subjects (depending on focus) of ESL methods for years K to 12 and
  2. one subject of practicum in an ESL setting or
  3. any approved post-graduate program at certificate, diploma or master's degree level with a specialisation in TESOL or in applied linguistics.

The following universities offer approved postgraduate programs in TESOL:

Note: The above list is not exhaustive. New programs offered by other universities may be available.