Become an ESL teacher

Become an ESL teacher

Become a secondary teacherESL stands for teaching English as a second language. The student population of Australia is growing in diversity, demanding for qualified ESL teachers.

ESL teachers teach school students whose first language is not English. In Australia, these students might be migrants, refugees and children from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Where do ESL teachers work?

Teachers already qualified to teach in primary and high schools can teach English as a second language (ESL) as a specialisation. Others can use the Postgraduate Certificate of TESOL to qualify them to work in TAFE colleges, university language colleges, private language colleges and community centres. Overseas, there are many opportunities in all kinds of English teaching and learning contexts.

Career pathway and courses for TESOL

After you graduate with your Macquarie University Graduate Certificate of TESOL, you can teach in one of the contexts mentioned below. Career pathways include becoming teacher trainers, materials writers, test writers, head teachers, curriculum developers and academic managers. There are many ways that your career can develop once you start to teach English.

  • Teach in a NSW primary or secondary school as an English as a second language (ESL) specialist under the Department of Education and Training (DET).

    Teachers currently qualified to teach in DET schools and who are registered with The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) New South Wales NSW) are able to apply to the Board for their Macquarie University TESOL certificate to be recognised.*

    Note: This program does not lead to teacher registration with the NSW BOSTES. Find out more about how you can become a primary school teacher or become a secondary school teacher.

  • Teach in a primary or secondary school in other states and territories, or New Zealand.

* Teachers accredited at Professional Competence with the BOSTES (NSW) can apply to have postgraduate studies recognised by the Board as contributing to the professional development requirements for maintaining that accreditation.

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