Certificate IV in English Language Teaching (TESOL)

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Certificate IV in English Language Teaching (TESOL)

Unlock the door to a world of teaching opportunities and global connections with 11021NAT Certificate IV in TESOL - your gateway to English language teaching!

Job prospects

+ English Language Teacher


+ Duration: 26 weeks + 6 weeks summer holiday

+ Work placement: 12 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding (including JobTrainer) is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This program is delivered as blended training delivery.

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Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages teach classes in English to students whose first language is a language other than English.

This program is designed to equip you for paid or volunteer employment in ‘English as a Second Language’ (ESL) teaching positions. It will provide you with a range of knowledge and skills to plan and deliver English lessons, as well as further develop specific competencies in an elective area. With a high focus on practical demonstration of skills, you will be ‘employment ready’ upon your graduation.

  • National Code: 11021NAT

  • Units: 10 units (9 core & 1 elective)

  • Location: This course is primarily conducted at Level 9, 250 Collins St Melbourne

  • This course offers: 26 weeks or 6 months of course delivery, 13 classes held fortnightly of 6 hours, 6 hours per fortnight of optional tutorial sessions, 12 hours mandatory work placement, 30 hours per fortnight of self paced learning

  • Duration: 26 weeks + 4 weeks summer holiday


Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete the course.

With an Australian Bachelor’s degree in any field, Certificate IV TESOL graduates could gain employment at the following institutions:

  • TAFE

  • private English language colleges

  • community and migrant centres

  • universities that offer ELICOS programs


Students who hold this qualification only, could have employment opportunities…

  • in private tutoring, or

  • paid work overseas


MCIE advises students to contact individual institutions for information regarding the qualification requirements for their TESOL teachers.


Employment Snapshot

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.

  • Location: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages work in many regions of Australia.

  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.

  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,402 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.

  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (37%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.

  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).

  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).

  • Gender: 76% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Government funded: $500*

Government concession: $100*

Full fee: $4,500 (online training $1,500)

Textbooks and materials: $275

*This program is delivered to eligible students with government funding.

Student loans and payment plans are available

Achieved a pass level or higher at the completion of Australian senior secondary school (Year 12).

Evidence of having this level of English ability may include:

  • Secondary School transcripts showing the required results in English
  • Completion of a Certificate III or higher level course in the Australian Qualification



  • A pass mark achieved in an English language proficiency test – either a standardized test, or a test
  • Produced specially for this purpose (see English proficiency tests below*)
  • Teachers, trainers, lecturers or other supervisors of education programs confirming English language


Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate IV level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.  You may be also asked to undertake a pre-enrolment task to further assess your suitability for this course.


Age at Commencement
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the program commencement date.


Special Needs
MCIE welcomes people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.


All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities
MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Prior Experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here [https://www.mcie.edu.au/rpl/] for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.


Digital Technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, and the learning management system.


Core Units

NAT11020001 Create a culturally inclusive learning environment

NAT11020009 Teach English using technology

NAT11020002 Use the Genre approach to teach English

NAT11020003 Teach English Grammar

NAT11020006 Teach listening

NAT11020007 Teach reading

NAT11020005 Teach speaking

NAT11020004 Teach spelling and pronunciation

NAT11020008 Teach writing

Elective Units

NAT11021006 Establish community based English classes

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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The reviews

Great English training

February 14, 2022

I was in Linh‘s TESOL class. I have learnt much during this class. I like the way that my teacher taught. She asked me to practice all the time before the real lesson. That helped a lot to understand. After the training, I feel more confident and fluent when I teach English. Highly recommended this organisation.



February 14, 2022

I was in Andrew Waddell’s TESOL class. I have learnt much, not only from the content, but also in how he engages with the students, and the focus on giving us practical experience. The class was a great learning environment, and my classmates were super lovely. I feel equipped to teach English next year and I am very grateful. Highly recommend!!


Cert IV in TESOL

October 13, 2021

You don’t necessarily need to definitively know, where you’re headed or what the end result will be. All you need to know is that you want to start. Start and see where the journey of applying yourself takes you. Cert IV in TESOL has been enriching in many ways. I have learnt from my fellow students and am very grateful for my knowledgeable and encouraging teacher Andrew Waddell. Thank you for your patience, answering my questions and for an insightful, invaluable learning experience.

Nowell Haidar

Best TESOL Training in Australia!!

May 1, 2021

I am so happy with MCIE, my course was such a good experience! I am now qualified to teach English. Highly recommend.


I LOVED studying TESOL !!

May 1, 2021

What a fun course with awesome teachers – highly recommend !!

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