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You are an international student whether you are within or outside Australia and you do not meet the domestic student criteria.

This program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa to undertake this program.

About the program

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) provides initial training for teachers of English as a second language. It provides the basis for language teaching methodology and its practical applications. Students are required to complete at least 100 hours’ theory and at least 6 hours’ supervised classroom teaching. This program is not available for international student visa holders in Australia

Duration1 semester (4 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2019
  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
Program typePostgraduate Certificate
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-23099
CRICOS codeThis program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Successful completion of the course qualifies you to teach in an Australian ELICOS institute providing you hold a recognised degree or equivalent. You will also be qualified to teach in many other countries. For more details about requirements of teacher qualifications in Australia, visit the National ELT Accreditation Scheme website. visit the National ELT Accreditation Scheme website.

View the Graduate Certificate in TESOL(Online) - Program Structure and Sequencing

Students must complete the following three (3) subjects:

Plus one of the following subjects dependent on commencement of the program and subject availability:

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

The below fees are based on the total cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.:

  • 2019 fees: $9,560
  • 2020 fees: $10,040

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other living costs to consider.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent at an approved institution. 

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

The Bond TESOL Difference

Our TESOL programs offer something different. Hear from our TESOL students, staff and graduates as to what they believe makes our program unique



I am currently completing a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (online). I decided to study at Bond University after I researched a number of different universities, some local but most online for the TESOL course. Initially I was uncertain of how to proceed and who to speak to. Bond University put me in contact with a Manager of Schools and Community (MSC). I spoke to the representative and instantly my application became personal. The MSC lead me throughout the entire process, including applying for financial help and deferring a semester. It was the kind of assistance I needed and really appreciated with full time work and also being a full time mum. The MSC responded to all my emails and calls and never made me feel like I was asking the wrong questions or I was a bother. I kept in contact with the MSC for at least 3 weeks into my course and they were my crutch that I leaned on until I was able to take off on my own.

What I liked about studying at Bond was the support provided by all the staff. I have been in contact with the Student Business Centre, the Librarians and of course the Academics, and everyone goes above and beyond to accommodate my needs. It is a very personal experience. I feel like the entire university is in my corner, backing me and wanting me to succeed. It is a very empowering feeling. As a result, my motivation not only to complete the course but to do well is intense.

I am completing my course online, so my experiences will differ from those who are physically there. And I wouldn’t change a thing. The content within each subject is difficult but achievable. Every week we have videos to watch and activities to complete and the feedback is instant. They are delivered similarly so we know what to expect. Then once a week we have online lectures using Blackboard Collaborate. These lectures are interactive and informative but so much more. The lecturers have managed to connect the class together so that we are not isolated. We have formed a close bond and friendly relationships from all over Australia and the wider world. We are a community of learners that inspire one another and cheer for each other’s successes, all from the comfort of our own homes. At Bond University, it is understood that we are more than just students and we have a life beyond that of the virtual classroom. This is commended and in most lessons, even celebrated. The method in which these lessons are completed and the humour within each lesson makes you keep coming back for more.

I currently work for the Department of Education as a EAL/D Specialist. My responsibilities include teaching students who have come from another country and do not speak English. The Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) has provided the background knowledge to completing my job accurately. I am able to reflect on my practices and make necessary changes that will benefit the learners. Bond University has empowered me to become more confident in my position.

The difference between Bond and other universities is that, Bond accepts individual differences and prepares you for the real world that is not independent from everything that is happening in your life. Bond ensures the education of the whole person, not just the student and provides support for success which is not found in any other university.

I would certainly recommend Bond! I am considering completing my Master in TESOL at Bond for all the experiences listed above. I feel Bond have a vested interest in my learning, reflecting the motivations I have in my own success. I would never consider being anywhere else. I highly would recommend studying at Bond for everyone, young or old. This is my university and I feel very passionate about what we are able to achieve together. At Bond it is more than just a degree, it is a way to the future.

I am an Australian living and working in the United States. Bond University’s Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) was a perfect learning tool for me to earn the extra credits that l needed to teach ESL at an undergraduate level. As an ESL adjunct faculty member of the Henry Ford College, Michigan, I needed a fast and convenient graduate TESOL program that had flexibility to blend in with my current teaching schedule. The Student Business Centre and Admissions at Bond University was accommodating and welcoming, and so were the Academic staff! They have simply reinvented Blackboard with their user friendly platform that was far more superior than any of the Long Distance Management systems that l had been accustomed to using in the USA.

The creative use of PowerPoint and weekly Quizlets were fun and engaging and they have inspired me to rethink and boost my current pedagogical practices to use more gaming and web based resources in my teaching tool box. The Academics would collaborate with me outside of their Queensland time schedule to make me feel part of the community across the Pacific Ocean. To that end, they have inspired me to develop my own blended ESL classes for my ELL students in the future. Thank you so much for everything, Bond. This would not have been reality without your help.

I chose to study a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) as I wanted to upgrade my qualification, therefore, I researched several education providers before enrolling. I found that Bond University offered units which were of my interest, I also wanted to spend my spare time enjoying my studies.

The best thing about Bond was the ‘human touch’. I was treated as a person and not a number. I was able to speak to different people and have my questions answered in the most professional manner. I found the online experience of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Online) amazing! It is very user friendly, everything is very well organised and easy to find. The Academics are an inspiration, they make you feel so welcome and make the collaborative experiences educational and fun!  Their enthusiasm is contagious and I am sure they are the reason why most of us will continue to study at Bond. I would certainly recommend Bond. Even though you are an online student, you will feel you are part of a community of teachers, staff and students who will support you.

* Photo: Isabel receiving the 2016 Australian Training Awards' Excellence in Language and Numeracy Practice. 

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