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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

Developed specifically for Indigenous Australian participants, the Master of Indigenous Languages Education is designed to improve your knowledge of Indigenous Australian languages and enhance your employability in the field.

The program delivers a broad knowledge of the linguistic features of Indigenous Australian languages as well as covering theories of language acquisition and learning. It integrates and applies the areas of linguistics, language education theory and practice to Indigenous Australian languages. You do not need to be fluent in an Indigenous Australian language to enter the program.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. As this program is specifically for Indigenous Australians, applicants are required to provide confirmation that they are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity. This confirmation can be in the form of a letter of identity from your local Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Medical Service, or other official Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation. If you cannot provide a letter from any of these organisations, you will need to provide a statutory declaration confirming your Aboriginality. You will need to provide your confirmation document with your application.

Closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible as offers are made on a rolling basis.

Starting date

All units of study are delivered in block mode. You are required to attend classes at the Camperdown campus for six one-week blocks each year with the remaining study taken at home.

Semester 1 

Block 1: Sun 16 – Sat 22 January 2022
Block 2: Sun 27 February – Fri 4 March 2022
Block 3: Tues 19 – Sat 23 April 2022

Semester 2 

Block 4: Mon 11 – Fri 15 July 2022
Block 5: Mon 15 – Fri 19 August 2022
Block 6: Tues 4 – Sat 8 October 2022

Not available to international students.

Starting date

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Indigenous Languages Education you must complete 8 units of study (48 credit points) which are delivered in block mode in three separate intensive weeks each semester.

In Semester 1 all students complete core units of study in sounds and writing, words and meanings, sentences and texts, and theories and methods in Indigenous language learning (24cp total).

In Semester 2 you will complete compulsory units of study in research methods, curriculum development, and the use of technology in language learning. You must also select one elective unit of study which may include an approved research project, or the opportunity to undertaken study in an Indigenous language as part of an an accredited external language teaching program.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

The capstone experience is completed in the last semester of the award course. It provides you with an opportunity to integrate ideas and understandings drawn from units of study taken in the course by conducting a research project based in your own teaching of Indigenous languages in a school, TAFE, university, language centre or similar setting. You may also choose to learn an Indigenous language outside the Masters program.

Admission requirement

The course is open to Indigenous Australians only.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Indigenous Languages Education must hold:

  • a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a Bachelor's degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney.
  • at least one year of relevant professional experience in education.

Professional accreditation

The Department of Education acknowledges the availability of the Master of Indigenous Languages Education offered at the University of Sydney and accepts this program as providing appropriate training for qualified Aboriginal teachers seeking additional approval to teach an Aboriginal language.

The Master of Indigenous Languages Education does not substitute for a standard teaching qualification but does provide professional development for teachers in Indigenous Languages Education, and training for others to assist teachers or work in community education in Indigenous Australian languages. If you wish to be employed as a teacher in a school you will still need to complete a standard teaching qualification for your state or territory.

Career Pathways

The course equips Indigenous educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively implement the NSW Aboriginal Languages Syllabus from Kindergarten to Year 10, and syllabi from other states and territories.

Graduates may fufill a variety of roles in Indigenous languages education contexts and languages revitalisation generally.

Future study options

Students undertaking the Master of Indigenous Languages Education may proceed to enrollment in a postgraduate research degree in education on the basis of exemplary results in their studies.

Domestic students

International students

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