Graduate Teachers Program

A great way to start your teaching career!

AMES Australia has been teaching English to migrants and refugees for over 60 years and provides an interesting and stimulating environment for TESOL graduates in their first year of teaching.

We provide English language tuition to about 15,000 students each year aged from 15 to 80!

What does the AMES Australia Graduate Teachers Program offer?

Our program is designed to introduce new graduates to a broad range of teaching experiences which include:

  • Teaching students in the classroom as well as online
  • The opportunity to teach in a number of AMES Australia 9 locations
  • Experience with different program types such as the Adult Migrant Education Program, Foundation Skills and Vocational Education and Training.

Our teaching programs are enhanced by well-resourced research and extensive curriculum support.

AMES Australia will also organise mentoring by experienced TESOL practitioners and provide access to professional development opportunities.

How long is the AMES Australia Graduate Teachers Program?

AMES Australia offers a number of full-time contracts to TESOL graduates annually. Contracts are awarded for a minimum of 12 months.
At the end of the contract period, teachers will have proven experience and skills and can apply for further teaching contracts or seek a permanent position at AMES Australia.

Are you eligible?

The following qualifications (preferably received within the last 12 months) are required by applicants:

A Bachelor of Education with a TESOL major or equivalent which includes a practicum.


A recognised Bachelor Degree - a formal qualification awarded by an Australian university or tertiary institution, or its onshore or overseas equivalent that is at least three years full-time in length or its part-time equivalent and a recognised postgraduate TESOL qualification - resulting from a course of study in which course content of no less than 100 contact hours (or distance learning equivalent) covers the grammar of the English language, language learning and TESOL methodology and includes a practicum.

Note: The practicum must be at least 60 hours which includes, for example, supervised teaching, observation, field visits, resources evaluation, team teaching, volunteer tutoring etc.

If a course undertaken has less than 60 hours practicum, teachers must demonstrate teaching experience equivalent to 60 hours, or must make up the difference in duration by individually organising a supervised practicum. Appropriate documentation of such a practicum should be kept.

The following are a list of Victorian postgraduate TESOL qualifications that may satisfy the above requirements. Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the course meets NEAS and NSSC standards.

Vocational Graduate Certificate in TESOL - Holmesglen
Graduate Diploma in TESOL - La Trobe University
Postgraduate Diploma in Education (TESOL) - Monash University
Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL - University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in TESOL - Victoria University


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

Register your interest now!

Call 13 AMES (2637) or email to register your interest

The Program has intakes once a year in February to coincide with the start of a new Semester.

When the Program is open for applications the details can be found under Vacancies.

Other Teaching Opportunities at AMES Australia

Teaching Practicum

If you are a student teacher, then you may like to take the opportunity to complete a teaching practicum at AMES during your TESOL course.
Choosing to do you practicum at AMES Australia is a good way to learn more about AMES Australia and get some valuable experience during your placement.

A practicum can be arranged through your university TESOL faculty or by emailing AMES Australia at

Casual Teaching Positions

AMES employs a number of teachers on a casual basis. Email if you wish to register for a casual teaching position.

Volunteer Tutor Program

Volunteer tutors help newly arrived migrants and refugees to learn English, make links to the community and get a better understanding of life in Australia.

Find out more about the Volunteer Tutor Program.