Teaching English as a Second Language
|| 1 - 3 years
|Days & Times
||Evening - UFV Academic Timetable
The TESL certificate program prepares students for careers as teachers of English to speakers of other languages. Completion of the certificate program qualifies graduates for Level I certification from TESL Canada, the national organization of TESL professionals in Canada.
There are many opportunities to work in this rapidly growing educational field. The TESL certificate prepares students for the real world of teaching, because it offers a useful combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. Students will be taught up-to-date techniques and proven educational principles by qualified professionals. Students will also be given valuable in-class practice teaching experience.
The TESL certificate program can be taken either after completion of a bachelor’s degree program, or while completing one. If you plan to do a degree and a certificate simultaneously, you should consult with an educational advisor to ensure that you choose and schedule your courses appropriately.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
If you are currently enrolled at UFV, there is no formal application process required. You must submit your graduation request form for the TESL certificate upon successful completion of the program requirements and at the same time as you submit your graduation request for your degree.
||Introduction to Language
||Two 100-level English courses
||The Structure of the English Language
||Foundations of Teaching ESL
||Methodology in Teaching ESL
||Teaching ESL Practicum
||Approved course in culture and communication
(Approved course list 1)
||Approved course in language and education
(Approved course list 2)
You must also take two of the following approved courses to complete your TESL certificate. The courses in category one provide breadth in culture and communication. The courses in category two provide breadth in language and education.
- Anthropology: 102, 130, 220, 490
- Communications: 235, 345, 385
- Criminology: 211, 311, 411
- Child and Youth Care: 260, 360, 490
- Economics: 352
- English: 210, 214, 227, 245, 370, 371, 372, 374, 375, 376, 379, 490
- Geography: 140, 443
- History: 115, 235, 236, 261, 262, 385, 489, 490, 499
- Kinesiology and Physical Education: 170, 268, 400
- Latin American Studies: 100, 102, 200, 312, 402, 498
- Media and Communication Studies: 110, 210, 212, 490
- Philosophy: 220, 362, 364, 490, 491
- Political Science: 190, 195, 230
- Psychology: 250, 303, 325, 351, 367, 491, 493A, 493B
- Religious Studies: 202
- Social Cultural and Media Studies: 310, 363, 388, 463, 470
- Sociology: 250, 333, 450, 490
- Any related course with approval of TESL coordinator
- Any ADED (Adult Education) course
- Any EDUC (Education) course
- Any ESL (English as a Second Language) course (must be
- a qualified ESL student)
- Any MOLA (Modern Languages) course
- Any SLA (Speech and Language Assistant) course
- Any TEP (Teacher Education Program) course
- Any CYC (Child and Youth Care) course
- Any ECE (Early Childhood Education) course
- Any TESL course, for example TESL 302, TESL 303, TESL 304, TESL 305, TESL 311, not previously listed in the certificate program.
- Any related course with approval of Continuing Education Director
Once you have completed the program, you will then be eligible for TESL Canada certification. You are responsible for applying to TESL Canada for your certification.
updated July 14, 2014