Teaching English as a Second Language

Credential Certificate
Tuition Per course
Duration  1 - 3 years
Intakes Continuous
Campus Abbotsford campus
Format Face-to-face
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.


Entrance Requirements:

For admission to the TESL certificate program, and before registering in TESL 300, TESL 310 and TESL 333, students must have completed either a bachelor's degree or 60 credits at UFV or equivalent at a recognized post-secondary institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher.

Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

Program outline

Course Title Credits
LING 101 Introduction to Language 3
LING 202 Language Acquisition 3
ENGL 105-170 Two 100-level English courses 6
ENGL 209 The Structure of the English Language 3
TESL 300 Foundations of Teaching ESL 4
TESL 310 Methodology in Teaching ESL 4
TESL 333 Teaching ESL Practicum 3
Elective Approved course in culture and communication
(Approved course list 1)
Elective Approved course in language and education
(Approved course list 2)
Total   32

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.

List 1

  • 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

List 2

  • 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

Program Pathways beginning Fall 2017

Option 1:

1. Students who have completed TESL 300, TESL 310, and TESL 333 will have these courses recognized as TESL 400, TESL 410,     and TESL 433 in the new program.
2. Starting September 2017, TESL 433 Second Language Practicum now requires 50 practicum hours. Any CE TESL program        student who has not completed TESL 333 by September 2017 will be required to meet the requirements of TESL 433.
3. Students in the CE TESL program can choose to continue to meet all the requirements of that program (completion of 10    courses) OR choose

Option 2:

1. Re-enter the new TESL program and complete 5 courses with the understanding any already completed 300 level TESL courses will be considered as equivalent to the new 400 level TESL courses. TESL 300 = TESL 400, TESL 310 = TESL 410, and TESL 333 = TESL 433.

As of the fall 2017 applicants will be accepted once a year- Fall semester but with an extended deadline for applications

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.

TESL students working towards their designation can take ADED 408 - Assessing Adult Learning as an elective option. Taking this course sets you apart from the rest, as assessment skills are highly marketable for instructors teaching English as a Second Language.

In addition to the TESL certificate, students can also earn the Workplace Education certificate (WEC) within the Adult Education program. The course content within the WEC directly aligns with the learning objectives in the TESL program. For more information: http://www.ufv.ca/adult-education/



updated March 2017

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