TESL Canada Recognized Teacher Training Programs

 

There are many high-quality TESL training programs across Canada dedicated to preparing prospective English language instructors for the challenges of teaching within Canada and abroad. TESL Canada has developed a recognition system for programs which meet the standards for TESL Canada Recognition. The goal is to ensure that instructors receive the best training so that they are able to provide ESL learners in a wide variety of settings with excellent instruction.

TESL Canada List of Recognized Teacher Training Programs

The guidelines outline the requirements in the categories of facilities, resources, qualifications of personnel, institutional accreditation, program content and assessment processes.

The TESL Canada National Program Recognition Standards represent a teacher-driven initiative to create basic, minimum national standards. Some provinces currently have their own program recognition systems in place, and since national and provincial standards for recognition may differ, potential instructor trainees should consult provincial websites to ensure the TESL Canada list is accepted provincially.

TESL Canada recognition of a teacher training program is based on an evaluation of the program's submitted curriculum, instructional staff, facilities and resources in place to prepare teachers to enter the TESL/TEFL profession. The recognition process does not include an evaluation of a program's business practices. Therefore, TESL Canada recognition does not imply TESL Canada approval or endorsement of a program's business practices. 

For more information on TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Recognition please review the Explanation of Standards and Application Form, as well as the Teacher Training Program Recognition FAQ.

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List of Recognized Programs

The table below lists TESL-recognized training programs.

 

 

 

 

Institution

Program

Level

Expiry Date

Delivery Mode

City

Alberta
         
Bow Valley College  ACE TESOL Certificate

Standard One

December 2022  on-campus Calgary
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers ACE TESOL Certificate Program Standard One December 2019  on-campus Edmonton
Global Village Calgary CELTA Program Standard One August 2023  on-campus Calgary
NorQuest College TESL Certificate Program

Standard One Interim

August 2018  on-campus, online Edmonton
University of Alberta, TESL Diploma Program TESL Diploma Program Standard Two December 2021 on-campus  Edmonton
University of Calgary Continuing Education TESL Certificate Program Level 1-Online and in class or face-to-face Standard One September 2020  on-campus, online Calgary
University of Calgary Continuing Education TESL Certificate Program Level 2-Online and in class or face-to-face Standard Two September 2020  on-campus, online Calgary
Vanguard College TESOL Certificate Program Standard One July 2023 on-campus  Edmonton
British Columbia
         
Burnaby Board of Education TESOL Certificate Standard One June 2021  on-campus Burnaby
College of the Rockies Online Peak TESOL Certificate Standard One April 2021 online Kimberley
D&H College  TESOL 300 Diploma Standard Two Interim March 2019 on-campus New Westminster
Douglas College TESL Certificate Program Standard Two December 2020 on-campus  New Westminster
Global Village Vancouver CELTA Standard One July 2023  on-campus Vancouver
Greystone College of Business and Technology CELTA Program

Standard One Interim

January 2019  on-campus Vancouver
Greystone College of Business and Technology TESL 130 Certificate Standard One August 2018  on-campus Vancouver
Greystone College of Business and Technology TESOL and CELTA Programs Standard Two February 2018  on-campus Vancouver
ILAC International College - Vancouver TESOL Diploma Standard One December 2018
on-campus Vancouver
Inlingua Victoria TESL Teacher Training Program Standard One August 2018 on-campus Victoria
International Career College
CELTA Standard One July 2020 on-campus  Vancouver
International Career College TESL Program Standard One May 2021 on-campus Vancouver
International Career College - International House Delta Program Standard Two Interim December 2018 on-campus Vancouver
ISS Language and Career College of BC TESOL Diploma Program Standard One November 2022 on-campus Vancouver
Selkirk - Castlegar Campus- TESOL Advanced Diploma Standard Two October 2022 on-campus  Castlegar
Sprott Shaw College TESOL Advanced Online Standard One

December 2022

online  Vancouver
Thompson Rivers University TESL Certificate Program Standard One July 2021 on-campus Kamloops
Trinity Western University TESOL Certificate Program Standard Two January 2023
on-campus Langley
University of the Fraser Valley- Abbotsford Campus TESL Certificate Program Standard Two February 2021 on-campus Abbotsford
University of Victoria Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics Standard Two June 2020 on-campus Victoria
University of Victoria Diploma in Applied Linguistics program Standard Two July 2020 on-campus Victoria
Vancouver Career College TESL Diploma Standard Two July 2022 on-campus Vancouver
Vancouver Community College TESOL Certificate Standard One June 2021 on-campus Vancouver
Vancouver Community College TESOL Diploma Program Standard Two June 2021 on-campus Vancouver
Vancouver International College - Career Campus TESOL Advanced Online Program Standard One Interim December 2018 online Vancouver
Vancouver International College - Career Campus
TESOL Advanced Program Standard One June 2021 on-campus  Vancouver
Manitoba
         
Assiniboine Community College Ace TESOL Certificate Standard One November 2020 on-campus Brandon
Providence University College & Seminary TESOL Certificate Standard One June 2021 on-campus Otterburne
Providence University College & Seminary Graduate Certificate of TESOL Standard One June 2021 on-campus Otterburne
Providence University College & Seminary MA TESOL Standard Three June 2021 on-campus Otterburne
University of Manitoba TESL 1 Certifciate Standard One December 2022 on-campus Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg English as an Additional Language Teacher Certificate Program (EALTCP) Standard One January 2023  on-campus Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg Online EAL Teacher Certificate Program Standard One August 2023 online Winnipeg
New Brunswick
         
Crandall University  TESL Certificate Program Standard One February 2023 on-campus Moncton
University of New Brunswick CTESL Program Standard One June 2022 on-campus Fredericton
Nova Scotia
         
Acadia University ACADIA ONLINE TESOL CERTIFICATE Standard One September 2019 online Wolfville
Acadia University TESOL Certificate Program Standard One September 2019 on-campus  Wolfville
East Coast School of Languages ACE TESOL Certificate Standard One May 2023 on-campus Halifax
Ontario
         
Algonquin College Language Institute Certificate in TEFL/TESL Program Standard Two October 2022 on-campus Ottawa
Canadian College of Educators Distance Certificate in TESOL Standard One May 2020 on-campus Mississauga
Canadian College of Educators TESL Diploma Program Standard Two January 2023 on-campus Mississauga
Canada College of Education Toronto Online TESOL program Standard One  February 2020 online Toronto
CCLCS TESL/TEFL Program Part 1 Standard One January 2022 on-campus Toronto
CCLCS TESL/ TEFL Program Part 1&2 Standard Two September 2018 on-campus Toronto
Centennial College- School of Continuing Education TESL Certificate Part 1 Standard One December 2018 on-campus Toronto
Conestoga College TEFL Certificate Program Part 1 Standard One  February 2020 on-campus Kitchener 
Conestoga College  TESL Certificate Program Standard Two  February 2021 on-campus Kitchener 
Coventry House International Trinity Certificate TESOL/ Standard TESOL Certificate Standard One February 2022 on-campus Toronto
EC English Language Centres CELTA Standard One December 2021 on-campus Toronto
Greystone College (ILSC Toronto) CELTA Standard One  February 2020 on-campus Toronto
Greystone College (ILSC Toronto) TESOL 360 Diploma Standard Two January 2018 on-campus Toronto
Hansa College Canada TESL Teacher Training Program Standard One November 2022 on-campus Toronto
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning TESOL Certificate Program Standard One November 2018 on-campus Toronto
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning TESL Postgraduate Certificate Program Standard Two December 2018 on-campus Toronto
ILAC International College- Toronto ILAC TESOL Program Standard One November 2021 on-campus Toronto
Lakehead University TESL Non-Credit Certificate Program Standard One June  2020 on-campus Thunder Bay
London Language Institute  Ace TESOL Certificate Standard One  October 2022  on-campus London 
London Language Institute  ACE TESOL Diploma Level Two  Standard Two  October 2022 on-campus London
Niagara Catholic District School Board Ace TESOL Certificate Standard One December 2018 on-campus Welland
OnTESOL - Coventry House International Online 120-Hour Advanced TESOL Standard One  May 2021 onine Toronto
OnTESOL - Coventry House International Online 250-hour TESOL Diploma Standard Two February 2022 online Toronto
Peel District School Board Ace TESOL Certificate Standard One  October 2022 on-campus Mississauga
Renison College, University of Waterloo Ace TESOL Certificate Standard One  December 2018 on-campus Waterloo
Seneca College ELI TESL 1 Program Standard One December 2022 on-campus Toronto
Seneca College ELI TESL 2 Program Standard Two December 2022 on-campus Toronto
Seneca College Faculty of Continuing Education Part Time TESL Certificate Standard Two September 2022 on-campus Toronto
Sheridan College TESOL Plus Standard Two Interim February 2019 on-campus Oakville
Sol Group of Career Colleges (Formerly International House Sol Group of Schools) CELTA Standard One  November 2020 on-campus Toronto
University of Windsor Ace TESOL Certificate Standard One  December 2018 on-campus Windsor
University of Toronto Woodsworth College TESL Certificate Standard Two June 2022 on-campus Toronto
Upper Madison College of Advanced Language Learning and Skill Development TESL Diploma Program Standard One October 2018 on-campus Toronto
Prince Edward Island
         
Study Abroad Canada Certificate in TESL Program Standard One February 2022 on-campus Charlottetown
Quebec
         
Champlain Regional College Saint-Lambert TESL Certificate

Standard One Interim

February 2019 on-campus Saint-Lambert (Montreal)
ILSC - Montreal CELTA Standard One January 2023 on-campus Montreal
Saskatchewan
         
Briercrest College & Seminary B.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL (After DEGREE) Program Standard Two January 2023 on-campus Caronport
Briercrest College & Seminary B.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL Program Standard Two December 2022 on-campus Caronport
University of Saskatchewan Extended CERTESL Program Standard Two August 2022 on-campus  Saskatoon
University of Saskatchewan - Centre for Continuing and Distance Education Online CERTESL Program Standard One August 2021  online N. Saskatoon
           

Teacher Training Program Recognition FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Recognition

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Policies & Procedures / Reviews & Appeals

Review of Applications

Applications are reviewed by the TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Adjudicator. The Adjudicator shall not have a conflict of interest regarding the application under consideration. Should there be any questions regarding the application, TESL Canada will contact the institution. 

In some cases, a site visit may be required as part of the review process. One week’s notice will be given to programs prior to a site visit. Programs are expected to assist the evaluator through the visit. 

As part of the program adjudication process, the Adjudicator may consult with the TESL Canada Standards Committee, which is appointed by the TESL Canada Board and consists of a minimum of three and a maximum of eight TESL Canada members representing different sectors of TESL.

Review Periods

Applications will be reviewed within eight weeks of receipt of the complete application. Accreditation is valid for five years.

Application Fee

The application fee is $400.00 + $20.00 GST in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Prince Edward Island or the Yukon or $400.00 + $48.00 HST in British Columbia or $400.00 + $52.00 in Ontario, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador or $400 + $60.00 in Nova Scotia. 

The processing fee of $150.00 plus GST/HST is non-refundable if the application is denied. Please note that the annual associate fee of $150.00 + GST/HST, as noted above, must accompany the application. To maintain TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Accreditation status, an annual report fee of $100.00 plus GST/HST plus an annual associate fee of $150.00 + GST/HST need to be received in the TESL Canada office on the anniversary date. 

Confidentiality

All documentation will be kept confidential. Applicants should retain a copy of the completed application, annual reports and other documentation for future reference. 

Awarding of Teacher Training Program Accreditation Certificates 

The applicant will receive a detailed report of the outcome of the application.

Fully recognized programs will receive a TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Certificate of Accreditation and have their names published in the TESL Canada List of Recognized Teacher Training Programs on the TESL Canada website. Institutions with interim status will be listed on the TESL Canada website as such and will receive a TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Certificate of Accreditation once they attain full accreditation. 

Where an application outcome requires only minor revision to meet TESL Canada accreditation, the program will be allowed a period of 6 months to document that all changes have been made. Programs that are unable to document that all changes have been made may be invited to submit a new application after a full year from the original application date. 

Where an application does not meet the requirements for accreditation, the program will receive a letter of explanation and may reapply for accreditation after a full year from the original application date. A new, full application must be submitted to reapply for accreditation from TESL Canada.

Program Appeals

Institutions which do not receive TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Accreditation may appeal to TESL Canada by submitting a letter of appeal along with documentation detailing grounds for appeal. A fee of $100.00 (plus applicable GST/HST) must accompany the letter of appeal. 

The Appeal Committee consists of the TESL Canada President or designate, a TESL Canada member specialized in TESL training appointed by the President, and a TESL Canada member specialized TESL training nominated by the applicant. No Appeal Committee member shall be in a conflict of interest position.  The decision reached by members of this committee is final.

Disclaimer 

The TESL Canada Standards Committee recognizes content of programs based on material submitted by an institutional applicant and is not responsible for the accuracy of the programs’ description.

To be recognized, a TESL training program must meet the program content requirements as well as the practicum requirements.

Individual certification criteria are separate from those of training institutions; for example, an undergraduate degree is a requirement for individuals but not for institutions. Instructor certification application criteria are outlined in detail in the application form.

The following table lists the Canadian, Recognized Master's and Doctoral Level Programs. These programs are eligible for TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard Three.

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