Required Documents

Overview

The TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards are based on level of education, TESL training, teaching experience and positive performance reviews.  The following chart indicates the requirements for each Standard.You can use this chart to determine which standard to apply for based on your TESL training education hours. For detailed information, please see Certification Standards Descriptors.

TESL Canada Certification Standards

 Name of Standard

Requirements

Professional Standard One [Interim]

University degree + 100 hrs. (methodology and theory) and a minimum of 20 hrs. in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum

Professional Standard One [Permanent]

University degree + 100 hrs. (methodology and theory) and a minimum of 20 hrs. in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum + 1000 hrs of teaching experience

Professional Standard Two [Interim]

University degree + 250 hrs (methodology and theory) and a minimum of 20 hrs. in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum

Professional Standard Two [Permanent]

University degree + 250 hrs (methodology and theory) and a minimum of 20 hrs. in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum + 1500 hrs of teaching experience (500 hours maximum in adult ESL/EFL program administration) 

Professional Standard Three [Interim]

Master’s in Applied Linguistics or TESOL and a minimum of 20 hrs in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum

Professional Standard Three [Permanent]

Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics or TESOL and a minimum of 20 hrs in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum or a minimum Professional Standard One [Interim] plus a Master’s degree in a related field + 2000 hrs of adult ESL/EFL teaching experience (1000 hours max. in adult ESL/EFL program administration or adult ESL/EFL teacher training) 

 

TESL Canada Recognized Program

Applicants who have completed programs under the list of TESL Canada recognized list are eligible for applying through the regular application process.

List of recognized TESL Canada Programs

Application Forms

TESL Canada Non-recognized Program

PLAR – Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Applicants whose training was completed at an institution not on our list of recognized teacher training program can apply to TESL Canada for certification. You will not be eligible under our regular certification scheme because your training is not from a recognized program, but will be recommended to PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition). A PLAR adjudicator in TESL Canada will review your experience and training in order to determine equivalency. If they find a component(s) lacking from your portfolio they will recommend the course(s) that will be needed to meet our standards. Once you have been assessed through PLAR you will be granted certification if a) they deem your application is equivalent to our standards, or b) you satisfy the missing components in the prescribed length of time. The cost of the PLAR assessment is CDN $290 plus tax.

PLAR Application Form

CELTA Programs

CELTA

Graduates of The University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from an institution not recognized by TESL Canada are eligible to apply for Certification through the regular application process. An additional administrative fee of CDN $ 100 will be charged in these cases in order for TESL Canada administration to review information regarding the program that would have otherwise been submitted if the program had been through the TESL Canada Teacher Training Program Recognition process. Provided the CELTA Program is assessed at TESL Canada Standards, the applicant will be granted TESL Canada Certification without being referred to PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition).

TESL ON Certificants

TESL Ontario certificants are eligible to apply for TESL Canada Certification through a streamlined process.

If you have a TESL Ontario Certificate of Accreditation and are applying for Professional Standard Two [Interim] our online system will direct you to the correct portion of the application from. This application is subject to a reduced application fee of CDN $45 + HST that will cover the direct costs of the streamlined administrative process.

TESL Ontario certificants who have enough experience to meet the requirements of TESL Canada Standard Two [Permanent] or who have relevant Master’s degrees for Standard Three certification will follow the usual path for permanent or Standard Three certification and pay the full CDN $90 fee. However, their TESL Ontario certificate will be taken as the necessary proof that all essential academic and practicum requirements have been met, thus making the process less complex than it is for those who have not achieved TESL Ontario certified status.

Upgrading to higher standard

Applicants may upgrade to a higher standard by submitting documentation of additional teaching/administration hours education and/or performance reviews.  The non-refundable fee for upgrading is CDN $90 plus tax

Note: This fee is non-refundable and will be processed upon receipt of application.

 

 Documents Required

 

 

One Interim

One Permanent

Two Interim

Two Permanent

Three Interim

Three Permanent

Proof of TESL Canada Membership

Transcript of Bachelor degree from a Canadian University

TESL Program  (Official transcripts/ original certificate required)

   

Transcript of Master in TESL/ Applied Linguistics 

(Canadian University)

       

Proof of Practicum Completion

Applicants who have completed Bachelor or Master degree in TESL or Applied Linguistics will have to provide a letter of practicum completion from the institution/s.

Canadian Equivalency Report

Applicants who have completed bachelor degree outside Canada must provide Canadian equivalency from a credential evaluation service. Please see FAQ # 4 for more details.

English Language Proficiency Score (ELP)

Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree from an University where the language of instruction and administration was not English will have to submit an ELP Score

Proof of Teaching Hours, Section # 2

 

1000 hours

 

1500 hours

 

2000 hours

Positive performance Review

(Sample-Class room Observation Report) 

 

 

 

Positive Performance review,