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

 Current Status

City

Alberta
         
Bow Valley College  ACE TESOL Certificate

Std 1

December 2022   Calgary
Global Village Calgary CELTA Program Std 1 December 2022   Calgary
University of Calgary Continuing Education TESL Certificate Program Level 1-Online Std 1 September 2020   Calgary
University of Calgary Continuing Education TESL Certificate Program Level 2-Online Std 2 August 2018   Calgary
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers ACE TESOL Certificate Program Std 1 December 2019   Edmonton
University of Alberta, TESL Diploma Program TESL Diploma Program Std 2 December 2021 Edmonton
NorQuest College TESL Certificate Program

Std 1 Interim

August 2018   Edmonton
Vanguard College TESOL Certificate Program Std 1 July 2023   Edmonton
British Columbia
         
University of the Fraser Valley- Abbotsford Campus TESL Certificate Program Std 2 February 2021 Abbotsford
Burnaby Board of Education TESOL Certificate Std 1 June 2021   Burnaby
Selkirk - Castlegar Campus- TESOL Advanced Diploma Std 2 October 2022   Castlegar
Thompson Rivers University TESL Certificate Program Std 1 July 2021   Kamloops
College of the Rockies Online Peak TESOL Certificate Std 1 April 2021   Kimberley
College of the Rockies Peak TESOL Certificate Std 1 April 2021   Kimberley
Trinity Western University TESOL Certificate Program Std 2 June 2022
  Langley
D&H College  TESOL 300 Diploma Std 2 Interim March 2019   New Westminster
Douglas College TESL Certificate Program Std 2 December 2020   New Westminster
Global Village Vancouver CELTA Std 1 August 2018   Vancouver
Greystone College of Business and Technology TESL 130 Certificate Std 1 August 2018   Vancouver
Greystone College of Business and Technology TESOL Program Std 2 February 2018   Vancouver
Greystone College of Business and Technology CELTA

Std 1 Interim

January 2019   Vancouver
ILAC International College - Vancouver TESOL Diploma Std 1 December 2018
  Vancouver
International Career College
CELTA Std 1 July 2020   Vancouver
International Career College TESL Program Std 1 May 2021   Vancouver
International Career College Delta Program Std 2 Interim December 2018   Vancouver
ISS of BC Language College TESOL Diploma Program Std 1 November 2022   Vancouver
Vancouver International College - Career Campus
TESOL Advanced Program Std 1 June 2021   Vancouver
Vancouver International College - Career Campus TESOL Advanced Online Program Std 1 Interim December 2018   Vancouver
Upper Career College of Business and Tech,BC TESL Certificate Program Std 1 August 2020   Vancouver
Vancouver Community College TESOL Certificate Std 1 June 2021   Vancouver
Vancouver Community College TESOL Diploma Program Std 2 June 2021   Vancouver
Vancouver Career College TESL Diploma Std 2 July 2022   Vancouver
Inlingua Victoria TESL Teacher Training Program Std 1 August 2018   Victoria
Sprott Shaw College TESOL Advanced Std 1 December 2022   Vancouver
Sprott Shaw College TESOL Advanced Online Std 1

December 2022

  Vancouver
University of Victoria Bachelor of Arts & Applied Linguistics Std 2 July 2020   Victoria
University of Victoria Diploma in Applied Linguistics program Std 2 July 2020   Victoria
Manitoba
         
Assiniboine Community College Ace TESOL Certificate Std 1 November 2020   Brandon
Providence University College & Seminary TESOL Certificate Std 1 June 2021   Otterburne
Providence University College & Seminary Graduate Certificate of TESOL Std 1 June 2021   Otterburne
Providence University College & Seminary MA TESOL Std 3 June 2021   Otterburne
Providence University College & Seminary MA TTESOL Std 3 June 2021   Otterburne
University of Manitoba TESL 1 Certifciate Std 1 December 2022   Winnipeg
University of Manitoba TESL 2 Certificate Std 2 December 2022   Winnipeg
University of Manitoba CTESL Std 1 December 2022   Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg ESL Teacher Certificate Program Std 1 January 2023   Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg ESL Teacher Certificate Online Program Std 1 December 2018   Winnipeg
New Brunswick
         
University of New Brunswick CTESL Program Std 1 June 2023   Fredericton
Crandall University  TESL Certificate Program Std 1 February 2023   Moncton
Nova Scotia
         
Acadia University ACADIA ONLINE TESOL CERTIFICATE Std 1 September 2019   Wolfville
Acadia University TESOL Certificate Program Std 1 September 2019   Wolfville
East Coast School of Languages ACE TESOL Certificate Std 1 May 2023   Halifax
Ontario
         
Conestoga College TEFL Certificate Program Part 1 Std 1  February 2020   Kitchener 
Conestoga College  TESL Certificate Program Std 2  February 2021   Kitchener 
London Language Institute  Ace TESOL Certificate Std 1  October 2022    London 
London Language Institute  ACE TESOL Diploma Level Two  Std 2  October 2022 London
Canadian College of Educators TESL Diploma Program Std 2 January 2023   Mississauga
Canadian College of Educators Distance Certificate in TESOL Std 1 May 2020   Mississauga
Peel District School Board Ace TESOL Certificate Std1  October 2022   Mississauga
Algonquin College Language Institute Certificate in TEFL/TESL Program Std 2 October 2022   Ottawa
Lakehead University TESL Non-Credit Certificate Program Std 1 June  2020   Thunder Bay
Canada College of Education Toronto Distance 120 TESL Program Std 1  February 2020   Toronto
CCLCS TESL/TEFL Program Part 1 Std 1 January 2022   Toronto
CCLCS TESL/ TEFL Program Part 1&2 Std 2 September 2018   Toronto
Centennial College- School of Continuing Education Certificate of Achievement in TESL- Part1 Std 1 December 2018   Toronto
OnTESOL - Coventry House International Online 120-Hour Advanced TESOL Std1  May 2021   Toronto
OnTESOL - Coventry House International Online 250-hour TESOL Diploma Std 2 February 2022   Toronto
Coventry House International Trinity Certificate TESOL/ Standard TESOL Certificate Std 1 February 2022   Toronto
Greystone College (ILSC Toronto) CELTA Std 1  February 2020   Toronto
Greystone College (ILSC Toronto) TESOL 360 Diploma Std 2 January 2018   Toronto
Hansa College Canada TESL Teacher Training Program Std 1 November 2022   Toronto
Humber College Institute of Tech. & Advanced Learning TESL Postgraduate Certificate Program Std 2 December 2018   Toronto
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning TESOL Certificate Program Std 1 November 2018   Toronto
LSC Language Studies Canada CELTA Std 1 December 2021   Toronto
Northern Lights Training College International TESL Diploma Program Std 1 January 2021   Toronto
Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology TESL Diploma

Std 2 Interim

January 2019    
Seneca College ELI TESL 1 Program Std 1 December 2022   Toronto
Seneca College ELI TESL 2 Program Std 2 December 2022   Toronto
Seneca College Faculty of Continuing Education Part Time TESL Certificate Std 2 September 2022   Toronto
Sol Group of Career Colleges (Formerly International House Sol Group of Schools) CELTA Std 1  November 2020   Toronto
Sheridan College TESOL Plus Std 2 Interim February 2019   Oakville
University of Toronto, Prof. & Int. Progs TESL Certificate Program Std 2 June 2022   Toronto
Upper Career College of Business and Tech, ON TESL Certificate Std 1 November 2020   Toronto
ILAC International College- Toronto ILAC TESOL Program Std 1 November 2021   Toronto
Renison College, University of Waterloo Ace TESOL Certificate Std 1  December 2018   Waterloo
Niagara Catholic District School Board Ace TESOL Certificate Std 1 December 2018   Welland
University of Windsor Ace TESOL Certificate Std 1  December 2018   Windsor
Prince Edward Island
         
Study Abroad Canada Certificate in TESL Program Std 1 February 2022   Charlottetown
Quebec
         
Champlain Regional College Saint-Lambert TESL Certificate

Std 1 Interim

February 2019   Saint-Lambert (Montreal)
ILSC - Montreal CELTA Std 1 January 2023 Montreal
Saskatchewan
         
Briercrest College & Seminary B.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL (After DEGREE) Program Std 2 January 2023    Caronport
Briercrest College & Seminary B.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL Program Std 2 December 2022    Caronport
University of Saskatchewan Extended CERTESL Program Std 2 August 2022   Saskatoon
University of Saskatchewan - Centre for Continuing and Distance Education Online CERTESL Program Std 1 August 2021   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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