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Education - Certificates in Teaching English Language (TESL, TEFL)

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Beginning September 2023, courses for Crandall’s Certificates in TESL and TEFL will be offered online

As Canadians become more mobile than ever before, and as Canada becomes home to more people from around the world, teaching English language has become a popular career both in Canada and abroad, and the demand for high quality, well-trained instructors continues to grow.

Crandall University has responded to this demand by creating the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate Program and the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program, both designed to train future ESL/EFL teachers by introducing them to the theory, methodology, and practical skills they will need in the classroom.

The TESL Certificate Program at Crandall is recognized by TESL CANADA as meeting the requirements for Professional Certificate Standard One and is recommended for those who are planning to teach English language at a recognized institution in Canada. It includes 150 hours of instruction and 25 hours of supervised practicum under conditions set by TESL CANADA.

The TEFL Certificate Program offers the same high quality instruction but with a more flexible practicum. It is frequently chosen by those who plan to teach overseas.

Both programs are designed and taught by Graeme Ching (BA, MA, Level 4 Professional Certification from TESL Canada; former owner of Aurora English in Japan; author of Teaching English: A Practical Guide for Language Teachers [Canadian Scholars, 2019]) and include academic coursework, practical activities and assignments, and a teaching practicum.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants for the Certificate in TESL or Certificate in TEFL must have completed a minimum of 30 credit-hours at the university level (60 credit hours is strongly recommended), including at least 6 credit hours of English, or have permission from the registrar.

Furthermore, students who are not native speakers of English must provide official documentation attesting to one of the following: a score of 7.0 or higher (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each skill area) on the IELTS (Academic); a score of 95 (with minimum scores of 23 in each area) on the TOEFL-iBT; or completion of at least three years of university study where English is the language of instruction.

Note also that students seeking Professional Certification from TESL Canada must meet all requirements set by TESL Canada, including language proficiency requirements, which may differ from those stated here, and an undergraduate degree. Please visit the TESL Canada website for more details.

Certificate Requirements

Each certificate requires completion of two academic courses (6 credit hours in total) and one practicum (25 classroom hours), as follows:

Certificate in TESL

  • ED3123 (Teaching Language: Methods and Management) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3133 (Teaching Language Skills and Systems) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3120 (TESL Practicum) with a final grade of Pass

Certificate in TEFL

  • ED3123 (Teaching Language: Methods and Management) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3133 (Teaching Language Skills and Systems) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3130 (TESL Practicum) with a final grade of Pass

Course Availability

  • ED3123 (Teaching Language: Methods and Management) is an online course offered every fall semester (Sept-Dec). It includes both self-study and online classes with the instructor. (Credit hours: 3)
  • ED3133 (Teaching Language Skills and Systems) is an online course offered every winter semester (Jan-Apr). It includes both self-study and online classes with the instructor. (Credit hours: 3)
  • ED3120 (TESL Practicum) is offered in Moncton, NB, by appointment. (Students from other parts of Canada may be able to complete their practicum at another institution approved by TESL Canada.)
  • ED3133 (TEFL Practicum) may be completed in any ESL classes (at any location) approved by the program director.
  • While ED3120 and ED3130 are required for their respective certificates, they are non-credit for degree purposes.
  • For information on tuition (for courses and practicum), fees, and related financial policies, please see Tuition and Fees

How to Apply

  • Current students at Crandall University should check with their advisor to ensure they meet the Entrance Requirements stated above, then sign up for ED3123 (fall semester) and ED3133 (winter semester), in either order.
  • Applicants who are not currently students at Crandall University should contact Admissions and be ready to provide evidence that they meet the Entrance Requirements stated above.
  • All students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree: please see the Letter to Students Who Have Not Completed an Undergraduate Degree.

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