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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 TESL Certificate Program and the 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 (Level 4 Professional Certification from TESL Canada; former owner of Aurora English in Japan; author of Teaching English: A Practical Guide for Language Teachers) and include academic coursework, practical activities and assignments, and a teaching practicum.

Certificate in TESL

Entrance requirements:

Applicants 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 or higher (with a minimum score of 7 in each skill area) on the IELTS (Academic); a score of 101 (with minimum scores of 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in speaking, and 27 in writing) on the TOEFL-IBT; graduation from a high school in Canada, including three or more years of study and a minimum score of 70% in Grade 12 English; or completion of an undergraduate degree from a university where English is the language of instruction and administration.

Course requirements:

  • ED3123 (Teaching English Language I) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3133 (Teaching English Language II) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3120 (TESL Practicum) with a final grade of Pass

Note: Students who complete these requirements as well as LI2013 (Linguistics I) and LI2023 (Linguistics II), with a grade of B- or higher in each, are eligible to receive the Advanced Certificate in TESL from Crandall University.

Certificate in TEFL

Entrance requirements:

Applicants 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 meet the language proficiency requirements for entrance to B.A. programs at Crandall University. (See the University Calendar for details.)

Course requirements:

  • ED3123 (Teaching English Language I) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3133 (Teaching English Language II) with a final grade of B- or higher
  • ED3130 (TEFL Practicum) with a final grade of Pass

How to Apply

Students who meet the relevant prerequisites (see above) and wish to pursue a certificate in TESL or TEFL should sign up for ED3123 in the fall semester and ED3133 in the winter semester. Upon successful completion of both ED3123 and ED3133, students should contact the program director for practicum details.

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