Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
This program is certified (accredited) by TESL Ontario.
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
In response to this demand for accredited English language teachers, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, Keele campus, offers a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
As the world becomes increasingly internationalized, the need for facility in English is growing. One result of this growth is an increase in the demand for qualified ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/ English as a Foreign Language) teachers. The demand is apparent both overseas and here in Canada. Job postings now frequently specify that applicants must have a TESL or TESOL Certificate from a certified (accredited) institution.
In response to this demand for accredited English language teachers, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at York University, Keele Campus, offers a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
York University students may earn a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. To qualify for admission to the Certificate in TESOL, students must have successfully completed at least 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 4.00 (C). The certificate is also open to students who have been granted a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 4.00 (C) or equivalent. All applicants will be required to submit a supplementary application, which will include a statement of purpose.
Students may begin the program in either May or September. The application deadline for May entry is March 1 and the application deadline for September entry is May 1. Late applications for either entry will be considered, but space may be limited. Those entering in May could potentially complete certificate requirements in one calendar year. Those entering in September require at least two years to complete certificate requirements.
Continuing students may complete the supplementary application online found on the TESOL website. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree should apply through the Office of Admissions as well as completing a supplementary application.
As there are a limited number of spaces available in the certificate in TESOL, meeting the minimum requirements for application will not guarantee admission to the certificate program.
Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.