416 289 5000
1-800-268-4419 (in Ontario)

P.O. Box 631 Station A
Toronto, ON, M1K 5E9

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Program Code 7381
Program Name Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Description This graduate certificate program provides the theoretical and practical experience to teach ESL within Canada and abroad. The program meets the requirements for TESL Canada and TESL Ontario certification. The key concepts of the program include: linguistic and pedagogical theory, language teaching methodologies, phonetics and phonology, culture, grammar and reflective practice. Students apply the theory through observations and practice teaching of ESL classes. Graduates of this program can pursue employment inside and outside of Ontario in LINC centres, Boards of Education, private schools, colleges and universities.
Admission Requirements 1. A University degree
2. Non-native speakers of English must have the equivalent of a 250/600 TOEFL score or IELTs 7.5 with no score lower than 7. For other acceptable test scores, please visit
3. All applicants must complete Centennial Colleges supplemental application form
Contact Name Elaine McSorley, Program Officer
Contact Telephone 416-289-5000 ext. 2228
Contact Email

Mandatory Courses

Course Code Course Name
TESL-101 Foundations and Methodology
TESL-102 Linguistics and Pedagogical Grammar
TESL-103 Teaching Skills 1
TESL-104 Practicum
TESL-202 Language and Culture
TESL-204 Assessment and Evaluation in ESL
TESL-205 Teaching Skills2
TESL-208 Practicum 2