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 Ontario college graduate certificate program provides the theoretical and practical experience to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in Canada and abroad. Course content includes language teaching, learning, pedagogical theories and methodologies, grammar, phonetics and phonology, lesson planning skills, language and culture, assessment, and evaluation. Theory is applied through observations and practice teaching of ESL classes. This program meets the requirements for TESL Canada and TESL Ontario certification. Upon graduation, employment may be pursued in private schools, adult education, school boards, Languages for Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Centres, colleges, and universities. All courses are taught online with exception of the practicums.
Admission Requirements Required Courses:

TESL202 - Language and Culture (33 hours)
TESL204 - Assessment and Evaluation (33 hours)
TESL205 - Teaching Skills 2 (60 hours)
TESL208 - Practicum 2 (33 hours)

Total Hours for TESL 7381 - 159 hours


Completion of TESL 7380 courses (TESL 101, 102, 103, 104) or equivalent if courses are successfully completed at an accredited institution.

Admission Requirements:

1. A University degree;
2. Non-native speakers of English must have the equivalent of IELTS Academic (Overall 7 with a minimum of 7 in each learning skill) or TOEFL-iBT (Overall 101 with a minimum score of 24 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and 27 in Writing). For other acceptable test scores, please visit
3. All applicants must complete the Centennial College TESL Application Form and TESL Program Accreditation Waiver.

Notes For a TESL Information Package; including our TESL Application Form and TESL Program Accreditation Waiver, please email Elaine McSorley at

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