Canada & Ontario TESL DIPLOMA

Teacher of English as a Second Language Certification Program Recognized by both TESL Canada and TESL Ontario for provincial and national TESL Certification

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Next full-time TESL Diploma program begins Sept. 12th, 2016. Next part-time TESL Diploma program begins Sept. 19th, 2016. Now accepting applications.

This 300+ hour TESL DIPLOMA program is for those seeking post-secondary government approved and professionally accredited teacher training and certification to teach English as a second language in Ontario, other parts of Canada, or abroad.

Academic Credential Issued Upon Completion: Post-Secondary (Diploma)
Government approved by: Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Professionally Accredited by: TESL Ontario and TESL Canada


Upon completion of this program graduates will have met the recognized TESL training requirement to receive:
• College Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language
• TESL Ontario Accredited Language Instructor Certificate
• TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard Two.
For TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One please see our 125-hour TESOL Certificate program.



TESL Diploma Program Outline:

Theoretical Issues – 20 hours

Foundations in Linguistics – 40 hours

Linguistic Systems – 40 hours

Foundations in TESL Methodology – 80 hours

Teaching the skills – 80 hours

Assessment – 20 hours

Practicum – 20 hours (TESL Canada) / +30 hours (TESL Ontario)


Course Descriptions:


Theoretical Issues – 20 hours
This course promotes cultural awareness by exploring issues that ESL teachers may encounter or need to address in the classroom. Topics include: multi-culturalism in Canada, language and identity, integrating into Canadian society, naturally-determined life styles and learning styles, stages of culture shock, stereotypes, acculturation, anti-racist education, culture in the classroom, race relations and immigration policy.


Foundations in Linguistics – 40 hours
This course introduces the fundamentals of historical linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics and examines how these relate to TESL. Topics include: history and nature of language, major models of linguistic description, psychology of language, language and the brain, competence and performance, formal language versus unconscious language learning, comparing and contrasting first and second language acquisition, influence of first language on English language acquisition, learning strategies and styles, factors affecting language learning, the adult learner versus the child learner.


Linguistic Systems – 40 hours
This course examines the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the English language. Topics include: the English sound system, the English spelling system, description of English consonants and vowels, the phonetic alphabet, the anatomy and physiology of speech production, place and manner of articulation, units of speech, stress, rhythm, intonation, morphemes, complex words, word formation, case marking, word order, and foundations in pedagogical grammar.


Foundations in TESL Methodology – 80 hours
This course focuses on the dimensions and methodologies of TESL. Topics include: second language teaching dimensions and methods, new technologies in TESL, guidelines and format for lesson planning, curriculum development, class preparation, classroom management, material analysis and development, using textbooks, ESL in Canada versus ESL overseas, Canadian Language Benchmarks, LINC curricular guidelines, Ontario Ministry of Education curricular guidelines, English for Special Purposes (ESP), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), ESL literacy, English literacy development (ELD), and professional resources and organizations.


Assessment – 20 hours
This course explores techniques in testing and evaluating levels of English proficiency and student achievement. Topics include: principles of second language testing, techniques and interpretation of language assessment, recent developments in language testing, assessing student progress and proficiency, using portfolios, designing effective classroom tests, consideration of standardized tests, TOEFL versus IELTS, alternative assessment options, guidelines for grading practices, self and peer assessment for both students and teachers.


Teaching the Skills – 80 hours
This course examines the individual language skills in depth and techniques on how to teach them effectively. Topics include: the theory and practice of teaching listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar.


Practicum – 50 hours
Class Observation – 10 hours (TESL Canada) / 20 hours (TESL Ontario)
Supervised Teaching – 10 hours (TESL Canada) / 30 hours (TESL Ontario)
In order to successfully complete the program, teachers-in-training will observe ESL classes and gain valuable experience though volunteer practice teaching. The minimum number of practicum hours required in order to graduate is 20 (10 observation /10 practice teaching); however, students may complete additional supervised practicum hours for credit up to a maximum of 50 hours (30 observation / 20 practice teaching).


Program options:
The TESL Diploma can be completed in 15 weeks (4 months) full-time or in 30 weeks (8 months) part-time.


Class schedule:
Full time (4 months): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Part-time evenings (8 months): Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tuition Fee:
$3,500 CND for domestic students/permanent residents
$5,000 CND for international students/visitors
*Tuition fees may be paid on a monthly payment plan


Additional costs:
Text books/course materials: $200


Admission requirements:
Minimum high school diploma, but please note that those with the intent to apply for TESL Ontario or TESL Canada Certification must also have a university degree to be eligible for certification. Applicants must be fluent in English. Those whose first language is not English must provide proof of language proficiency.


To apply for this program click here to download application form or contact us to request an application form be sent to your email or home address.


Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I be employed as a Teacher of English as a Second Language?
A: In Ontario and other parts of Canada, international students and newcomers to Canada attend English as a second language classes in Colleges, Universities, language schools, school board continuing education programs, community centres, private tuition, government services and publicly funded programs such as LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) and OSLT (Occupation Specific Language Training). There is also a growing demand for EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and ESP (English for Special Purposes) in the Post-Secondary education system in all of Canada. For those looking to teach and travel with the highest professional level of TESL Canada Certification, the opportunities are endless. International destinations arranged by our own International Teacher Training and Recruitment Services for graduates of this program have included Europe, Middle East, Asia, and South America.
Q: What is the difference between TESL and TESOL?
A: It is a well-known fact that TESL is the Canadian acronym, as in TESL Canada and TESL Ontario, and that TESOL is the American acronym, that originated with the emergence of TESOL USA. However, there is a difference other than geography and where these acronyms are more commonly used. TESL refers to the teaching of English as a second language in a country where English is an official language, such as Canada. In contrast, TESOL certification is more frequently associated with teaching English as a foreign language internationally in countries where English is not the national language. In Canada, TESL training/certification is preferred and often required for employment. When teaching and traveling, both the TESL and TESOL methodologies are widely accepted.
Q: Is the TESL Diploma tuition fee tax deductible?
A: Yes the program is government registered as post-secondary education for issuance of the T22OA tax receipt for the full amount of tuition paid.
Q: What are the standards for TESL Certification in Ontario?
A: The professional standard for TESL Ontario is a recognized program that equals or exceeds 300 HOURS with a minimum 70 hours of Theory instruction (we provide 100 hrs) and minimum 120 hrs of Methodology instruction (we provide 180 hrs) and 50 hours of Practicum. Our TESL Diploma strictly adheres to this standard as well as the TESL Canada level Two and Three standard for professional certification.
Q: How do I become a TESL Ontario Accredited Language Instructor and receive the TESL Ontario Certificate after completing this Diploma?
A: Upon completion of our program an academic advisor will guide you through the TESL Ontario Language Instructor Accreditation application process as well as answer any questions you may have prior to registering for the program.  The application is available online:
Q: How do I become level 2 or 3 TESL Canada Certified and receive the TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard Two or Standard Three Certificate after completing this Diploma?
A: Upon completion of our program an academic advisor will guide you through the TESL Canada Professional Certification application process for Professional Standard Two and Three as well as answer any questions you may have prior to registering for the program.  The application is available online:
Q: Why choose this TESL Diploma program:
  • The College is experienced and well known for successfully providing top-notch TESL training for over a decade
  • the program is a DIPLOMA program offering graduates a more competitive edge over Certificate programs
  • the program is accredited as post-secondary offering graduates a more competitive edge over non-post-secondary programs that are not at the College/University academic level of recognition by governments nationally and internationally
  • the program is recognized by both TESL Ontario and TESL Canada
  • the program is recognized by TESL Canada for the Professional Certification Standard TWO or higher
  • there is no part one/part two, no time lapses or wait periods, no need to be upgrading or doing credit transfer, and no hidden costs; an all-in-one program complete in 15 weeks with part-time options as well to go at your own pace
  • the College offers a variety of additional qualifications and professional development courses such as teaching Business English, teaching TOEFL, teaching Online and TESL Ontario accredited Post-TESL Certificate Training (PTCT)
  • tuition fees are tax-deductible and can be paid on a monthly payment plan
  • the program provides intensive training and also educates students in resume building, interviewing techniques, job search skills, career counseling
  • the on-campus job board always boasts new and exciting career opportunities
  • the College provides a letter of reference upon request to all graduates
  • graduates receive ongoing support and may opt to continue to receive mail outs with job postings and professional development updates
  • the College employs only the highest quality of professionals and prides itself upon the quality of instruction above all things
Q: What do graduates of the program say about the training and experience at the College?
Graduate Testimonials:

“I decided to study at the Canadian College of Educators after I looked at all the larger schools in the region. CCE’s world-class faculty and short, intensive TESL program convinced me that I’d get individualized instruction that fit my schedule and budget. Years later, the benefits are still paying off. I’m a regular contributor at two LINC schools and at a Career College, and my adult education credentials are valued by the local government I work for. Besides that, the faculty at CCE still pick up the phone when I call for advice. Whether it’s for businesses trying to improve their employees’ communication skills, or for prospective teachers looking for respected Adult Ed certifications, or for the students in my classes who need specialized help to score well on qualifying exams like TOEFL, CCE is the only place I refer them to! If you don’t check out this College for yourself, you’re missing out on a great opportunity.”
John Mlynarsky, LINC & College TESL Ontario Certified Instructor


“I came to Canada with the hope of continuing my life-long career of a teacher back home. My goal was to get a full-time teaching job in a college or university while making a new home in Canada. Two months after I graduated from CCE I reached that goal. I feel this is just the beginning and thank CCE, the administrators and teachers for helping me get the start I needed here.”
Jagrati Chauhan, English for Academic Purposes Instructor, York University


“I have to thank the College very much. This has made such a huge difference in my life. It has been such a long journey for me but so worth it. I have a fantastic bunch of students from eight countries and we have a great time. I am so happy!”
Dianne Coore, LINC Instructor, Microskills


“Graduating with a TESL Diploma was extremely satisfying, and I am ever so thankful that I chose Canadian College of Educators to complete my education. The course was very intense and more work than I could have imagined, but the part I remember most fondly is the great learning environment created by the teachers. The staff at Canadian College of Educators is truly exceptional. They are knowledgeable, dedicated and student focused. They were successful in modeling the caring, kind and effective learning environment that we too would strive to nurture in our future classrooms. I love my new job, it is the best thing I have ever done, and I couldn’t have done it without Canadian College of Educators.”
Laura Allen, LINC Instructor, Catholic Cross-Cultural Services LINC


As an experienced overseas English teacher, I needed TESL Ontario certification when I came back to Canada. I looked at all my options, and the Canadian College of Educators was my best bet for a faster and more convenient way to get properly certified. It is simply the quickest and most inexpensive way to get TESL Ontario and TESL Canada certification. The faculty is excellent! The teachers are friendly, and always took the time to answer my questions. Despite my extensive experience, there was a lot of value in the course. I learned about Canadian Language Benchmarks, how to tie your lessons to the Ontario curriculum, and how to better teach pronunciation. I really enjoyed my time at CCE, and I highly recommend the course”
William Moeller, International English Teacher


“The TESL Diploma course offered at the Canadian College of Educators is by far the most relevant, useful course that I have ever taken. The program is premised on sound pedagogical principles and delivered by outstanding, inspiring, empathetic teachers. Not only are you taught the most current information you need to know in order to become an effective ESL teacher but you have the opportunity to apply that knowledge on a daily basis. This course gave me a new outlook on life and an opportunity to meet some outstanding educators. If you are looking for a life-changing experience, this TESL Diploma course is for you.”
Trudi B. McCarthy LINC Instructor, Polycultural Immigrant & Communitiy Services Mississauga


“Everything about the Canadian College of Educators is phenomenal. I have learned so much!”
Linda Bordonaro, ESL Teacher, Toronto District School Board


“Thank you so much Canadian College of Educators and Faculty for making my dreams come true. CCE was the first place I came to when I came to Canada and I could not have done it without you. Everyone was supportive and helpful.”
Esther Bhatti, ESL Teacher, Peel District School Board


“Being a mother of two and a mature student, I was daunted by returning to school full time. At the Canadian College of Educators, I found others like me, seeking a new and more rewarding career. While the workload wasn’t easy, the teachers were inspirational and compassionate. After four months of hard work I graduated with honours with a Diploma in my hand. Shortly thereafter, I was offered my first job as a teacher. My new career is just as rewarding as I thought it would be.”
Tina McConnell, ESL Teacher, Oxford Learning Centre


“Thank you Canadian College of Educators. Two weeks after graduation I got a job and I love what I do! The course provided me with the knowledge and ability to teach English far beyond my expectations. Thank you for all your hard work and much needed guidance.”
Philip Kondrat, ESL Teacher, International House


“Having a Masters in Second Language Education and years of ESL teaching experience I didn’t think there would be much for me to learn in a TESL program, but I wanted the TESL Certification. I learned A LOT!”
Kimberly Wright, ESL Teacher, University of Guelph


“I just wanted to thank everyone at CCE, especially the phenomenal teachers, for the education, training, and great memories.”
Robert Diamond, ESL Teacher, Robinson College


“I loved going to class every day and found myself more inspired about education than ever.”
Lois Nunan, ESL Teacher, Halton District School Board


“I just want to thank you for providing an excellent TESL course. The instructors were very professional; in fact the whole course was beyond what I had expected regarding the kind of information received. Since completing the course I have found I know more than I thought I had learned. Often I am being asked questions from other teachers in the school where I work regarding the curriculum and how to organize a program. So it seems I am recognized as the teacher with the “much knowledge”. I have your course to thank for that. In my opinion your course far exceeds the expectations of some schools and provides students like me with confidence to teach ESL anywhere. You have a winning course, keep it up.”
Bryce Kerr, ESL Teacher, Kennedy College


“Thank you from another happy TESL Graduate!”
Louise Foster, ESL Teacher, Bronte Language Centre


“I graduated from the Canadian College of Educators, and I was proud to add the TESL Diploma to my previous qualifications. There is only one word to describe this course at the College – it is simply amazing. From the very first day I realized how well organized and prepared everything was and how helpful the teachers are. The atmosphere was great. After 20 years I have spent in the field of education I can say that this course really impressed me. I had a great time, busy schedule and successful results, and I met many new colleagues and friends. As an internationally trained specialist in education I found that the program helped me to meet Canada’s requirements in the field of ESL teaching and showed me new ways of teaching English as a second language. Under the guidance of my helpful, understanding, experienced and knowledgeable teachers, I moved ahead in my personal process of gaining professional self-esteem in a new country. I received not only my recognized Diploma, but also precious experience. I really miss the time I spent in the College, where the faculty gave us a lot, treated us with respect, prepared us for a real-life teaching practice and believed in us. Thank you for your well-done job! To all my new colleagues, current and potential students of the College, I can only say: do not miss this great opportunity; you will enjoy it and it is worth it! It will give you many more chances in your life.”
Veselina Popova–Gyozova School Board International Languages Teacher


“Graduating with a TESL Diploma course offered from the Canadian College of Educators is one of my most rewarding and most memorable experiences in my life! Not only did they thoroughly prepare me to immediately walk into a classroom and teach fresh out of CCE, but I learned so much about myself and about other cultures. CCE and their exemplary staff go above and beyond in helping you reach your goals. I was working in a LINC centre the week following my graduation!!! Thank-you so much for having opened new doors to my future.¨
Julia Charbonneau, LINC Instructor, Catholic Cross-Cultural Services LINC


“It was a great course! I am ready to take on the world now!”
Brad Madden, International ESL Teacher, 13 countries traveled so far…


My experience at the CCE was instrumental in providing me with the tools necessary to succeed and reach my professional goals. Although, I had extensive teaching experience prior to the commencement of this course, I was amazed at how much I still had to learn and grateful for the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the field.
Atif Malik, ESL Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University