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 January 9th, 2017. Now accepting applications. Application deadline December 1st.

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: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
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

Linguistics – 40 hours

Language Structure and Skills – 40 hours

TESL Methodology – 80 hours

Assessment – 20 hours

Teaching Skills – 80 hours

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


Course Descriptions:


Theoretical Issues – 20 hours
This course examines the principles and theories of second language acquisition and adult education as well as the linguistic, psychological, and socio-cultural factors that affect adult language acquisition. Topics include: First and Second Language Acquisition, Issues in Language Learning, Principles of Adult Education, Factors Affecting Adult Learning, Learning Styles, Models of Communicative Competence, Intercultural Communication and Diversity.


Linguistics – 40 hours
This course introduces the foundations in linguistics and examines the linguistic systems of the English language. Topics include: Sociolinguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse, Phonetics and Phonology.


Language Structure and Skills – 40 hours
This course explores the concepts, theory, and research in teaching the language skills. Topics include: Concepts, theory, and research in teaching grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading, writing.


TESL Methodology – 80 hours
This course focuses on the dimensions and methodologies of TESL. Topics include: Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), Communicative Approach, Task-based Instruction/ Approach, Language Skills- and Strategies-based Instruction/ Approach, Previous and Emergent Approaches, Adult ESL, Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada (LINC), ESL for International Students, Academic English/English for Academic Purposes, Literacy, Classroom Teaching, Classroom Teaching with Technology, Blended Teaching, Assessing Resources, Learning/Teaching and Educational Technology, Needs Analysis, Course/Syllabus Planning, Lesson Planning, Designing Activities.


Assessment – 20 hours
This course explores the key concepts and principles of assessment, as well as different types and purposes of assessment and various ways of providing feedback. Topics include: varied methods of assessment, classroom based-assessment, feedback and error correction, portfolio based language assessment (PBLA), placement and exit assessment, and consideration of standardized tests.


Teaching the Skills – 80 hours
This course focuses on teaching techniques, skills, and strategies in TESL and teaching the skills. Topics include: Teaching Techniques and Skills, Classroom Management Skills, Teaching Aids and Resources, Technology and Digital Learning, EdTech Tools and Apps, Language Learning Strategies, Individualization within Classes with Diverse Learner Types and Abilities, Intercultural Attitudes and Skills, Interactive Skills and Presence, Managing Multi-level Classes, Managing Continuous Intake Classes, Ongoing Action Research and Reflection, Supply Teaching Techniques, and Teaching the Language Skills.


Practicum – 50 hours

Class Observation: 10 hours (TESL Canada) / 30 hours (TESL Ontario)

Supervised Teaching: 10 hours (TESL Canada) / 20 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.


TESL Diploma Program Outcomes

The TESL Diploma at Canadian College of Educators is specifically designed to strictly adhere to the most recent program standards of both TESL Ontario and TESL Canada for accreditation and certification as well as the expressed needs and preferred outcomes of employers in the field. All of the new TESL Ontario required topics are covered in this program and these are the most up-to-date learning outcomes and teacher expectations in the profession. Upon completion of the TESL Diploma program at Canadian College of Educators graduates will be able to:

  • understand the principles and theories of second language acquisition and adult education, as well as the linguistic, psychological, and socio-cultural factors affecting adult language acquisition
  • identify with the diverse cultures and the range of socio-cultural and economic communities that constitute the class and recognize the potential effect of these factors on adult language learning
  • describe and apply major theories of first and second language acquisition to ESL/EFL teaching and learning
  • describe the language-culture relationship and explain its impact on second language learning.
  • draw on learners’ experience, interests, goals, and needs to design and implement relevant, authentic, and inspiring learning opportunities appropriate for the identified requirements of the learners
  • understand the central concepts and conventions of the English language, including linguistic systems, organizational patterns, pragmatics, and strategic competence.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of teaching  speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.
  • use various curricular models to develop appropriate plans of teaching/learning, learning materials, and activities to meet the needs and interests of the learners within the specific program/teaching organization
  • set course objectives and learning outcomes based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs)
  • prepare and deliver lessons that meet the needs of learners and achieve targeted outcomes in a specific context
  • give clear instructions to students and use appropriate methodology and teaching aids including technology based aids
  • integrate a wide range of teaching resources and technological tools, choose materials and tools to best meet learners’ needs and enhance learners’ engagement and motivation
  • demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and principles of assessment, as well as different types and purposes of assessment and various ways of providing feedback
  • develop appropriate tests and alternative means of assessment to measure success in meeting lesson objectives
  • demonstrate knowledge of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
  • explain and apply the principles of teaching speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary
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. The TESL Diploma program is updated every semester to ensure that graduates are the most up-to-date and effective teachers in the field.
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 Canada Professional Certification application. TESL Ontario accredited teachers may streamline this process. 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: I have already completed a certificate-level TESL program. Can I get any credit towards the TESL Diploma or Advanced Standing?
A: Yes, but only with certificate-level programs that are recognized by TESL Canada for Professional Standard One or higher (TESL/TESOL/TEFL/CELTA program of at least 120 hours recognized by TESL Canada). For those who have already completed a TESL Canada Professional Standard One program the college can grant 100 hours credit (80 hours of Teaching Skills instruction and 20 hours of practicum) towards the 330-hour diploma and also apply a $500 tuition fee rebate towards the Diploma. Official transcripts for the coursework and practicum must be provided.
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