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. 11, 2017. Next part-time TESL Diploma program begins Sept. 18, 2017. 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: College Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
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

• Professional Designation: Ontario Certified English Language Teacher (OCELT)

• TESL Ontario Accredited Language Instructor Certificate

• TESL Ontario International Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language

• TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard Two.

For TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One please see our 125-hour TESOL Certificate program.

 

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TESL Diploma Program Outline:

Theoretical Issues – 20 hours

Linguistics – 40 hours

Language Structure and Skills – 40 hours

TESL Methodology – 60 hours

Assessment – 20 hours

Teaching Skills – 80 hours

Practicum – 50 hours

 

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 – 60 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: portfolio based language assessment (PBLA), classroom based-assessment, feedback and error correction, placement and exit assessment, and consideration of standardized tests.

 

Teaching  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: 30 hours

Supervised Teaching: 20 hours

 

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 for domestic student application form and click here for international student application form or contact us to request an application form be sent to your email or home address.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the OCELT designation?
A: OCELT is the professional designation for Ontario Certified English Language Teachers. It is the registered professional designation for all TESL Ontario accredited members in good standing. Ontario Certified English Language Teachers use the OCELT professional designation on their resume, business cards, books and papers authored by them, email signatures, presentations, professional profiles, in social media and more. In order to use the OCELT professional designation individuals must obtain the TESL Ontario Accredited Language Instructor Certificate and be a member in good standing. The TESL Ontario Certificate of Accreditation has now become the industry norm in Ontario, and TESL Ontario certified teachers are being hired by both government-funded programs and private schools in Canada, and by international employers.
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 covering all required TESL theory and methodology topics in accordance with TESL Ontario program standards and includes a 50-hour practicum (250 instructional hours and 50 hours practicum). Our TESL Diploma strictly adheres to this standard as well as the TESL Canada level Two 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 Accredited Language Instructor application process. The process is detailed on the TESL Ontario website: http://www.teslontario.net/accreditation/languageinstructor
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Q: How long has the College been offering TESL training?
A: Canadian College of Educators has been delivering accredited TESL training in Mississauga for over 15 years (since 2001) and has over 1,000 TESL Certified graduates. For this reason a CCE graduate of the TESL Diploma is often found working in local LINC and ESL programs and will refer others to the program.
Q: Where is the Practicum component completed?
A: Each student is provided with a customized practicum experience based on individual needs and interests. With over 40 practicum locations to choose from in the region of Peel, Halton, and Toronto, students can opt for something closer to home or content specific whether it be LINC, ESL for beginners, or high academic levels. Locations include LINC centres, language schools, other colleges, community centres, continuing education, school boards, adult learning centres, government agencies and newcomer services. In the first few weeks of the program students will meet with their Practicum Supervisor at the college to be matched with their most ideal choice practicum location. The College also offers accredited ESL classes for international students which can be available for observing or teaching on campus.
Q: Why choose this TESL Diploma program:
A:
  • The College specializes in TESL certification, both provincially and nationally, to deliver a program of highest quality expertise.
  • The program has a career focus as well and incorporates high demand “employability skills” for English language teachers in Ontario and Canada such as intensive training in Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) taught by certified subject experts in CLB and PBLA..
  • The College is well known by employers for successfully providing top-notch TESL training for more than 15 years.
  • 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

 

“Everything that I learned at Canadian College of Educators has helped me a lot in my new teaching career! The teachers definitely provided us with the fundamentals, the knowledge, skills, and tools to succeed in the TESL field. Also, it helped me build a good network. Thank you very much for all your support”
Marcia M., LINC Instructor, Halton Multicultural Council
“I work as an online ESL tutor/instructor, and I love it! I was skeptical at first, but choosing an online teaching position was the best decision I ever made. The flexibility is awesome, the pay is fair, and the technology platforms available are state-of-the-art. I have had great success teaching online, and I don’t know if I could ever give it up for a traditional teaching position in a classroom. The training I received from Canadian College of Educators (CCE) was invaluable. It was the best investment I ever made! Anybody wanting to succeed in an ESL teaching career, look no further than CCE!”
Mike Jackson, Online ESL Teacher, Seer English

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