TESL Ontario, established in 1972, is a non-profit organization serving the needs of teachers of English as a Second Language. It represents more than 4,600 language training professionals and is instrumental in influencing the success of many thousands of English language learners throughout the province. TESL Ontario’s expertise is in teaching, advocacy, accreditation, and professional development.
TESL Ontario accredited instructors have distinct knowledge and skills specific to teaching adult ESL. They belong to a community of highly educated, responsible and committed professionals who seek to further the best interests of the learners. They constantly strive for excellence through academic inquiry, self-reflection, openness to new ideas and ongoing professional development. As a result, TESL Ontario Language Instructor Certificate of Accreditation has become the industry norm in Ontario, and TESL Ontario accredited instructors are being hired by ESL instruction providers in both publicly-funded and privately-funded sectors.
The TESL Ontario certificate has been designed for individuals interested in teaching in adult ESL programs in Ontario, other Canadian provinces, and other countries including:
• Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
• Adult ESL- offered by school boards
• Citizenship and Language (CL)
• Specialized Language Training (SLT)
• Enhanced Language Training (ELT)
• Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT)
• English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and ESL offered by colleges, universities, and private schools
• English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
• English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
Employers of TESL Ontario Accredited Instructors
TESL Ontario accredited instructors are being hired by a wide range of employers including:
|• School Boards||• Universities|
|• Settlement /Immigrant Service Agencies||• Private Career Colleges|
|• Welcome Centres||• Private Language Schools|
|• Community Colleges||• International Language Schools|
More information about employers can be found at the following links:
|• LINC Classes in Ontario||• Private Career College Search Service|
|• ESL Classes in Ontario||• TESLOntario Job Board|
|• Ontario Colleges||• TESLOntario Volunteer Job Board|
TESL Ontario Language Instructor Certificate of Accreditation is an annual renewal. Accredited language instructors are required to engage in a minimum of 10 hours of professional development per accreditation year and retain the proof on file. The annual renewal fee is $154.00
Any applicant who is denied the TESL Ontario accreditation/approval shall have the right to appeal the decision to the TESL Ontario Appeals Committee within three months from the date the decision has been made. Please be aware that the degree and English language proficiency (ELP) requirements of the TESL Ontario accreditation/ approval are "non-appealable" requisites. For details about filing an appeal, please go to Appeals.
II. Required Qualifications
1. University Degree:
Applicants are required to hold a minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree, or a graduate degree, from an accredited institution located in Canada or a basic, general, or document-by-document Canadian degree equivalency report for degrees obtained from accredited institutions located outside Canada. The equivalency report must indicate that the evaluated international degree is equivalent to a minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree, or a graduate degree from an accredited institution in Canada.
TESL Ontario accepts degree equivalency reports prepared by any one of the members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) including the following agencies:
For a complete list of ACESC members, please go to www.canalliance.org
2. Proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP):
If you have studied on-site full time to complete a minimum three year degree program with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed below, your degree or official transcript or Canadian equivalency report is your proof of ELP. Please note that in some cases, transcripts may be requested to determine the length of the program.
|Canada||Benin||Ghana||Republic of Ireland||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Anguilla||Bermuda||Grenada||Saint Kitts-Nevis Seychelles||United Kingdom|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Botswana||Guyana||Sierra Leone||United States|
|Australia||British Virgin Islands||Jamaica||South Africa||Uganda|
|Bahamas||Cayman Islands||Montserrat||St. Lucia||US Virgin Islands|
|Belize||Dominica||New Zealand||Trinidad and Tobago||Zimbabwe|
OR if you have completed a minimum three year online/distance degree program with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed above, a combination of your degree or official transcript or Canadian equivalency report and an ELP test report indicating the scores required for listening and speaking skills, as shown in the table below, is your proof of ELP.
OR if you have not completed a minimum three year degree program in one of the countries listed above, you should take an ELP test and meet the required scores as specified in the table below. Please note that TESL Ontario accepts a combination of two test reports (for the same ELP test taken twice or for two different ELP tests) indicating that all required scores have been met. Also, TESL Ontario accepts ELP test reports up to 5 years after the test date. Test reports older than 5 years are considered on a case-by-case basis.
|Recognized ELP Tests||Required Scores|
|IELTS Academic||Listening: 7 Reading: 7 Writing: 7 Speaking: 7|
|CanTEST||Listening: 4.5 Reading: 4.5 Writing: 4.5 Speaking: 4.5|
|CAEL||Listening: 70 Reading: 70 Writing: 70 Speaking: 70|
|TOEFL iBT||Listening: 24 Reading: 24 Writing: 27 Speaking: 24|
|MELAB||Listening: 87 GCVR: 87 Writing: 87 Speaking: 4-|
OR if, prior to doing your university education, you have completed grades 6-12 (each grade completed in one full school year) with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed above, your grade 6-12 report cards are your proof of ELP.
3. TESL Training and Practicum:
Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 250 hours of TESL theory and methodology training and a minimum of 50 hours of TESL practicum (30 hours of observation and 20 hours of supervised practice teaching) in a TESL training program recognized by TESL Ontario.
Applicants may contact the accredited training programs directly to learn about their admission requirements, tuition fees, and schedules. To access a list of these programs and their contact information, please click here.
Experienced instructors who meet the degree and ELP requirements of accreditation and have completed a certificate, diploma, or degree program containing a minimum of 120 hours of training related to the theory and/or methodology of TESL are eligible for PLAR assessment application. The PLAR assessment process gives applicants an official statement of exactly what gaps exist between their previous TESL training and TESL Ontario's required courses and practicum. For more information about this process, please follow this link: Application-through-plar
III. Getting Copies Authorized
The individuals/parties listed below may authorize copies of your original documents:
In Canada: a TESL Ontario staff member (when submitting your application to the TESL Ontario Office in person), notary public, commissioner of oath, lawyer, senior university/college officer or professor, public school principal, signing officer of a bank, medical doctor, minister of religion, or police officer.
Outside Canada: the Canadian Embassy or the Consulate
Authorization by other officials may be accepted. Please contact TESL Ontario
Please provide the authorizing party with an accurate photocopy when you show the original document. The authorization should include: full name, title, address, telephone number, signature, date, and a statement to this effect: "This is a true copy of the original."
IV. Required Documents
|Accredited TESL Program||Proof of Practicum (original or authorized copy required)|
|B.A. (Hons.) Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Subsequent Language OR TESL Certificate (post B.A. or B.Sc.) Brock University||Transcript showing completion of LING4P80 (not 4P81) or LING0P80/LING4N80. A confirmation letter may be required in some cases.|
|CERTESL University of Saskatchewan||Transcript showing TESL 42 - Supervised Practicum AND letter from the Certifications Admin Office documenting the practicum additional hours module|
|M.A. Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies Carleton University||Transcript showing completion of ALDS5205 and ALDS5806 OR confirmation letter indicating the completion of the practicum|
|All other TESL training programs||Your TESL certificate OR transcript showing the completion of the practicum course/s is accepted as proof.|
For current TESL Ontario standard members applying for accreditation
For all other accreditation applicants:
Fees shown do not include applicable taxes, which will be added. Please note that the administration fee is non-refundable and is charged as soon as your application is received.
For current members, the pro-rated accredited membership fee will cover the period starting from the date a standard member is accredited to their standard membership renewal month. The TESL Ontario Accreditation Coordinator will calculate this fee and notify the applicant by email or phone. Payment will be due immediately upon notification. This fee is non-refundable.
Payment for annual Standard membership and annual Language Instructor Accreditation fees must be included in the application package. These fees will be charged only after application approval and will be non-refundable as of the application approval date.
Method of Payment: If paying by cheque, please write a separate cheque (payable to TESL Ontario) for each required fee. If paying by VISA, MasterCard or American Express, please write your credit card number and expiry date on the application form (Please note that other credit cards are not accepted). You can also pay by cash in person at the TESL Ontario Office.
VI. Application Process Steps
Please Note! For operational reasons, TESL Ontario reserves the right to extend the application processing time, as necessary. TESL Ontario may request additional documentation beyond the requirements described above. All submitted documentation and information will be kept confidential. We strongly recommend that you keep photocopies of all submitted forms and documents for your own records. The requirements of the TESL Ontario Language Instructor Accreditation may change without notice. If you do not meet all of the requirements for accreditation, TESL Ontario will send you an email specifying the additional steps you need to take.
Questions? Please contact TESL Ontario by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-593-4243, Ext. 205.