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Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

This certificate program is pending final approval by the UBC Board of Governors.

TESL Certificate program has two options: TESL Coursework Certificate (12 credits) and TESL Certificate with Practicum (15 credits). They are designed for pre- and in-service teachers and those who are interested in teaching local and international students in Canada or overseas.

The Target Learners

The target learners include the following groups:

  • School teachers who want to be certified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Education students in the process of getting their bachelor’s degree
  • Students in their third or fourth year of university study
  • Other unclassified local or international students who wish to teach in colleges or private language schools in Canada or overseas

Admission Criteria

  • Students who wish to enrol in the certificate program must have obtained their first degree or must currently be in their official third or fourth year of university study.
  • Students who speak English as a Second Language must meet UBC’s English proficiency requirements/standards.
  • All students, especially those without ESL/EFL teaching experience, are strongly advised to volunteer in an ESL setting prior to enrolment.

Certificate Requirements

Students must complete a total of 12 credits for the TESL Coursework Certificate:

LLED 489C (or LLED 489A and B) 6
LLED 478C (or LLED 478A and B) 6
Total Credits 12

Students must complete a total of 15 credits for the TESL Coursework with Practicum Certificate:

LLED 489C (or LLED 489A and B) 6
LLED 478C (or LLED 478A and B) 6
LLED 399 3
Total Credits 15

Application to Receive Certificate

Upon completion of all required courses, students must apply to receive their certificate from the Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED).

Following confirmation of students’ successful completion of all required courses, students will receive a certificate from LLED.

Page last updated: May 14, 2019

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