Welcome to the Certificate in D-TEIL!

Make a difference around the world in a growing professional field. Gain the flexibility to live abroad and learn about other cultures with a career in the international field of English language teaching. In this program, you will be introduced to general principles of applied linguistics and language teaching, the latest ideas of in-person and online language learning, concepts of language in society and bi/plurilingualism, and the history and impact of English as a global language. Plus, in every course, you’ll find a hands-on education component, including a three-week international teaching practicum in one of our partner universities in Brazil or Colombia.

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  • Confidently present your thoughts and opinions in written material
  • Critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • Lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches, and personal and professional backgrounds in an interculturally sensitive manner
  • Recognize and incorporate potential


As a D-TEIL graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker in English language teaching internationally. You may also choose to pursue graduate studies or obtain additional qualifications in applied linguistics and/or education. In addition to these options, D-TEIL will help you enhance your intercultural awareness and communicative skills, which could be beneficial to anyone exploring career paths that may include:

  • Communications
  • Government policy Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Writing and editing
  • Proposal writer

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language.

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. The following are some opportunities available to D-TEIL students.

  • Complete a three-week teaching practicum in Brazil or Colombia as part of Teaching English as an International Language
  • Immerse yourself in the experience of teaching English as an international language to students with a different linguistic and cultural background.
  • Live and work internationally.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must:

Be enrolled at Glendon or another faculty of York University OR have completed a university degree at an accredited institution.

Please note:

Not every course is offered every year. Please refer to the current offerings on this website.

The course EN 4596 9.0 is only open to Certificate Students, and only to those who have achieved a grade of at least B in each of the Certificate courses taken prior to entering EN 4596.

It is strongly recommended that all Certificate students acquire at least a basic working knowledge of the language of your practicum country (so: Latin American Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese) prior to participating in EN 4596 and its international practicum. This could be accomplished by taking six credits in a foundational course at Glendon.

The International Teaching Practicum

A teaching practicum, normally fulfilled in an international setting, is an integral component of the course EN 4596 9.0. This practicum is part of an academic exchange agreement between York University and our partner institutions in Brazil or Colombia, and involves all students enrolled in the EN 4596 9.0 course for 3 weeks, at the end of April and the first week of May.

Students requiring financial support may apply for a York International Mobility Award (YIMA), which covers a substantial portion of the travel costs from Toronto to the practicum site. In addition, there may be support from the English Department. Also, students are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities. Any student, for whom this requirement presents an impediment, should contact the Certificate Coordinator as early as possible.

Check out the admission requirements for non-York students

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who are experts in their fields.

Marlon Valencia

York Hall C215
416-736-2100 x 88390

Ian Martin

Ian Martin

York Hall C225
416-736-2100 x 88167

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources D-TEIL students use the most.

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How to Reach Us

Academic Services
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