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TESOL Program Options & Requirements

The Certificate is open to students who have been granted a Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (C+) or equivalent. Applicants may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency (minimum IELTS 7 across all skills; TOEFL 102 total). Individuals holding a Bachelor's degree can be exempted from a maximum of 12 of the required 30 credits provided they have taken equivalent courses during their undergraduate/graduate education. Exemptions will not be given for the following courses: AP/TESL 3600 3.0, AP/TESL 3200 6.0 and AP/TESL 3300 6.0.

Current York undergraduate students are eligible to apply for admission to the Certificate if they have completed at least 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (C+). In order to be awarded the certificate, students must successfully complete a Bachelors degree (90 credits) or an Honours Bachelor Degree (120 credits). Eighteen (18) of the 30 credits required for the Certificate will be counted towards the Bachelors (or Honours Bachelor) degree. Twelve (12) credits will be counted outside the degree: AP/TESL 3200 6.0, and AP/TESL 3300 6.0.

Program Options

This program has both part-time and full-time options.

The certificate can be completed in one or two calendar years (or more on a part-time basis) as follows :


One Year

Those entering in May can take the pre-requisite AP/LING 1000 6.0 or AP/LING 2060 6.0 and take the other 6 courses Sept-April of the Fall Semester, provided there are available spaces in the Practicum (AP/TESL3300 6.0). The deadline for a May entry is February 1st.


Two Years

Those entering September will normally take the prerequisite AP/LING 1000 6.0 in the first year, along with AP/TESL 3200 6.0 and either AP/TESL 3600 3.0 or one of the elective courses.

During the second year, students will normally take AP/LING 3240 3.0, AP/LING 3160 3.0, AP/TESL 3300 6.0, and either AP/TESL 3600 3.0 or the elective (depending on what was taken in Year 1)