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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 27 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). Fifteen (15) of the 27 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.

It is feasible to complete the certificate in one calendar year, however, this is not possible to guarantee as there are limited seats in the Practicum course, so applicants are advised to be prepared for a duration of 2 years, just in case. Students may also take their time and complete over many years.

The class time required to complete 27 credits totals 324 hours. The coursework consists of both online and offline assignments. In addition, the Practicum course has a placement component which includes 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of supervision teaching in intact classrooms taking place outside of the 324 hours of instruction in the program.