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Online TESL Certificate


The Online TESL Certificate is a non-credit professional development program designed for individuals already teaching English as a second or foreign language or those interested in becoming qualified to do so who want to develop a solid foundation in language teaching.

Specifically, this program will equip participants with the knowledge, strategies, and skills required to teach English as an additional language while also emphasizing the teaching of English via content (e.g. social studies, science, etc.) and how to face the inherent challenges of such teaching contexts.

The Online TESL Certificate was designed and will be delivered by Dr. Paul Émile Chiasson, former Education Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts at UNB Saint John and a seasoned teaching professional. Dr. Chiasson holds the highest level of professional certification granted by TESL Canada.

Ideal candidates

  • Individuals who want to become TESL certified
  • Teachers who wish to learn more about how to teach English-second language speakers more effectively
  • Teachers currently teaching abroad or who are preparing to teach in foreign countries
  • Non-native speakers of English who teach English language courses or content courses in English overseas
  • Teachers of ESL or EAL students in Canadian classrooms

To be eligible to participate in the Online TESL Certificate Program, prior post-secondary study is a must (e.g you must have a university degree, a college degree, or have a post-secondary program in progress). A Bachelor of Education degree is not required but it is beneficial.

Program content

The Online TESL Certificate Program is comprised of 12 individual modules of study. Each module focuses on a different aspect of teaching English as a second or foreign language. Some of the module topics include:

  • Lesson preparation
  • How to teach speaking/reading/listening/writing/academic vocabulary
  • How to teach culture
  • How to review and assess student progress
  • What is action research?

Program details

Program dates

Program fee: $995 CAD

Duration: 12 months (but participants can choose to work at an accelerated pace and finish the program in a shorter amount of time)

Course structure: There are 12 modules in the program; each module requires approximately 10 hours of study delivered through Desire2Learn (D2L Brightspace). You'll be assigned a UNB login for the D2L portal and access course content/materials.

Required text: A Course in English Language Teaching by Penny Ur. The cost of this text is not included in the course fee.

This program is not recognized by TESL Canada, but you can still apply for Professional Standard 1 certification if you complete a Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) as part of your application.

“I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot! I am looking forward to getting back to school and improving the program with my new strategies! For me, it was the way [Dr. Chiasson] ran the course that made it so valuable. As much as I gained from the content, I gained even more from [his] teaching style. [His] approach to teaching is one I hope to emulate in my own practice. I really appreciated [his] positive feedback, encouraging words and patience. [He] made an online course a very personable and rewarding experience.” – Andrea Robinson-Jollymore

Payment information

The cost of the Online TESL Certificate Program is $995.00 CAD. Payment is due in full before or by the start date of the program.

No refunds will be given after the start date of the program.

Admissions requirements

Participants must have completed a post-secondary program (college or university) or must have a post-secondary program in progress at the time of application for the Online TESL Program. A Bachelor of Education degree is not required but is considered an asset.

English language proficiency - proof of English language proficiency from applicants for whom English is a second or foreign language is required before they can be admitted to the Online TESL Certificate program. The minimum language proficiency level required for admittance to this program is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

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