TESL Diploma

The TESL/TEFL Diploma program is designed to provide theoretical and practical experience in the field of teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language to adults. It consists of three components:

  1. TESL 100: An Overview to Teaching ESL/EFL
    TESL 100 includes forty-five hours of instruction plus a fifteen-hour practicum which is supervised through the practicum journal. To complete the course successfully, students must meet the course requirements, complete the practicum, and attend at least 80 percent of the classes. Practica are arranged individually at the beginning of the course. They take place in the evenings and on weekends. This course may be taken independently. For further details, please refer to the TESL Certificate page.
  2. TESL 200: Methods and Materials (Module A)
    This course is intended for teachers and prospective teachers working with, or preparing to work with, adult learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language. In this module, students acquire a repertoire of techniques to use in teaching ESL/EFL, explore currently available teaching materials and work on creating their own materials. In addition, students are introduced to observation methods, in conjunction with observing ESL classes in the TESL Centre's Intensive English Program. Throughout the module, students work through a series of lessons in a popular grammar text, becoming aware of the system that underlies the language and principles for teaching grammar.

    Programs and Learners (Module B)
    In this module, students explore various aspects of classroom interaction, testing, and language acquisition, and learn how to plan lessons that maximize learning. Students also focus on characteristics of learners and of different teaching situations, investigating how these factors influence teaching. As in TESL 201, students work through a series of lessons in a popular grammar text to increase their knowledge and competency in this area. A key component of the module is the completion of a 10-hour ESL teaching practicum in the TESL Centre's Intensive English Program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of TESL 100 and recommendation of the TESL 100 instructor.


There are currently no upcoming TESL 200 Diploma sessions scheduled.


  • TESL 200 observations and practicum take place during the weekdays anytime between 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • The TESL Centre reserves the right to cancel courses and refund any tuition paid, if there is insufficient enrolment to run a course.
  • TESL 200 is a limited enrolment course and, therefore, we recommend that you apply early.
  • To register for TESL 200, applicants must first be accepted into the Diploma program. Applicants will be notified of their status before their registration is processed. Please allow 5 business days for processing of your program application after all documents, including transcripts and language proficiency examination results, are received.


In order to apply for the Diploma program, individuals should meet the following criteria:

  1. They must have, at minimum, an undergraduate degree. This may be in any discipline.
  2. They must have successfully completed TESL 100.
  3. If their first language is not English, they must provide official evidence of academic language proficiency as demonstrated by any of the following:

    a) a minimum iBT 88 overall with a minimum score of 22 in each area
    b) a minimum score of 70 on the CAEL (no subtest below 60)
    c) a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS with no individual skill under 6.5
    d) or high school graduation from a high school in Canada, including minimum English 12 score of 70%
    e) or completion of an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking university

Important: Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree are not eligible to enroll in the TESL Diploma Program.

This TESL Diploma is accredited by TESL Canada. They may be contacted at: