Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate

Length: 3 months or 5 weeks

Location Offered: Nanaimo campus

Interested in travelling and teaching English abroad? VIU’s Teaching English as a Second / Foreign Language Certificate Program* can fund your wanderlust. If you have a bachelor’s degree, top it up with an affordable TESL certificate and add it to your travel documents for an exciting work and travel abroad experience!

VIU’s TESL / TEFL Certificate is accredited by Languages Canada. The program is open to Canadian citizens and international students and it is offered in full-time (5 weeks) and part-time (3 months) formats at our Nanaimo Campus.

Graduates may go on to teaching English abroad, working as language tutors, and teaching English in Canada at private language schools. International teachers requiring a formal certificate for Professional Development purposes would also benefit from this TESL / TEFL certificate. 

This program is designed for:

  • Canadians looking for a certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad
  • International teachers requiring a formal certificate for Professional Development purposes
  • Canadians requiring a certificate to teach ESL in Canada

Program Details

  • A 120 hour course including a 20 hour supervised practicum
  • Two intakes per year
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Supervised practicum completed in VIU’s English Language Centre
  • Students taking the part-time course must complete their practicum weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the ELC.

Program Overview

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics
  • Methodological Issues
  • Techniques for Teaching
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Professional Issues
  • Supervised Practicum

Application Deadline

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
*subject to availability.

  • TESL 010 - (Introduction to Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language)
  • TESL 020 - (Observational Practicum)
  • TESL 030 - (Teaching Practicum)
Updated 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

2019 fall: Part-time

Activity

Dates

Duration

 Classes

September 4 - November 27, 2019

Wednesday (6pm-9pm) and Saturday (8:30am-4pm)

 
3 months

 2020 spring: Part-time

Activity

Dates

Duration

 Classes

January 15 - April 8, 2020

Wednesday (6pm-9pm) and Saturday (8:30am-4pm)

3 months

 

2020 summer: Full-time

Activity

Dates

Duration

Classes

June 29 - July 31, 2020

Monday - Friday (8:30am-4pm)

5 weeks

 

2020 fall: Part-time

Activity

Dates

Duration

 Classes

September 9 - December 2, 2020

Wednesday (6pm-9pm) and Saturday (8:30am-4pm)

 
3 months

  • A completed undergraduate degree or by permission of the Dean
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Academic Programs.
Domestic Fees | International Fees

DOMESTIC FEES

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

FEES PER PROGRAM

AMOUNT

Tuition

2,499.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

99.96

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $20.32 per month)

60.96

Total

2,659.92

Notes

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

INTERNATIONAL FEES

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

FEES PER PROGRAM

AMOUNT

Tuition

2,499.00

Ancillary fee (4% of tuition)

99.96

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $20.32 per month)

60.96

Total

2,659.92

Notes

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Additional fees apply for student fees, accommodation, food, and personal expenses. To estimate your total student fees and costs, please visit our international student Cost Calculator.

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