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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)*

Degree Undergraduate Diploma
Faculty Faculty of Education
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location and online
Start dates Fall
Length Two semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
Photo for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)*
Graduates of this post-baccalaureate undergraduate diploma program will be prepared to teach English to adults both in Canada (in privately and publicly-funded institutions) as well as in a variety of institutions overseas.

General information

Students in the TESOL diploma program will earn a post-baccalaureate diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Ontario Tech University and a TESL certificate from TESL Ontario. Graduates will be able to teach English to adults both in Canada (in privately and publicly-funded institutions) as well as in a variety of institutions overseas. Graduates will be eligible to teach in publicly funded programs in Ontario only once they have applied for the TESL Ontario accredited membership and have been approved for the TESL Ontario Adult ESL Teacher Certificate of Accreditation.

*This program will not be running during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Additional information

Faculty of Education - TESOL program

Admission requirements

To successfully apply to the TESOL diploma program, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Hold a three-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • If your mother tongue or first language is not English, you will be required to give evidence of your oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Demonstrate personal suitability for the program as determined via supporting documentation, which will include responses in essay format to three questions as part of the online application process.

An interview may be required as part of the application process.

Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off N/A
Expected cut-off Low-70s

How to apply

You may submit an application online via our TESOL Diploma Application Form.

Program curriculum

Sample courses:

  • Mobile Teaching and Learning
  • Professionalism
  • Practicum
  • Reflective Practioner
  • Socio-Culural Contexts

A full program map is available on the Faculty of Education website.

Experiential learning

A 50-hour practicum has been incorporated into the TESOL diploma program at Ontario Tech University. This includes 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of practice teaching.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this program will be qualified to teach in any publicly-funded (government-sponsored) language class or job-specific language-training programs. They will also be qualified to teach in many private language schools or tutoring programs. Finally, graduates will be qualified to teach English in a wide variety of international contexts (private or public language schools, post-secondary institutions, corporate programs), as well in online language schools that link qualified teachers with students in other countries through video-conferencing.
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