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Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

York University students may earn a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in addition to fulfilling the requirements for a bachelor's degree. To qualify for admission to the Certificate in TESOL, students must have successfully completed at least 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (C). The certificate will also be open to students who have been granted a bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (C) or equivalent. All applicants will be required to submit a supplementary application, which will include a statement of purpose.

Students may begin the program in either May or September. The application deadline for May entry is March 31, and the application deadline for September entry is June 30. Late applications for either entry will be considered, but space may be limited. Those entering in May can complete certificate requirements in one calendar year. Those entering in September normally require two years to complete certificate requirements.

Continuing students may pick up an application form from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and students who hold a bachelor's degree should contact the Office of Admissions for an application form.

The certificate requires the successful completion of 30 credits as follows:

  • AS/LING 1000 6.0 or AS/LING 2060 6.0;
  • AS/LING 3240 3.0;
  • AS/LING 3600 3.0;
  • AS/LING 3160 3.0;
  • three credits chosen from the following: AS/LING 2110 3.0, AS/LING 2400 3.0, AS/LING 2430 3.0, or AS/LING 2450 3.0;
  • ED/TESL 3200 6.0;
  • ED/TESL 3300 6.0.

Continuing students must successfully complete a bachelor's degree (90 credits) or an Honours bachelor's degree (120 credits) in order to be awarded the certificate. 18 of the 30 credits required for the certificate in TESOL will be counted towards the bachelor's degree and the 12 credits taken in the Faculty of Education will be in addition to the total number of credits required for the bachelor's degree or the Honours bachelor's degree.

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree may be exempted from a maximum of 12 of the required 30 credits, if equivalent courses have been successfully completed. Exemptions will not be given for the following required courses: AS/LING 3600 3.0, ED/TESL 3200 6.0, and ED/TESL 3300 6.0.

Further information about the Certificate in TESOL is available from the coordinator of the TESOL program or from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

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