Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
York University students may earn a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concurrent with fulfillment of 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 4.00 (C). The certificate is also open to students who have been granted a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average of 4.00 (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.
As there are a limited number of spaces available in the certificate in TESOL, meeting the minimum requirements for application will not guarantee admission to the certificate program.
Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards
The certificate requires the successful completion of 30 credits as follows:
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: AP/LING 3600 3.00, ED/TESL 3200 6.00 and ED/TESL 3300 6.00.
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.