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Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language

Advisory note: While the TESL program has a strong online component, students living outside the Fraser Valley or Metro Vancouver Regional Districts are encouraged to look for a TESL program closer to home to have a more supported experience. 

Please visit TESL Canada to find out more about programs near you.


Apply NOW for fall 2023. Entrance to the TESL program is only available in the fall term.



2+ semesters

How to apply

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  • Graduates of the UFV TESL certificate program are eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Standard Two certification.
  • A practicum gives you an opportunity to practice your teaching skills in a supportive environment


Learn to teach English to non-native speakers and earn TESL Canada Professional Standard Two certification.

You can complete the Teaching English as a Second Language program in less than a year. All courses are offered online with multiple face-to-face sessions per semester, scheduled in the early evenings. Distance students can participate by using video conferencing.

Learn the latest techniques from experienced faculty and get valuable teaching practice both in class and during a supervised practicum.

You can take UFV’s TESL certificate program either after or while you complete a bachelor’s degree program.

 TESL 400  Foundations of Second Language Education
 TESL 408  Applied Linguistics in Second Language Education
 TESL 410  Teaching a Second Language
 TESL 420  Curriculum and Assessment in Second Language Education
 TESL 433

 Second Language Education Practicum

See note below about the practicum placement fee

Note: In addition to tuition fees students are required to pay a $250.00 practicum placement fee.

View course descriptions on the UFV calendar

Completion requirements

Completion of a degree program with a cumulative GPA of 2.33 or higher. Completion of courses listed in the program outline (above).

Eligibility for TESL Canada certification

Graduates of the UFV TESL certificate program are eligible to apply for the TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard Two, which is one of the top levels awarded by TESL Canada. Graduates are responsible for applying to TESL Canada for certification.

If you have completed a degree and successfully complete all five TESL courses, you can graduate in less than a year.

You may also choose to enter the TESL program while completing your degree.

Note: If you do not complete courses in the sequence they are offered, you have to wait a year until they will be offered again.


TESL grads can take advantage of exciting teaching opportunities both at home and abroad.

In British Columbia, there is a demand for ESL teachers to help new immigrants learn English. According to WelcomeBC, more than 40,000 immigrants arrive in BC each year, many of them in the larger urban centres of the province.  In addition, more than 150,000 foreign students come to B.C. each year, many to study English.

ESL teachers find jobs in private and public schools, including colleges, high schools, and elementary schools. Employment opportunities also exist in community and friendship centres that welcome immigrants.

Teaching English as a Second Language can also open doors to teaching abroad, with a variety of opportunities available in Asia, Europe, and South America.


  1. Students are required to meet the English language proficiency levels required of all undergraduate students at the University of the Fraser Valley.
  2. For certification, students who apply to the TESL certificate program with a degree in a language other than English are required to meet one of the following requirements (as per TESL Canada requirement for students with a degree from a non-English speaking institution):
    • IELTS Academic 7, TOEFL 101, English 12 with 70% from a Canadian school
    • Permission of the department


This program is open to international students.


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