Opportunities abound in teaching second languages. If you are teaching or want to teach second languages in Canada or abroad, our flexible online certificate programs are ideal for you. These programs offer an innovative curriculum delivered by university-calibre experts.
If you are a new or aspiring teacher looking for immediate classroom application, here or abroad, start with a Level 1 certificate. It will give you the fundamentals of teaching second languages, classroom basics and knowledge of teaching skills and systems to work in the field with confidence.
If you want to gain a more in-depth understanding of language theory and expand upon practical classroom skills, you can take the four required courses from TSL Level 1 plus four additional Level 2 courses. This will provide 250 hours of comprehensive study for those wanting to proceed to the next level of competencies in the TSL field.
The Teaching Second Language Certificate – Level 2 – specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language meets the needs of teachers looking beyond the fundamentals to more in-depth study.
Other Teaching Second Language Certificates include:
- Teaching English as a Second Language – Level 1
- Teaching International and Heritage Languages – Level 1
- Teaching International and Heritage Languages – Level 2
Wondering how to get started?
Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
This certificate is offered completely online with the exception of the optional TSL practicum.
Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.
In most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams contribute to your final letter-grade mark. You should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.
Before taking your first online course, you are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.
All Continuing Education certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Online programming allows you to complete this program at a pace that can fit your needs and schedule.
The Teaching Second Language Certificate – Level 2 – specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language is a 130-hour program. It is possible to add an optional 20-hour Teaching Practicum.
This interactive program can be completed in approximately one to two years entirely online from anywhere with a reliable Internet connection. Intake is year round and courses can be taken in any order unless noted otherwise.
To learn if fast tracking is an option for this program, please call to speak to a student advisor.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.
A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program. However, a degree (with any major) recognized in Canada is required for TESL Canada professional certification.Apply for Certificate Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 80 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing, click here.
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 120 hours for this certificate.
Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. Register online or by calling 403-220-2952. Some restrictions may apply (i.e. all courses must take place within the current academic year).
Note: BMC 352 Learning Online is not eligible for the discount.
The Teaching Second Languages Certificate specializing in English as a Second Language, Levels 1 and 2, can be applied toward TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standards 1 and 2, providing students have passed the ESL teaching practicum. It is important to note that TESL Canada certification requires candidates have a university degree with any major recognized in Canada.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.
View our Graduation page for details.
Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
Continuing Education Student and Registration Services
Phone: 403-220-2952 or 1-866-220-4992