OCELT stands for Ontario Certified English Language Teacher. OCELT Certificate and Professional Designation recognizes that
a certificate holder has the knowledge and skills required for teaching English to adult learners in all publicly funded and private
programs in Ontario, other Canadian provinces and territories, and abroad. ICTEAL stands for Internationally Certified Teacher of
English as an Additional Language. ICTEAL Certificate and Professional Designation recognizes the certificate holder’s knowledge
and skills to teach English in other countries.
Applicants are not required to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
You must have the following qualifications to be eligible for OCELT & ICTEAL Certificates and Professional Designations:
1. University Education: a three or four year bachelor’s degree, or a master's degree, or a PhD from an accredited institution located
in Canada, OR a degree deemed equivalent by a member agency of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC),
- World Education Services (WES), Ontario
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS), Ontario
- Comparative Education Service (CES), Ontario
2. English Language Proficiency (ELP) demonstrated in one of four ways:
a) A three or four year full-time in-class bachelor's degree completed with English as the language of instruction in one of the following
countries: Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin
Islands, Cayman Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nigeria, New Zealand, Republic of
Ireland, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and
Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
b) Minimum acceptable scores/bands from a TESL Ontario recognized ELP test taken within three years of the TESL Ontario Certification
- IELTS-Academic Test: Listening: 7, Reading: 7, Writing: 7, Speaking: 7
- CAEL-At a Test Centre: Listening: 70, Reading: 70, Writing: 70, Speaking: 70
- CAEL Online : Listening: 70, Reading: 70, Writing: 70, Speaking: 70
- TOEFL iBT: Listening: 24, Reading: 24, Writing: 27, Speaking: 26
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition:Listening: 24, Reading: 24, Writing: 27, Speaking: 26
TESL Ontario accepts a combination of two test reports (for the same ELP test taken twice or for two different ELP tests) indicating
that all required scores/bands have been obtained. Also, TESL Ontario accepts ELP test reports up to three years after the test date.
Test reports older than three years are considered on a case-by-case basis.
c) Evidence of grades 6-12 completed with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed in (a)
d) A three or four year online/distance bachelor's degree completed with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries
listed in (a) and an ELP test report indicating speaking and writing results as shown in (b)
3. TESL Training: TESL Ontario accredited training consisting of at least 250 hours of instruction in TESL theory and methodology, at
least 30 hours of observation, and at least 20 hours of supervised practice teaching.
Application Form & Required Supporting Documents
Please email a scan of the completed application form and scans of your original supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Approved applicants may be requested to mail or deliver the original copies or authorized photocopies of their supporting documents to the TESL Ontario Office at a later date.
Application Form A-1 (Print and fill out.)
A university degree (or official transcript) in any discipline from Canada OR equivalency report if earned outside Canada
A language proficiency test report and/or evidence of education in English (as outlined above)
TESL certificate (or official transcript) from a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program
If applicable, proof of legal name change (e.g., marriage certificate, Legal Name Change document) in English or
a certified translation. This is only required if any of your documentation is under a different name than the one
you are applying under.
(only for graduates of programs listed below) Proof of successful completion of practicum:
TESL Program: Brock University's B.A. (Hons.) Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Subsequent Language OR TESL Certificate Program (post B.A. or B.Sc.)- Proof of Practicum: Transcript showing completion of LING4P80 (not 4P81) or LING0P80/LING4N80. A confirmation letter may be required in some cases.
TESL Program: University of Saskatchewan's CERTESL Program- Proof of Practicum: Transcript showing TESL 42 - Supervised Practicum AND letter from the Certifications Admin Office documenting the practicum additional hours module
TESL Program: Carleton University's M.A. Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies- Proof of Practicum: Transcript showing completion of ALDS5205 and ALDS5806, OR ALDS5215; OR confirmation letter indicating the completion of the practicum
Fees* and Method of Payment
For applicants with current TESL Ontario standard membership:
- Administration Fee: $125.00 + HST
- Pro-rated Certification Fee** - maximum $82.00 + HST
For all other applicants:
- Administration Fee: $125.00 + HST
- Annual certified Membership Fee: $158.00 + HST
*All fees are non-refundable.
**The pro-rated certification fee covers the period starting from the certification approval date to the existing standard membership
Method of Payment: Please provide your phone number on the application form. A TESL Ontario staff member will reach out to you
during regular business hours for payment information. We will complete processing your application after receiving payments.
Application Process Steps
- Print and fill out Application Form A-1.
Email a scan of the completed Application Form A-1 and scans of the required supporting documents to email@example.com
TESL Ontario will send you an email confirming the receipt of your electronic submissions in one to two business days.
In four to six weeks from the date of the receipt of your documents:
a) Your application package is reviewed, and if all required documents are in place, it is approved. If any required documentation is missing, you will be notified by email. Once you have submitted the missing pieces, your application is
b) Next, a TESL Ontario staff member calls you for payment information, processes the applicable fees, and sends
you confirmation of payment by email.
c) Finally, TESL Ontario notifies you of your certification approval by email.
Follow the instructions in the approval email to order your OCELT and ICTEAL Certificates through the TESL Ontario online
Registry. Once ordered, both certificates are emailed to you immediately. If you encounter any technical issues, please contact TESL Ontario
If you are a new TESL Ontario member, you will receive your membership card in the mail in three to four weeks from the
certification approval date.
- For operational reasons, TESL Ontario reserves the right to extend the application processing time, as necessary.
- TESL Ontario may request additional documentation beyond the requirements described above.
- All submitted documentation and information will be kept confidential.
- The standards and requirements of certification application are reviewed by the TESL Ontario Accreditation Standards Committee on a regular basis and are updated, as necessary.
Questions? Please contact TESL Ontario by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-593-4243, Ext. 205.