TESL Trainer/PTCT Instructor Approval Application

Introduction

The TESL Ontario TESL Trainer Certificate is for individuals who would like to work as a TESL instructor, a TESL practicum supervisor, and/or a TESL program academic coordinator for the TESL Ontario accredited TESL training providers. The TESL Ontario Post TESL Certificate Training (PTCT) Instructor Certificate is for those would like to teach PTCT courses.

You may apply for certification in one or more TESL Trainer roles and/or one or more PTCT content areas.

Applicants are not required to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.


Required Qualifications 

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Valid TESL Ontario Membership: Applicants are required to hold valid TESL Ontario standard membership or certified membership (OCELT & ICTEAL or CTESOLprior to submiting their TESL Trainer/PTCT Instructor certification application. You can apply for "New Standard Membership" or "Standard Membership Renewal" at https://www.teslontario.org/members/signup 

2. University Degree: 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), such as

3. 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 
         application date:
         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)
 
4. Education in TESL:

For Theory Instructor, Academic Coordinator, and PTCT Instructor Roles: Master's degree or PhD in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition, adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.
 

For Methodology Instructor and Practicum Supervisor Roles:

  • Option 1: A minimum three-year Bachelor's degree (or a Master's degree or PhD) in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition, adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.
     
  • Option 2: a minimum three-year Bachelor's degree (or a Master's degree or PhD) in any field plus the TESL Ontario Certificate of Accreditation -OCELT Level, or a TESL certificate from a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program (OCELT Level), or documented TESL training which equates to or exceeds training included in a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program (OCELT Level).

5. CLB and PBLA Training for Methodology Instructor, Practicum Supervisor, Academic Coordinator

  • The CLB Bootcamp is a 10-hour self-directed online course that is available free of charge.

  • The PBLA training is an 18- to 20-hour self-directed online course that is available free of change.

    For detailed instructions on how to self-enroll in these courses, please click here. If you have any questions about the CLB Bootcamp or encounter any technical issues, please contact CCLB directly at support@language.ca

6. Adult ESL Teaching Experience for Methodology Instructor, Practicum Supervisor, Academic Coordinator, and PTCT Instructor Roles:

A minimum of 2000 hours of documented experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada

7. TESL Teaching Experience for Practicum Supervisor and Academic Coordinator Roles:

A minimum of 120 hours of documented experience teaching theory and/or methodology courses in TESL training programs accredited by TESL Ontario

8. Experience in Providing Professional Development or In-service Training for PTCT Instructor Role:

A minimum of 200 hours of documented experience providing professional development or in-service training to adult ESL teachers in the selected PTCT content area/s:

  • How to teach occupation specific language training courses
  • How to teach standardized test preparation courses
  • How to teach pronunciation
  • How to teach English for Academic Purposes
  • How to use technology in teaching and learning (Ed Tech)
  • How to teach advanced grammar

9. PTCT-related Expertise and Training for PTCT Instructor Role: Proven expertise and documented extensive training in the selected PTCT content area/s.

Application Form A-5 & Required Supporting Documents

Please email a PDF scan of the completed Application Form A-5 and PDF scans of your original supporting documents to accreditation@teslontario.org. Approved applicants may be requested to mail or deliver the original supporting documents or their authorized photocopies to the TESL Ontario Office at a later date.

All documents must be in English. Documents in other languages are not accepted.

Proof of legal name change (e.g., marriage certificate, Legal Name Change document) in English or a certified translation is required if any of your documentation is under a different name than the one you are applying under.

Documents Required for Theory Instructor Role

Documents Required for Methodology Instructor Role

Documents Required for Practicum Supervisor Role

Documents Required for Academic Coordinator Role

Documents Required for PTCT Instructor Role

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  1. Proof of current TESL Ontario membership- Please write down your TESL Ontario membership number on the application form (Form A-5). 
     
  2. A university degree (or official transcript) in any discipline from Canada OR equivalency report if earned outside Canada
     
  3. A language proficiency test report and/or evidence of education in English (as outlined above)
     
  4. Proof of education in TESL (official degree transcript and, if applicable, official certificate transcript)
     
  5. CLB Bootcamp Certificate & Introduction to PBLA Training Certificate from the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
     
  6. Official confirmation letter/s (on letterhead, signed, and dated) from your employer/s attesting to a minimum of 2000 hours of experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada
     
  7. Official confirmation letter/s (on letterhead, signed, and dated) from your employer/s attesting to a minimum of 120 hours of experience teaching theory and/or methodology courses in TESL training programs accredited by TESL Ontario
     
  8. Official confirmation letter/s (on letterhead, signed, and dated) from your employer/s attesting to a minimum of 200 hours of experience providing professional development or in-service training to adult English teachers in the selected PTCT content area/s
     
  9. Proof of expertise and extensive training specific to the selected PTCT content area/s (e.g., certificates, diplomas, and degree transcripts)

Administration Fee and Method of Payment 

Administration Fee:$141.25 (incl. tax) for first-time application or $84.75 (incl. tax) for a subsequent application
All fees are non-refundable.

Method of PaymentPlease provide your phone number on the application form. A TESL Ontario staff member will reach out to you

during regular business hours to collect your payment information and process the applicable fee. 

Application Process Steps

  1. Print and fill out Application Form A-5
  1. Email a PDF scans of the completed Application Form A-5 and required supporting documents to accreditation@teslontario.org
     
  2. TESL Ontario will send you an email confirming the receipt of your electronic submissions in one to two business days.
     
  3. 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
    approved.

    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. F
    ollow the instructions in the approval email to order your certificate through the TESL Ontario online Registry. Once ordered, your certificate is emailed to you immediately. If you encounter any technical issues, please contact TESL Ontario at administration@teslontario.org.

Through this application process, you may be approved for one or more TESL trainer roles or PTCT content areas depending on your documented qualifications at the time of application. To apply for approval for more TESL trainer roles or PTCT content areas, you may submit a subsequent application.

Please Note:

  • 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.
  • The hiring requirements of TESL programs and PTCT providers may go beyond the TESL Ontario TESL trainer and PTCT instructor certification requirements.

Any applicant who is denied the TESL Ontario accreditation/approval shall have the right to appeal the decision to the TESL Ontario Appeals Committee within three months from the date the decision has been made. Please be aware that the degree and English language proficiency (ELP) requirements of the TESL Ontario accreditation/ approval are "non-appealable" requisites. For details about filing an appeal, please go to Appeals.

Questions? Please contact TESL Ontario by email at accreditation@teslontario.org or by phone at 416-593-4243, Ext. 205.