CTESOL Certificate of Accreditation and Professional Designation

I. Introduction
II. Eligibility Requirements
III. Application Form A-3 and Required Documents
IV. Fees and Method of Payment
V. Application Process Steps
VI. Annual Renewal and Professional Development (PD)
VII. Appeals

 

I. Introduction
CTESOL stands for Canadian Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. CTESOL Certificate of Accreditation and Professional Designation recognizes the certificate holder’s knowledge and skills to teach English in non-publicly funded programs in Ontario, in both private and publicly-funded programs in other Canadian provinces and territories, and in a variety of contexts abroad. CTESOL Certificate holders have access to all benefits of the TESL Ontario membership including all professional development opportunities and member discounts.

A TESL Ontario accredited member may hold either a CTESOL Certificate (the initial level of accreditation) or an OCELT Certificate (the higher level of accreditation). One member cannot be accredited at both levels at the same time.

II. Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for CTESOL accreditation and professional designation, interested individuals should meet the following requirements:

1. Valid Membership: Applicants are required to hold valid membership with a provincial TESL organization:

2. University Degree: Applicants are required to hold a minimum three-year bachelor’s degree, or a graduate degree, from an accredited institution located in Canada or a basic Canadian degree equivalency report if their degree is from an accredited institution located outside Canada. The equivalency report must indicate that the evaluated international degree is equivalent to a minimum three-year bachelor’s degree, or a graduate degree from an accredited institution in Canada.

Degree equivalency reports prepared by any one of the members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) are considered:

3. English Language Proficiency (ELP): Applicants are required to meet one of the following four ELP options:

ELP Option 1: a minimum three-year full-time in-class degree program completed with English as the language of instruction in one of these 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, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

ELP Option 2: a recognized ELP test report indicating the scores specified below:

  • IELTS-Academic Test: Listening: 7,  Reading: 7,  Writing: 7, Speaking: 7
  • CanTEST: Listening: 4.5,  Reading: 4.5,  Writing: 4.5,  Speaking: 4.5
  • CAEL: Listening: 70,  Reading: 70,  Writing: 70,  Speaking: 70
  • TOEFL iBT: Listening: 24,  Reading: 24,  Writing: 27,  Speaking: 24
  • MELAB*: Listening: 87, GCVR: 87,  Writing: 87, Speaking: 4-
    *The MELAB test was discontinued in June 2018. However, TESL Ontario still considers score reports distributed by Michigan Language Assessment.

Please note that 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 have been met. Also, TESL Ontario accepts ELP test reports up to 5 years after the test date. Test reports
older than 5 years are considered on a case-by-case basis.

ELP Option 3: proof of completion of grades 6-12 with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed in Option 1.

ELP Option 4: a minimum three-year online/distance degree program completed with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed in Option 1 and an ELP test report indicating the required levels on speaking and writing skills (as shown in Option 2)

4. Required Training and Practicum: Applicants are required to have completed a recognized training program consisting of at least 100 hours of instruction in theory and methodology courses; at least 10 hours of observation; and at least 10 hours of supervised practice teaching. For information about the training program admission requirements, fees, start dates, end dates, weekly schedules, financial assistance, etc., applicants should contact the training providers directly or visit their websites using the contact information provided here.

III. Application Form A-3 and Required Documents
Interested individuals should mail or deliver the following form and supporting documents to the TESL Ontario Office at TESL Ontario, 27 Carlton Street, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1L2:

  1. Completed and signed Application Form A-3: CTESOL Accreditation & Professional Designation
  2. Proof of current membership with one of the provincial TESL organization listed above
  3. Original or authorized photocopy of university degree (or official degree transcript indicating that the degree has been conferred) from  a university located in Canada OR original or authorized photocopy of Canadian degree equivalency report for degrees obtained from universities located outside Canada
  4. Original or authorized photocopy of  proof of English language proficiency
  5. Original or authorized photocopy of certificate or its official transcript issued by a TESL Ontario recognized CTESOL training provider
  6.  Original or authorized photocopy of documentation to support a legal name change  if all supporting documents are not in the same name,

Getting Photocopies Authorized
Applicants should provide the authorizing party with an accurate photocopy when they show the original document. The authorization should include: full name, title, address, telephone number, signature, date, and a statement to this effect: "This is a true copy of the original."

Photocopies authorized by the individuals/parties listed below are considered:

In Canada: provincial TESL organization staff member (if available), notary public, commissioner of oath, lawyer, senior university/college officer or professor, public school principal, signing officer of a bank, medical doctor, minister of religion, police officer
Outside Canada: Canadian Embassy or Consulate


IV. Fees and Method of Payment 

•    One-time Administration Fee: $135.60 (tax included)
•    Pro-rated Annual Accreditation Fee - maximum $90.40* (tax included)
     * Pro-rated accreditation fee covers the period starting from the month CTESOL accreditation and professional designation are awarded
       to the applicant’s current provincial membership renewal month- a maximum of 12 months. Once the accreditation application is
       approved, the applicant is notified of the exact amount of the pro-rated fee by email.
      

Fees are payable to TESL Ontario and can be paid by personal cheque, credit card, or cash (in person). All fees are non-refundable.


V. Application Process Steps

  1. Print and fill out the Application Form A-3: CTESOL Accreditation & Professional Designation
  2. Mail or deliver the completed Application Form A-3, the required supporting documents, and the administration fee of $135.60 to TESL Ontario at 27 Carlton Street, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1L2. We strongly recommend that you not mail original degrees, certificates or other irreplaceable documents. Instead, mail authorized photocopies of those documents.
  3. In a maximum of four to six weeks from the date your application package is received, it is reviewed and you are notified of the results by email. If your application is approved, you are also notified of the exact amount of the pro-rated annual accreditation fee at the same time.
  4. Once the pro-rated fee is received, the TESL Ontario CTESOL Certificate of Accreditation and Professional Designation is issued and mailed to you. The renewal due date is recorded on the certificate.

Please note:
For operational reasons, the application processing time may be extended as necessary. Also, additional documentation or information beyond the requirements outlined above may be requested. All submitted information and documents are kept confidential. We strongly recommend that you keep photocopies of all submitted forms and documents for your own records. The requirements of CTESOL accreditation and professional designation application may change without notice. If you do not meet all of the requirements of CTESOL accreditation application, you will be notified of the additional steps you should take by email.


VI. Annual Renewal and Professional Development (PD)
The CTESOL Certificate of Accreditation and Professional Designation is valid for 12 months from the month of approval. The renewal due date is recorded on the certificate. Also, TESL Ontario emails you a renewal reminder with detailed instructions approximately 6 weeks prior to your renewal due date. The CTESOL accreditation annual renewal fee is $90.40 (payable to TESL Ontario).

To be eligible for CTESOL accreditation renewal, certificate holders are required to engage in at least 10 hours of PD activities per accreditation year (a period of 12 months starting from the accreditation approval month). Also, at the time of renewal, proof of current membership in a provincial TESL association must be provided.

Please be advised that 10% of renewals due in every given month are selected randomly and receive a PD Audit Notice approximately 6 weeks prior to their renewal due date. The selected individuals are required to submit (mail, fax, email, or deliver) their proof of PD to TESL Ontario by their renewal due date to be eligible for accreditation renewal. A one-month grace period is granted if the required PD is not submitted by the renewal due date. At the end of the grace period, CTESOL accreditation lapses if PD is still outstanding. For information on how to get expired CTESOL accreditation reinstated, please click here.


VII. Appeals
Any applicant who is denied accreditation shall have the right to appeal the decision within three months from the date the decision is made. Please be aware that the degree and English language proficiency (ELP) requirements of accreditation 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.