English Language Program
ESL Teacher Certificate Program (ESLTCP)
The ESL TCP is a University of Winnipeg certificate program for individuals who would like to teach English as an additional language to adults. It is offered on a full and part-time basis in class, as well as online. In order to receive a certificate, students must complete the following:
- 120 hours of TESL theory and methodology (delivered in a classroom or online format)
- 10 hours of observation in an ESL classroom
- 10 hours of teaching in a supervised practicum
The ESLTCP is meant for individuals who:
- Are currently teaching ESL but have had little education in the field
- Have switched into English language teaching from other subjects
- Wish to upgrade their ESL teaching skills
- Would like to begin a new vocation in teaching ESL
- Would like to teach abroad
The University of Winnipeg's ESL Teacher Certificate Program is fully accredited with TESL Canada. The ESLTCP is eligible for Professional Certificate Standard One. For questions about this accreditation, please check with the TESL Canada website at teslcanada.ca
If you have general program questions, our registration office is open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday to assist you. The office is located in Room 1C15, Centennial Hall, 515 Portage Avenue.. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with the program coordinator, please email email@example.com, or call 789-1484. Also, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information about the program, please view our Student Handbook [PDF].
For information on teaching EAL in Manitoba, please click here.
Delivery Modes of the ESL Teacher Certificate Program
Students can take the course work for the ESL Teacher Certificate Program in one of three delivery modes: full time, part time, or online. Students can choose to switch between delivery models.
The full-time program is offered four times/year (fall, winter, spring, and summer). Classes are held in an intensive format during the day, from 9am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. Students generally take all four classes together in the full time program. Classes are held in person at The University of Winnipeg.
The part-time program is offered three times/year (fall, winter, and spring). Classes are held in the evenings from 6pm - 9pm. One course is held once/week for three hours over the 10 weeks. Students generally take 1-2 classes/term in the part time program. Classes are held in person at The University of Winnipeg.
The online program is offered three times/year (fall, winter, and spring). There is no set schedule for class time, but students must complete one module/week over the 10 weeks a class runs. Students generally take 1 class/term in the online program.
Tuition: Application fee:$110.00. Each course within the ESL Teacher Certificate Program costs $500, regardless of the delivery model. For the full program, consisting of 4 courses, tuition fees total $2000. The practicum placement fee is an additional $250, and can be paid when the student registers for the placement. Payment plans are available.
ESL Teacher Certificate Program - Level II Certification
The English Language Program department within the University of Winnipeg is currently in the process of developing a program supplement to the ESL Teacher Certificate Program. When completed (TBA), this supplement will allow EAL teachers with TESL Canada Level 1 certification (equivalent) from any institution to be eligible for TESL Canada Level 2 certification (equivalent). This program involves completion of five of the following courses:
- Teaching English for Specific Purposes
- Content-Based Language Teaching
- Advanced Grammar Structures and Pedagogy
- Experiential and Service Learning
- EAL and Literacy
- Independent Project in TESL
For more information about this program, please click here.
Summer 2016 Intensive Program
Dates: Monday, July 4th - Friday, July 29th, 2016
These 4 weeks of classes involve 120 hours of classroom instruction (methodology, grammar, workshops). Classes run Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm.
NOTE: Practicum placement for summer program will be made on the first come, first serve basis. There is no guarantee for practicum placement in summer session.
Fall 2016 Program
The next fall full time program starts on September 12, 2016 and runs for 7 weeks until October 28, 2016. The practicum placement takes place after the 2 weeks of in class theory and methodology is complete, and the schedule is flexible; however, please allow for a minimum of two weeks following the program to complete this requirement. For information about our full time program, click here.
The next fall session of part-time classes starts the week of September 12th, 2016. Classes run for 10 weeks, and are held once/week from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Please note that part-time classes are offered on rotating basis, and not all are available each term. For information about our part time program, click here.
The next session of online classes starts the week of September 12th, 2016. Classes run for 10 weeks, and students must complete one module/week during this period. Please note that online classes are offered on rotating basis, and not all are available each term. For more information on the online program, please click here.
Transfer of Credit to Programs at The University of Winnipeg
Students who complete the ESLTCP and are currently in The University of Winnipeg's Bachelor of Education program will be eligible to transfer six credit hours toward their Bachelor of Education degree. Three of these credit-hours will be counted as a course equivalency for Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (course #15.4102/3) and three credit-hours will count as unallocated credit.
University of Winnipeg students who have completed Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (course #15.4102/3) may register for the ESLTCP. While they will not be eligible to transfer the full six credit hours to their Bachelor of Education degree, they will be eligible to transfer the three hours of unallocated credit towards their degree.
For students who have completed Introduction to TESL and who register for the ESLTCP, there will be some repetition in terms of theory and methods.
UW students in other faculties who successfully complete the ESL Teacher Certificate Program will be eligible to transfer six (6) credits hours to their UW degree. Three hours (3) will be accredited to Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)(EDUC-4102/3) and three hours (3) be will accredited as an unallocated Education credit at the 4000 level.
Please see http://uwinnipeg.ca/future-student/requirements/transfer.html for information on how to transfer your credit hours. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any more questions about transferring credit.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process at the University of Winnipeg’s ESL TCP helps you figure out what you already know and what you need to know to get where you're going. Through this process the University of Winnipeg’s ESL TCP offers to help you analyze your education and learning experience and determine what you need to reach your goal of teaching ESL. We take into account your education as a whole, including the knowledge and skills you have gained through your teaching career. Through demonstration of your knowledge and skills, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your ESL TCP certificate.
If you want to explore this process further, please contact the coordinator of ESL TCP PLAR. The coordinator will help you to evaluate your prior learning, discuss your educational goals, and identify courses you may wish to challenge for credit.
You may contact the coordinator by email at email@example.com or by phone 204.789.1484.
Mail: 515 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Program Coordinator office address: Unit 5, 471 Portage Ave, Main floor of Rice Building.
Program Assistant office address: Room 1C15, Centennial Hall, 515 Portage Ave.