EAL Teacher Certificate Program FAQs

English Language Program

The following 'frequently asked questions' about the EAL Teacher Certificate Program (EALTCP) are addressed below:

Why should I become certified in teaching EAL? Can I work in the field without certification?
Experienced EAL teachers without certification requirements may be denied jobs due to lack of certification. Most agencies require that instructors have completed a TESL certification from a TESL Canada accredited institution (such as The University of Winnipeg’s EALTCP). Furthermore, without specialized training, teachers without certification may lack the necessary knowledge required to educate EAL students effectively, thus jeopardizing the education of their students.

More information about finding employment in the field of EAL in Manitoba can be found in the following documents:

1. Working as an EAL Teacher in Manitoba: Employment and Hiring Information

2. EALTCP Supplemental Website – Job Postings

What does the Practicum involve?
The Practicum course consists of 10 hours of classroom observation and 10 hours of classroom teaching in an adult EAL classroom. Please see Practicum Placement Information for more information.

If I am already a certified teacher, am I still required to do a Practicum?
Yes, the practicum is a required part of the program.  There are no exemptions or exceptions made for the practicum; all students must meet the practicum requirements, regardless of their teaching experience. Please note that the practicum is always held in an adult EAL classroom, rather than a youth classroom.

English is not my first language, what are the English requirements for this program?
Trainees who are non-native speakers of English must prove proficiency in English by submitting official documentation for one of the following English proficiency tests before they commence the program:

  • TOEFL Computer based 213 / Paper based 550 and TWE 5 (5.5 is recommended) and TSE 55 (60 is recommended).
  •  TOEFL iBT 80: Overall with a minimum score of 20 in each area.
  •  IELTS 6.5 overall
  •  MELAB 85 / with a speaking test score 4
  •  CanTEST: Listening, Reading, Writing 5; Speaking 4.5
  •  CAEL Band 60 overall, with a min. of 60 in each of the writing and speaking subtests.
  •  High school graduation from a high school in Canada, including minimum English Grade 12 score of 70%.
  •  Completion of an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking university.
  •  Common European Framework: C1

How do I get my certificate?
After completion of the 120-hour EALTCP and the 20 hour practicum placement, an official transcript from The University of Winnipeg will be sent to you.  The certificate will be sent along with the transcript, provided the full tuition has been paid and all program components and documents have been completed and submitted. Students must submit graduation application and all other required documents before graduation will be processed.  Because the grades must be processed by the University Senate after every student has completed his or her Practicum, please allow 4-6 weeks for this administrative process to occur. 

What is TESL Canada?
TESL Canada is a national organization dedicated to advancing communication and coordinating awareness of issues for those concerned with English as a Second Language and English skills development.  The organization promotes advocacy for EAL learners, unifies teachers and learners by providing a forum and network capabilities, supports the sharing of knowledge and experiences across Canada, and represents diverse needs and interests in TESL nationally and internationally.  For more information, visit their website

Can I obtain TESL Canada certification after completing this program?
The Teach Certificate Program is accredited by TESL Canada. Please note that in order to obtain TESL Canada certification, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in addition to The University of Winnipeg's Teacher Certificate Program certification. The University of Winnipeg EALTCP does not apply for the TESL Canada certification for you; it is something you will need to apply for after you have completed the program. Information about applying for TESL Canada certification can be found at

What is the difference between the full-time, part-time, and online program?
The full-time, part-time, and online programs provide the same certification, knowledge, and experience, but the part-time and online programs are designed to be more flexible for students who are not able to study full-time during the day. Courses in the part-time program can be completed in the evenings and on weekends. Courses in the online program are asynchronous, and each module can be completed at leisure throughout the week. Generally all of the part-time courses are offered each term, while 1-2 online courses will be offered each term; a student looking to complete the program quickly, yet in a part-time/online capacity, would require two terms. He or she must complete the program within 5 years of being accepted into it.

The full time program requires approximately 8 full weeks of full time classes during the day, and at least 2 weeks of time to complete the teaching practicum.

In terms of fees, the non-refundable application fee is $100.00, the full time program costs $2250.00, while the part time program is $500 for each class and $250 for the practicum placement, totaling $2350.00.

Can I take the program on a part-time basis?
Yes. Courses are offered in the evenings over a 10 week period. Please click here to view information about the upcoming part-time session.

What if I don't have a university degree or 45 credit hours in a university program?
Questions about requirements will be able reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact the coordinator at 204.789.1484 if you have questions. However, a participant seeking TESL Canada certification must meet TESL Canada standards, which can be found at

Please note: Without a completed University degree, students will not be eligible for TESL Canada certification.

What is the benefit of having TESL Canada certification?
According to the TESL Canada website, the TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards benefit educators by helping ensure that:

  •  TESL training and EAL teaching experience are recognized as main professional measures of Canadian EAL educators
  •  Teaching credentials are recognized not only from province to province but by virtue of their national status, from country to country.
  •  Credentials are recognized by international students when they compare faculty at post-secondary schools and language institutes across Canada before their arrival in Canada. As a result, programs which hire qualified professionals will attract more students.
  •  Qualifications are valued appropriately by government and non-government funders when educators request financial support for awards, scholarships, and projects.

How many hours is this program?
The in-class work 120 hours, divided into 4 classes and a practicum. Each class is 30 hours, and the practicum is 20 hours.

What is the difference between a 120 hour program and a 250 hour program?
The 120 hour program qualifies an educator for the TESL Canada Level I certification, and equips him/her with the formal recognition, skills, and knowledge, to be employable and successful in a Canadian or international EAL classroom. In addition to providing a participant with more exposure to theory and methodology relating to teaching EAL, the 250 hour program allows participants to attain TESL Canada Level II certification, assuming completion of 1500 hours of classroom teaching and an undergraduate degree. However, employers in the field of EAL education seldom select for potential employees based on  TESL Canada certification level.

What is the difference between the EALTCP at The University of Winnipeg, and The CTESL Program at The University of Manitoba?
Both EALTCP and the CTESL Program meet TESL Canada’s requirements for Level 1 certification (under 250 hours TESL training.) There are also the following differences between these programs:

  •  The CTESL Program is 200 hours, and the EALTCP is 140 hours.
  •  The EALTCP can be taken online or in-person, part-time or full-time. The CTESL Program offers part-time in-person class delivery.
  •  The EALTCP has four set courses that students are required to take; the CTESL Program has room for one elective within the program.
  •  The EALTCP offers follow up support, including emailed job postings & professional development opportunities for students.