Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Quick facts

The University of Toronto Woodsworth College Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program: 

  • Prepares graduates to teach English to speakers of other languages, specifically adults, in Canada and around the world;
  • Accredited by the University of Toronto, successful students attend Convocation ceremonies as University of Toronto Certificate Program graduates;
  • Officially recognized by TESL Ontario and by TESL Canada.  

THE TESOL Office is currently closed due to Coronavirus restrictions. However, current students can reach administrative staff by email at tesol@utoronto.ca. 

Please note that the Woodsworth College TESOL certificate is in the process of being permanently phased out.  No new students will be admitted to this program.


The University of Toronto Certificate Program in Teaching English as a Second Language was first offered in 1972 and is one of the finest TESOL programs in Canada.

Praise for the program has been enthusiastic and consistent. The program provides a theoretical and practical base in linguistics, language acquisition and pedagogy designed to prepare graduates to be effective instructors of English as a Second language to adult learners, either in Canada or abroad. Please select Current or Prospective students (above) for more information.


Current TESOL students should contact the TESOL office to discuss their options for completing the program.