Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Q: How long will it take to complete the program?

A: The program can be completed in 8 months if you successfully complete four courses per term beginning in September. Many students complete the program in 8 months, however, since space in individual courses is limited, completion in 8 months cannot be guaranteed.

Q: Can I do the program part time?

A: Yes! If you study part time (less than 4 courses per term) you could complete the program in 12-16 months. You have up to 6 years (from date of admission) to complete the certificate.

Q: When are the classes?

A: Courses are offered during the afternoon and evening. Each course has a class of at least 3 hours once per week in the fall and winter term. It is possible to complete the certificate taking only night classes (but it would take longer than eight months, and you might have to do your practice teaching during the day).

Q: What does the program consist of?

A: You will be taking 8 half credit courses to end up with 4 full credits. The program consists of 265 lecture hours plus additional workshops, and a 50-hour practicum (20 hours of practice teaching and 30 hours of observing).

Q: Do we have to arrange for the practicum placement or will U of T?

A: The TESOL program arranges the practicum placements for students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (Adult ESL program).  The majority of placements are during the day (9 am – 2:30 pm). There are some evening/Saturday placements available during the Fall/Winter sessions. With the permission of the practicum course coordinator, students can arrange their own placements.

Q: Where am I able to work after I graduate?

A: Graduates of our program are qualified to teach adults English language both in Canada and abroad.

Teaching in Canada
Both the provincial and federal professional associations, TESL Ontario and TESL Canada, certify our program. For graduates planning to work in Canada you are able to teach in:

  • Boards of Education (non-credit, Adult Education) and Community Centres
    • Programs for immigrants (permanent residents), refugees and citizens adjusting to life in Canada
    • Pay: approximately $40-$45 per contact hour
  • Private language schools
    • Programs for international students studying English for academic, professional or experiential reasons; in Canada temporarily
    • Pay: approximately $15-$25 per contact hour
  • Colleges
    • Programs for both immigrants (permanent residents), refugees, citizens and international students studying English
    • Pay: approximately $40-$80 per contact hour
  • Universities
    • Programs for international students studying English, usually intending to complete degree studies in Canada
    • Pay: approximately $60 per contact hour
    • University ESOL programs usually require classroom teaching experience

The TESOL workplace is very competitive.  You need to start researching work options and making contacts as soon as you decide to enter the field.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of all the options of the Woodsworth TESOL program and the University of Toronto offer: volunteering and mentoring opportunities, content workshops, career workshops, the Career Centre, counselling, etc.

Job postings and information can be found at TESL professional association sites. For Ontario, start with TESOL Ontario and check as well with the local affiliates (TESL Toronto, TESL Hamilton-Wentworth, TESL London, etc.).

For other places in Canada, start with TESL Canada and then check the provincial TESL or TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language) professional associations.

Teaching Overseas
The University of Toronto, Woodsworth College TESOL Certificate is highly regarded around the world, and you will find many opportunities to teach in Asia and the Middle East and, to a lesser degree, Latin America and Europe.

Our graduates have found job posting or work overseas through the following organizations but there are many more!

Q: Is there job placement after the program?

A: We have many services available to assist graduates of the TESOL program in finding work. Students are given access to a website that lists any current job postings that our office receives. You are also encouraged to use the U of T Career Centre, which has hundreds of job listings. Our office also holds a career information evening with potential employers twice a year.

What does the University of Toronto TESOL program mean when they say they offer a post-baccalaureate certificate? Is this a Masters program?

The TESOL program offered at the University of Toronto is not a masters or graduate-level program. A post-baccalaurete certificate is a particular kind of credential that adheres to the University’s policy on Certificate programs. Our program is an official UofT program, and falls under the category of Post-baccalaureate certificates (stand-alone, for-credit). This means that the program is overseen by the University and follows the Policy on Certificates (For-Credit and Not-For-Credit). To read more about the process you can review the Announcement from the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs as well as the Governing Council Document outlining the requirements and oversight of Post-baccalaureate Certificates.

What is the difference between the TESOL Certificate program offered through Woodsworth College and the TEFL Online program offered through OISE’s School of Continuing studies? Are they related?

These programs are completely separate.

The TEFL Online program is administered by a private company called Teach Away and is not an official UofT Certificate program, as the University’s Governing Council does not oversee it, and graduates do not convocate with other UofT students.

The TESOL certificate program administered through Woodsworth College is an official UofT certificate program taught by UofT instructors, and our graduates convocate with the rest of the UofT degree students. Our program is accredited by the professional associations TESL Canada and TESL Ontario, which regularly review our program annually to ensure we maintain the highest standards in ESOL teacher training.

For more information on what determines an official University certificate program, please read the Vice Provost’s statement on Certificate programs at the University of Toronto.

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