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Teaching English as a Second Language

Earn your TESL credential with this ONLINE program accredited by TESL Canada

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Learn to teach language and plan lessons effectively

Teach English to newcomers or teach English abroad with confidence and the power of your TESL credential. The University of Manitoba’s TESL program includes intensive online training followed by an in-class practicum. Learn online from anywhere and put your knowledge into practice at a practicum near you, in a real ESL classroom setting.

Change your career

Add a university credential to your resume. Open yourself up to new insights on the English language, and to new opportunities to make a difference. Change your career.

Apply your learning in the classroom

The practicum course includes 20 hours in class, 10 hours of classroom observation, and 10 hours of classroom teaching in an Adult ESL setting near you. Arranging a practicum is a great way to get your foot in the door, make professional connections, and gain experience somewhere you might like to work. Consider the possibilities in your area and we will work together to arrange your practicum.

Student Handbook

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
an Extended Education at the University of Manitoba program

TESL Info sheet

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
an Extended Education at the University of Manitoba program

A word from an instructor

“Teaching English is about more than speaking it. The program’s practicum is very important, to build on your learning and experience. Students must get a feel for the classroom, and create strategies for interacting with students face-to-face so they can polish their teaching skills. We consider what it means to study and learn a language.”

Tatiana Galetcaia
Instructor, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Understand language and learners

Understand where your learners are coming from and anticipate their questions. Consider the structure and use of the English language. Determine the right way to correct your students and provide constructive feedback. Explore how to structure your lessons with a proven approach to avoid confusing your students.

Program Length

210 hours
8 required courses
Can be completed in a minimum of 4 terms (15 months) to a maximum of 5 years.


$100 registration fee
Less than $2,000 in total course fees

Language Requirement

If your first language is not English, you must submit an acknowledgement form with your application. If your primary language is not English, you must provide proof of English language proficiency with your registration as per University of Manitoba entrance requirements.

Language Requirement Acknowledgement Form

TESL Canada Certification

The TESL program is accredited by TESL Canada. In order to obtain TESL Canada certification, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree in addition to the University of Manitoba’s Letter of Accomplishment in Teaching English as a Second Language. If you do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, you may be admitted to the program but must submit the acknowledgement form with your application. Additional information can be found at

Undergraduate Degree – Acknowledgement Form

Course Schedule

Fall 2019TESL 0100Fundamentals of Teaching English as Second Language (OL – 30 hrs)
TESL 0110 Teaching in Practice: Grammar Fundamentals (OL – 12 hrs)
Winter 2020TESL 0120Teaching in Practice: Speaking and Listening (OL – 12 hrs)
TESL 0130Teaching in Practice: Reading and Vocabulary (OL – 12 hrs)
TESL 0140Assessment and Evaluation (OL – 12 hrs)

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

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