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TESL: Teaching English as Second Language (BEd)


B.Ed. Specialization (120 credits)

The B.Ed. Specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language is a 120-credit program that leads to a permanent provincial teacher certification. Quebec certification is valid in other Canadian provinces and territories, subject to satisfying some additional requirements. Teachers of ESL are considered to be in the second most-wanted category of teachers (after teachers of math and science) in the province and graduates often have several job offers on graduation. The program includes a practicum at the adult level, done in the first year of the program, and four day-time internships in three different terms.

For the past several years, there has been an increasing demand in Qu├ębec for qualified teachers of Spanish as a third language. Qualified students admitted to the B. Ed. in TESL may take courses in Spanish and obtain the "capacity" to the teach Spanish as a third language recognized by a school board or private school.

TESL Course Calendar

Program Overview

Who Should Apply?

This program is offered program offered to expert speakers of English who have at least a working knowledge of French. This program is designed for students wishing to teach in elementary and secondary schools.

Program Structure
The program requires 120 credits of core and elective courses. The core courses involve a stimulating and well-balanced group of selections from three areas: theory courses, method courses, and internships. The internships are undertaken in elementary, secondary and adult level classes. The program has a strong emphasis on language learner development.


Application deadlines

Applications will be accepted from December 1st to March 1st.

Admission requirements

Applicants residing in the Province of Quebec must have completed CEGEP. Those applying from out of province must have completed high school. Mature students are those who have not attended CEGEP and who do not fulfil the normal academic requirements. If you fall into this category, please contact Student Academic Services at 514-848-2424 ext. 2104 to request information regarding admission as a Mature Student..

How to apply


External Applicants

Non-Concordia students, Independent Students, students in Certificate or Graduate programs at Concordia

Internal Applicants

Students currently enrolled in a Bachelors degree at Concordia
Fill out the General Undergraduate Application via There is a $100 fee. Read and follow instructions in how to APPLY FOR DEGREE TRANSFER . There is a $40 fee.
Fill out the Additional Information form (PDF) and upload it to your file via the Application Centre in MyConcordia.
Have 3 referees (2 academic, 1 work-related) print out and complete a letter of recommendation and reference form. Referees can mail the forms to Concordia University Admissions Application Centre, P.O. Box 2900, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 2S2, or bring it to Birks Student Service Centre Room LB-185, J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, Quebec.


Take the 45-minute English Composition Placement Test. This test is free and is offered on a drop-in basis. For dates check the English Department Placement Testing Schedule.

Candidates can take the test after the March 1st deadline. It is strongly advised to take the test as early as possible as this will delay a decision being made on your application.

Graduating Students
PLEASE NOTE: If you are in your last year at Concordia University and will be graduating at the end of this academic year, you are considered to be an external applicant and must re-apply to the University by completing the steps listed under External Applicants.

Tuition and fees
Please see University Calendar for more information.

Teaching English as a Second Language - B. Ed. Specialization, Certificate
Telephone: (514) 848.2424 ext. 2031


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