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TESL: Teaching English as Second Language (Bachelor of Education, B.Ed.)


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). 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.

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. 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. TESL Course Calendar


Application deadlines

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

Admission requirements

  • Quebec Cegep (CRC): 24.000
  • Canadian High Schools: 80%
  • U.S. High Schools: 2.8
  • University Transfers: B
  • International Bacc. (IB): 30
  • Bacc. Français: 13/20

Those applying from out of province 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 [1]
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.

Note: Additional dates available for TESL applicants: Friday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 24, from 3pm to 6pm in Room FG 5.225.

1. Graduating Students: 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.

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


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