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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Certificate of Achievement | 98211

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/TESL) certificate is a postgraduate 140-hour TESL Canada approved program. It consists of 120 hours of course work plus 10 hours of English as a second language (ESL) classroom observation and a 10-hour teaching practicum. All observations and practicum teaching are completed in ESL classes at Humber College. The TESL program is designed to be completed in one semester part time - however, students have the flexibility to complete the certificate at their own pace over two or three semesters.

The certificate is a hybrid program consisting of both in-class and online classes allowing students to take both at the same time. Upon successful completion of the TESOL certificate, students can apply to TESL Canada for certification. The TESL Canada certificate qualifies graduates to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) overseas and ESL in programs across Canada that do not require TESL Ontario or equivalent accreditation.

Students taking the Humber part-time TESOL program have the opportunity to volunteer as tutors in our English/Writing Centre at the North Campus. This will allow the TESOL student additional experience working with college ESL students outside the teaching practicum.

Please view our introduction video of the TESOL Program.

Admission Requirements

  • A Canadian university degree (or a degree with official Canadian equivalency)
  • Non-native speakers must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Refer to on what tests and scores are acceptable for TESL Canada certification
  • An interview

To apply to the program, please send your current resumé to Venessa Hayles at  Once received, you will be contacted to set up an interview. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that must be paid at the time of the interview. Applications are accepted up until the start of classes.

Additional Information


Course   Times Start / End Cost
TSOL 111 - TESOL Methodology  Monday & Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 pm Sep 18 - Oct 23 $295
TSOL 112 - Introduction to Language  Online    Sep 18 - Oct 23 $295
TSOL 113 - Pedagogical Grammar Monday & Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 pm Oct 30 - Nov 29 $295
TSOL 114 - The ESOL Classroom  Online    Oct 30 - Nov 29  $295
TSOL 115 - Teaching Practicum  Field   Sep 5 - Dec 15 $270

Note: These courses do not qualify as General Education credit.


Humber’s Part-Time TESOL graduates can now fast-track towards a Humber postgraduate certificate in TESL with TESL Ontario accreditation. TESOL graduates need to complete an online bridging course in September allowing them to jump directly into Semester 2 of Humber’s full-time postgraduate TESL program (January – April semester). For more information, please contact Catherine Dunn at 416-675-6622, ext. 73085 or Irene Kosmas, ext. 79116. 

Venessa Hayles 
416.675.6622 ext. 74122