Teaching English as a Second Language

Full-time and part-time certificate program

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Interested in traveling and teaching English abroad? VIU’s Teaching English as a Second / Foreign Language Certificate Program can fund your wanderlust. If you have a bachelor’s degree, top it up with an affordable TESL certificate and add it to your travel documents for an exciting work and travel abroad experience!

VIU’s TESL / TEFL Certificate is accredited by Languages Canada. The program is open to Canadian citizens and international students and it is offered in full-time (5 weeks) and part-time (3 months) formats at our Nanaimo Campus.

Graduates may go on to teaching English abroad, working as language tutors, and teaching English in Canada at private language schools. International teachers requiring a formal certificate for Professional Development purposes would also benefit from this TESL / TEFL certificate. 

Program Details

  • A 120 hour course including a 20 hour supervised practicum
  • Two intakes per year
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Supervised practicum completed in VIU’s English Language Centre
  • Students taking the part-time course must complete their practicum weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the ELC.

Program Content:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Linguistics
  • Methodological Issues
  • Techniques for Teaching
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Professional Issues
  • Supervised Practicum

Course Delivery:
Part time

Wednesday (6pm-9pm) and Saturday (8:30am-4pm)

2019 fall: September 4 - November 27, 2019

2020 spring: January 15 - April 8, 2020

2020 fall: September 9 - December 2, 2020


Monday - Friday (8:30am-4pm)

2020 summer: June 29 - July 31, 2020

Admission Requirements:

  • An IELTS 6.5 or equivalent for non-native speakers
  • A completed Bachelor of Arts degree or by permission of the Dean

Program Cost:

International Students

For more information on ESL programs for international students, click here.
Or email WorldVIU@viu.ca.