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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Equip Yourself to Teach English Around the World

Accredited by TESL Canada, the Providence TESOL program will provide you with the necessary training to teach English as an additional language in settings right here in Manitoba, throughout Canada and around the world. Whether you pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in TESOL or an undergraduate TESOL certificate you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the close relationship between language and culture as well as the basic elements of the English language and of English teaching.

*TESOL courses are accredited by TESL Canada.


"I love the TESOL program at Providence because it's an interactive and hands-on classroom experience. It's a very close-knit group with fantastic professors who really invest in the success of their students."

- Emily Dirks, 2014 Certificate of TESOL

36 credit hours
Master of Arts
18 credit hours
Graduate Certificate
90 credit hours
Bachelor of Arts
30 credit hours
Undergraduate Certificate
Combine with any Major

For Entrance into the TESOL program

The prerequisite for entry into the TESOL major is a grade of "C" or better in any TESOL course. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses.

Descriptions of Major Options

  • Undergraduate Certificate
    • A 30-credit hour program, the Providence TESOL certificate will demonstrate that students understand language theory and teaching methodology. Accredited by TESL Canada, it can also be combined with a major as part of broader university study.
  • Bachelor of Arts in TESOL
    • This degree program fulfills the TESL Canada requirements and equips students to meet the large and growing demand for teachers of English to speakers of other languages. Graduates will have a strong academic foundation in language learning theory and teaching methodology, bolstered by practicum experience in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
    • This graduate-level program includes 36 credit hours of study and a thesis or project. You will receive training in linguistic theory and pedagogy as well as experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages. The thesis or project will allow you to demonstrate mastery of the discipline
  • Graduate Certificate
    • This program is designed to equip those who wish to meet the large and growing need in North America and around the world for teachers of English as an additional language.

Summer TESOL

Do you want to finish your TESOL training as quickly as possible? Our Summer TESOL program offers seven courses during a six-week period and will help get you into a workplace setting sooner rather than later. All of our TESOL courses meet the TESL Canada requirements, and Providence TESOL graduates are employed in more than 60 countries around the world.

Residence Rate

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Material and Methodology
  • Current Issues in TESOL
  • Cultural Anthropology

Summer TESOL Courses include:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Material and Methodology
  • Practicum
  • Field Education

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji, M.A. (Program Coordinator)UC Dean; Assistant Professor of TESOL; MLI Director

Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Ph.D. Associate Professor of TESOL

Debra Maertins Instructor of TESOL

Graduates build careers in teaching English. Others work in global missions or in adult language learning. Others pursue graduate studies.