School of Adult and Continuing Education


Prepare for an exciting career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor. Obtain the qualifications and skills to teach ESL internationally or in Canada. Learn the most recent methodologies and teaching techniques. Through a partnership with Advance Consulting for Education (ACE), the Niagara Catholic District School Board offers a dynamic two-part teaching training program to aspiring Canadian teachers as well as foreign English teachers from across the world.

Two options are available:


The TESOL Certificate is a 120-hour program recognized by TESL Canada, the national professional association for ESL teachers in Canada.

  • 100 hours in class plus 20 practicum hours
  • 4-Week full-time program offered in May (general admittance)
  • Customized groups may come any time of the year*
  • 15-week part-time program from September to December
  • Small class sizes
  • All materials, course manual and textbook provided
  • Recognized by TESL Canada

TESL 200 - ACE TESOL DIPLOMA (Cost: $2425)

The TESOL Diploma program is recognized by TESL Ontario, the Ontario provincial professional organization for ESL teachers

  • Additional 150-hour training course (pre-requisite TESL 100)
  • 30 Additional practicum hours in actual ESL classrooms
  • Part-time program from January to June each year
  • All materials, course manual and textbooks provided
  • Recognized by TESL Ontario

  • Obtain certification to teach English abroad or in Canada
  • Acquire practical teaching skills
  • Taught by Certified & Experienced TESOL Teachers
  • Part time and Full time classes available
Course Dates:

TESL 100

  • September 11 December 16, 2014 (Part time evenings Tue/Thurs)
  • May 1 - 29, 2014 (Full time days)

TESL 200

  • January to June, 2015 (actual dates TBD)

    Information sessions

    TESL 100

    • TBD

    TESL 200

    • TBD
    To attend, please call 905-682-3360 or email
    • A university B.A (or Final Year)
    • Advanced proficiency in English (TOEFL or CLBA scores required for applicants with English as a Second Language)
    • Genuine interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages
    • 90% attendance
    • Eligible for Tuition Tax Receipts
    • Language teaching/learning theory
    • Teaching methodologies and techniques
    • Unit and lesson planning
    • Testing and evaluation
    • Language systems (grammar, vocabulary and idioms, pronunciation)
    • Language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)
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    Niagara Catholic District School Board
    Department of Continuing Education
    145 Niagara Street, St. Catharines
    Ontario, Canada L2R 4L7
    Tel: 1-905-682-3360

    For further information on the ACE TESOL Certificate go to:

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    The ACE TESOL Certificate

    The ACE TESOL Job Centre

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