The ACE Certificate in Online Language Teaching

The ACE Certificate in Online Language Teaching is designed for language teachers who are interested in becoming more skilled and confident teaching in an online environment. The course provides an overview of the components of effective language teaching and how to apply them to an online context. Participants will have ample opportunity to put new concepts into practice through assignments and practice teaching in real-world or simulated virtual classes.

This course is recognized by TESL Canada as a Short Online Specialized Course.


“Our most rapidly evolving courses were our language teaching and technology courses. Every term there were new technologies to add into the technology tool kit and there were older technologies to take out.  With the incredible pace with which the EdTech landscape is evolving, we decided to shift our focus away from teaching participants how to use specific technologies. Instead, this course focuses on the various categories of technological tools and modalities available and how to use them to enhance the language teaching and learning process in an online environment.”

–  Heather Perry, Course Designer

Where to Register

This course is offered asynchronously online. Participants complete the coursework at their own pace over a 6-month period. Courses are run on a continuous enrollment basis. You can start anytime. The price is $540 CAD.

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Why Choose the ACE Certificate in Online Language Teaching?

  • 35+ hours of coursework.
  • Acquire strategies for adapting and optimizing your teaching methods and materials for an online classroom.
  • Become familiar with the various categories of educational technology tools available and how to best integrate them into your online lessons.
  • Learn techniques to maximize student engagement and retention.

Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for the ACE Certificate in Online Language Teaching is a strong interest in learning methodologies for teaching in a virtual environment. Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection is essential. The following are also beneficial but not required:

  • Current employment as a language teacher to either adults or children.
  • A recognized qualification for language teaching to either adults or children (English or other languages).
  • Access to the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Successful completion of an online course in any subject in order to have experience as an online student.

Course Content

The ACE Certificate in Online Language Teaching covers the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to Online Language Teaching
  • Teacher Presence
  • Learner Presence
  • Content Presence
  • Administrator Presence


Task Journals – Participants will complete a Task Journal for each of the 5 course modules and submit them to their instructor for feedback and assessment. Tasks provide students with the opportunity to put course concepts into practice through research, analysis, and evaluation. Tasks include answering discussion and short answer questions, and completing short curriculum design tasks. The Task Journals constitute 30% of the final grade.

Lesson Planning and Implementation – Participants will create three lesson plans throughout the course to be delivered either in a real virtual classroom if the participant is currently teaching, or within the learning management system to at least four volunteer ‘students’ if the participant is not currently teaching. Lesson plans will be marked on a number of criteria and will constitute 35% of the final grade.

Reflection Paper – After participants have finished teaching their three lessons, they will write a reflection paper of 4-6 pages double-spaced on their experiences. This assignment constitutes 35% of the final grade.

Quizzes – Participants will complete short comprehension quizzes for each module in the course. Quizzes will be checked for completion but will not contribute to the final grade.

Continuing Education Units

Language education professionals can earn CEUs for completing the ACE Certificate in Online Language Teaching. The international standard for CEUs is one CEU for every 10 hours of professional development, therefore participants can earn 3.5 CEUs for successfully completing the course. Please note that this is a general guideline and CEU standards may vary from one teaching context to the next. It is your responsibility to check the CEU requirements for your specific teaching context.