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The ACE TESOL Certificate

The ACE TESOL Certificate course is specifically designed to provide you with the tools, strategies, skills and knowledge to be successful teaching adults in English language programs either in Canada* or abroad.

This course is recognized by TESL Canada for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One. For more information on TESL Canada Professional Certification, contact TESL Canada at:  [email protected] or visit *except in government funded programs in Ontario.


“A highly recommended course…  It has honestly added a new dimension, an extremely important skill, to my teaching.  The trainers are professional, intelligent and very approachable.  This is one course that I’ll remember for years to come.”

– Priya Goswani

Where to Register

The ACE TESOL Certificate course is offered in face-to-face, blended or online delivery modalities at the following ACE Partner locations:

For more information, please contact us.

Why choose the ACE TESOL Certificate course?

  • Obtain the qualifications and skills to teach English to adults abroad or in Canada
  • An affordable English language teaching credential
  • 100 hours of classroom instruction
  • A 20-hour practicum (a 10-hour practicum option is also available)
  • A strong focus on practical teaching skills
  • Based upon the most current teaching theory and methodologies
  • Learn through pair work, small group work, teaching demonstrations and discussions
  • Experienced, energetic and qualified trainers
  • Increase your self-confidence as a teacher
  • Improve your communication and presentation skills
  • An opportunity to practice teaching in a safe environment
  • Increase your marketability as an ESL teacher, giving you a more competitive edge in the job market

Admission Requirements

A level of education allowing for entry into your country’s higher education system. A Bachelor’s degree from a Canadian university or an established equivalent is required in order to be eligible for TESL Canada Professional Certification

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of English proficiency with one of the following standardized proficiency tests:

TOEFL iBT (includes Special Home Edition) Overall: 101 Listening: 24 Reading: 24 Speaking: 26 Writing: 27
IELTS Academic

Overall: 7, with a minimum score of 7 in each skill area

CAEL (online or at a test centre)

Overall: 70, with a minimum score of 70 in each skill area


* IMPORTANT NOTE: You can enrol in the ACE TESOL Certificate without demonstrating the above English language proficiency; however, you must acknowledge that you understand this proof is required for professional certification and that without this proof, TESL Canada will not complete your professional certification and your employment options may be limited.

No allowances will be made in the course requirements and standards for students who have not demonstrated the above English language proficiency.  It is each candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the required English language proficiency has been established.

The admissions process for the ACE TESOL Certificate may also include an interview and a grammar test.

You can test your English grammar by taking the ACE TESOL Certificate Candidate Grammar Test.  At the end of the test, you will be shown which questions you answered incorrectly as well as links to webpages containing corresponding study material for the concepts being tested.  It is your responsibility to study the concepts you are not familiar with prior to the start of the ACE TESOL Certificate course.

It is also essential that you have strong computer skills and can work proficiently with Microsoft Word. You will need to have the Microsoft Word program or access to Word online; however, be aware that the online version has some limitations in functionality. You will be expected to learn any technological gaps you may have on your own.

Here are some other skills that you should be comfortable with prior to beginning the course: making a searchable Word document (inserting hyperlinks); making a Table of Contents; creating tables; inserting text, photos and images into tables; inserting photos/images into a document; orienting text and images within a document; embedding PDFs into documents.

Course Content

The following topics are covered in the course:

  • Learning Theory, Teaching Speaking, Teaching Writing, Teaching Listening and Teaching Reading
  • Methods, Planning, Techniques, Testing
  • Grammar, Vocabulary, Pronunciation
  • Managing Your Career


Throughout the course students complete the following tasks for assessment:

  • An Observation Report based on observing six hours of real ESL classes
  • A Progress Test
  • An Achievement Test
  • An Objectives Writing Task
  • Evaluated Microteaching
  • A Lesson Plan Portfolio
  • Evaluated Solo Teaching

The Practicum

Practicums are conducted in real adult English language classes. There are two practicum options: a 20-hour practicum* and a 10-hour practicum. In the 20-hour practicum, students complete 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of supervised teaching. In the 10-hour practicum, students complete 6 hours of observation and 4 hours assisting an ESL teacher. Students who complete The ACE TESOL Certificate with a 20-hour practicum are eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One.

*Only the 20-hour practicum is recognized by TESL Canada.  Participants completing the 10-hour practicum are not eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One.

Continuing Education Units

Language education professionals can earn CEUs for completing the ACE TESOL Certificate. The international standard for CEUs is one CEU for every 10 hours of professional development, therefore participants can earn 12 CEUs for successfully completing the course with the 20-hr practicum and 11 CEUs for successfully completing the course with the 10-hr practicum. 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.