1. When is the deadline for application submission?

March 31. Contact the department for specific information. If you want to be considered for any scholarships, your application should be received in the department by January 15.

2. What are the eligibility requirements?

Minimum GPA of B (3.0) over the latest 60 courseweights of graded academic work (about the last 2 years of a 4-year baccalaureate degree).

ESL classroom teaching experience (either paid or volunteer); we recommend a minimum of 75 hours.

3. What are the language requirements for persons whose first language is not English?

Students entering the MEd or PhD program must have an overall TOEFL iBT score of 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.

4. Do I have to take Linguistics?

LING 101 is a required pre/co-requisite. Linguistics provides ESL teachers with important background information on the way languages work.

5. How long does it take to complete the program?

Students have as long as 6 years to complete the program on a part-time basis, but typically people complete within 2 years, depending on whether they have completed all the prerequisites before entry to the program. The prerequisites are LING 101, EDPY 416, EDPY 417, EDPY 418. Students must register at least once in each September to August period to keep their program active. Prerequisites can be taken within the Master's program.

6. Can I apply courses from my Bachelor's or TESL Diploma program to the MEd?

The University does not allow students to apply one course to two credentials. In other words, if a course counted towards your Bachelor's or any other degree, it cannot count towards your MEd. A substitute course from the option list should be chosen instead.

7. If I take a course as an Open Studies or Diploma student, can it be applied to the MEd later?

If the course is an acceptable course in the program, and if it has not been used towards any other credential, it can be applied to the Master's. The number of courses nearest to, but not exceeding, 1/3 of the total units of course weight of a student's program (i.e., a maximum of 3 courses) may be transferred to the Master's if recommended by the department and approved by the FGSR on a case-by-case basis.

8. How much does the MEd cost?

This depends on whether you are a Canadian or international student and on how many courses you take. Check the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site Fees Guide for Canadian or International Students.

9. Can I use non-credit courses towards the MEd?

Non-credit courses cannot be substituted for credit courses. If you are interested in taking a short non-credit course out of interest, there are short courses available at both MacEwan University and NorQuest College.

10. Can I teach in the K-12 system with a Master's in TESL?

In order to teach in Canadian school systems, you must have a valid teaching certificate. The MEd is not a substitute for a teaching certificate.

11. Is a Master's in TESL going to get me a job teaching ESL to adults?

No credential guarantees a job. Adult ESL programs have varying hiring criteria. Many require a TESL Diploma or a Master's degree. Contact individual institutions for information on hiring practices. The Master's program satisfies the coursework requirements for ATESL accreditation and for TESL Canada Professional Certification: Standard Three.

12. How can I find out about jobs teaching ESL?

For positions overseas, the Internet is a good source of information on ESL programs - check sites such as Dave's ESL Café. The ATESL and the TESL Canada Websites and careers.tesol.org list job opportunities. The International Centre in HUB also has listings. For jobs within Alberta, it is useful to start networking through organizations such as Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (http://www.atesl.ca). The Directory of ESL/EAL Programs and Services in Selected Urban Centres in Alberta is found on the Catholic Social Services website.

13. Where can I get some ESL teaching experience?

Many organizations are pleased to have volunteer ESL teachers, including:

  • NorQuest College, 780-644-6700 (Westmount Campus), 780-644-5921 (Downtown Campus)
  • The Mennonite Centre for Newcomers 780-424-7709
  • Cultural Connections Institute: The Learning Exchange 780-944-0792
  • International Centre, University of Alberta 780-492-1134