Masters Program

Program Description

This program is a course-based Master's program that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The purpose of the program is to provide ESL instructors with the appropriate theoretical background and practical experience to teach English in Canada and overseas.

Admission Requirements

The Department's minimum admission requirements for the MEd in TESL are a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognized institution, with a minimum GPA of B over the most recent 60 credits of course work. Persons whose first language is not English must provide proof of proficiency by receiving a satisfactory score on one of our approved examination tests. 

Students entering the MEd program must have one of the following English language scores:

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 101 with a minimum of 24 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking and 27 in Writing; 
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area; 
  • Duolingo total score of at least 120 with minimum of 95 in each band; or
  • PTE Academic score of 72 

Applicants should have a minimum of 75 hours of experience (volunteer or paid) teaching ESL. An applicant's overall grade point average (GPA) in the area of interest, letters of reference, ESL/EFL classroom teaching experience, letter of intent, and areas of academic interest are all taken into account during the selection process for all graduate programs.


  • LING 101 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis *3
  • EDPY 416 Introduction to TESL *3
  • EDPY 417 Grammar of English for Teachers of Adult ESL *3
  • EDPY 418 Methodology in the Teaching of English as a Second Language to Adults *3

Program Requirements

The following are the course requirements, effective immediately, for students in the TESL Master's program.

Required Courses

  • EDPY 500 Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research (or equivalent) *3 OR EDPY 503 Qualitative Methods of Education Research (or equivalent) *3
  • EDPY 501 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3
  • Five - 500 level TESL courses (or approved substitutions) *15
  • EDPY 575 TESL Supervised Practicum *3
  • EDPY 903 Capping Project in TESL *3

Total 27 Credits