TESL Canada National Certification Standards promote excellence in the teaching and learning of English as a Second Language across Canada by promoting professional certification standards that are recognized in all provinces.

The TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards benefit educators by helping ensure that:

  • TESL training and ESL teaching experience are recognized as main professional measures of Canadian ESL educators
  • Teaching credentials are recognized not only by province to province but by virtue of their national status, from country to country
  • Credentials are recognized by international students when they compare faculty at post-secondary schools and language institutes across Canada before their arrival in Canada . As a result, programs that hire qualified professionals will attract more students
  • Qualifications are valued appropriately by government and non-government founders when educators request financial support for awards, scholarships and projects

Developed through participation and feedback across the ESL field, these standards address the professional context of Canadian ESL educators. TESL Canada recognizes that Canadian ESL delivery varies widely in structure and specifics and looks forward to the continuing development of these standards through feedback and the appeal process.
TESL Canada national standards will provide a national focus on standards for all ESL educators and encourage high levels of participation in an accreditation system that recognizes and values the diversity of approach to ESL instruction in its many settings. Since their implementation in May 2002, the TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards are becoming the authoritative base for evaluation and comparison of ESL teacher training in Canada .

The TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards represent a teacher-driven initiative to create basic, minimum national standards. Some provinces currently have professional certification systems in place. The TESL Canada professional certificate does not replace provincial professional certificates where they exist. Professionals can choose to hold both TESL Canada and provincial organization certificates.