Start Dates

  • January 07, 2021
Program Delivery

Program Description

The ACE TESOL Certificate program gives you practical, hands-on experience. You'll apply and develop the teaching techniques taught in the classwork through teaching demonstrations, extensive feedback and a supervised practicum within the ELL Department at Bow Valley College. This program prepares you for a career as an English Language Learning (ELL) instructor abroad or right here in Calgary.

The ACE TESOL Certificate Program is recognized by TESL Canada and can lead to the Standard One Interim certification.


TELL9101 - ACE TESOL Certificate: Instruction

  • 100 hours
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • pre-requisite for TELL9999 and TELL9998

TELL9999 - ACE TESOL Certificate: Observation and Teaching 

  • 20 hours
  • Schedule varies based on placement

TELL9998 - ACE TESOL Certificate: Observation and Teaching Assistance

  • 10 hours
  • Schedule varies based on placement
Course Dates

Winter 2021 (Application Deadline December 14th, 2020)

  • Orientation: January 5th, 2021
  • Coursework: January 7th, 2021 to March 6th, 202
  • Practicum: March 8th, 2021 to  April 1st, 2021

Spring  2021 (Application Deadline April 20th, 2020)

  • Orientation: May 4th, 2021
  • Coursework: May 6th, 2021 to July 3rd, 2021
  • Practicum: July 5th, 2021 to  July 30th, 2021

Fall 2021 (Application Deadline December 14th, 2020)

  • Orientation: August 31st, 2021
  • Coursework: September 2nd, 2021 to October 28th, 2021
  • Practicum: November 1st, 2021 to  November 26th, 2021

Additional Information
  • Course fee: $2,450 (plus tax)
  • Recommended Course textbook : Easy Advanced Grammar
  • Once you complete the coursework you'll be placed in either a 10-hour or 20-hour practicum. This is determined by your coursework results.

Information Session on November 19th, 2020.  Please click the link to register.

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School of Global Access

345 - 6 Avenue SE

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a university degree. The program will accept applicants without a university degree, however these applicants will not receive TESL Canada certification until completing a university degree.

Applicants must prove their English language skills through one of the following:

  • iBT: Overall 101 with at least 23 in listening, 24 in reading, 27 in speaking, and 27 in writing
  • IELTS Academic: 7 overall with score of 7 in each skill area
  • IELTS Indicator: Overall 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area (IELTS indicator scores will be accepted until in-person testing centers reopen)
  • Graduation from a Canadian high school, including a 70% in Grade 12 English.
  • An undergraduate degree from a university where English is the language of instruction and administration (see: TESL Canada Standards
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School of Global Access

345 - 6 Avenue SE

Program FAQs

All applications with university degrees completed outside of Canada must provide a Canadian equivalency assessment of their university degree(s) as part of their application. Please refer to Wes (www.wes.org/ca) or IQAS (https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-employment-education-licensure.aspx), in some cases you will also need to provide proof of language proficiency, please refer to : https://www.tesl.ca/certification/tesl-canada-professional-certification/english-language-proficiency-scores.html. Countries not listed here will require the language proficiency. 

There are no funding options for this program through Bow Valley College. 

We encourage you to take the IELTS exam. Bow Valley College does offer an IELTS Preparation course:https://bowvalleycollege.ca/programs-courses/english-language-learning/exam-preparation

If you are unable to take the IELTS exam because in-person testing centres are closed due to COVID-19, we will accept IELTS Indicator test scores: https://www.ieltsindicator.com/

You are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation for ACE TESOL as you will be given an overview of the ELL field and the program goals and structure. You will also get access to your course material to start working on the course. Finally, you will have the opportunity to connect with the other participants in your class.

Bow Valley College will arrange your practicum for you. The practicum component of this course will be completed during the days in classes within our ELL department. Times will be arranged between you and your practicum supervisor.

No you don’t need to have previous teaching experience or a degree in education to take this course. Typical students in this program include, are but not limited to: university grads, people looking to make career changes, people in community service agencies, volunteers, retirees and the curious.

This can vary from person to person but we would recommend 1-2 hours per module.
No there are no payment options as this a part time course. All fees must be paid in full to register for the course.
  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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