About

This online post-degree certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing teachers and those in related professions who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of EAL education. Once this program is completed, PreK – 12 teachers may qualify for an Additional Qualification Certificate issued by the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB)


Quick facts
  • Online program; 10 courses in total
  • Accessible from all locations
  • Time flexibility for certificate completion
  • You must have a B. Ed. degree and some teaching experience

Career info

Additional Qualification Certificate
This certificate meets the SPTRB’s requirements for an Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC).

  • Teachers who are in one of the previously approved programs (Integrated Program, Component-based AQC, or Advanced CERTESL 10 course program) will be able to complete the program for AQC requirements.
  • Upon completion of all course requirements, teachers must apply to the SPTRB for the AQC in EAL Education. The date of the application determines the effective date of the certificate.

Saskatchewan Teachers: Pathways you can follow to reach Class V or VI

Class V - The combination of a B. Ed. and an AQC in EAL Education will allow teachers to move up the salary grid from Class IV to Class V.

Class VI - To reach Class VI, candidates must have one full year of graduate level study (typically 800 level courses) and a total of six years of post-secondary education.

  • The combination of a B. Ed., M.Ed. (30 credit units) and an AQC in EAL Education will allow teachers to move up the salary grid from Class V to Class VI.
  • A B. A., a B. Ed., and an AQC in EAL Education will not place you in Class VI. There is one pathway that is an exception (a 4 year Honours B.A or B.Sc.).

Teaching Adult English Language Learners in Canada or internationally

If you are interested in teaching English to adults (including young adults making transitions to life beyond high school), the CERTESL program may be for you. A Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language is recognized nationally and beyond our borders.

Program requirements

What you will learn

This certificate provides an analytical look at first language learning, the stages of learning an additional language, and first language delays and challenges that may impact EAL learners. You will be provided with instructional approaches and assessment strategies that support learners with the transition from communicative to academic language related to school curriculum, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way.

Courses

To complete this program, you will need to successfully complete:

  • ECUR 291.3: Introduction to Teaching of English as Second Language
  • ECUR 391.3: Theory of Second Language Learning and Methods of Skills Development
  • ECUR 393.3: Advanced Methods in Teaching English as Second Language
  • ECUR 415.3: Current Issues in English as an Additional Language
  • ECUR 490.3: Language and Content: Instructional Approaches for EAL Learners
  • ECUR 492.3: Approaches to Assessment with EAL Learners
  • ECUR 493.3: Individual Project: English as an Additional Language
  • 3 credit units from Individual Language Learning Experience List
  • 6 credit units from Electives List (in consultation with Program Advisor)

CERTESL - If you have completed the CERTESL program within the past five years, three courses may be counted toward the Post-Degree Certificate: ECUR 291.3, ECUR 391.3 and ECUR 393.3. 

The course and program catalogue contains lists and descriptions of all required courses for programs in this area of study. 

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $613.50 per class $1,595.10 per class
Fees $56 per year $56 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class.
Fees are used to fund specific student services and union. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are an online student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $100 and $200 per class.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Open to teachers in all locations
Most courses are delivered online (some exceptions apply, please contact a college advisor), therefore access to the certificate program is open to teachers in all locations.

Requirements

Candidates for the Post-Degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language must have:

  • a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree
  • a valid Professional “A” Teaching Certificate
  • one full year of teaching experience
    • It is recommended that you have one full year (200 days) of teaching experience after receiving your B.Ed. degree. If you have been a substitute teacher, you may count these days as well.
    • If teaching experience was outside of Saskatchewan additional required documentation mab be required (see below)
    • If you don't have one full year of experience you may still be admitted with additional documentation (see below)

Required documentation

After you've submitted your online application, you'll also need to submit the following documents to the Department of Curriculum Studies via email eal.inquiries@usask.ca:

  • Valid Professional A Teaching Certificate
  • Current CV or resume outlining teaching experience
  • If you don't have one full year of experience or your experience was outside of Saskatchewan you will need to provide a letter from your current/past employer confirming your days/year(s) of experience. This may take the form of a letter from the Human Resources Superintendent or your school principal.
  • Transcripts - you will need to arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you've attended (other than the University of Saskatchewan) to be sent to:

Curriculum Studies Department
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Deadlines

Fall/September Start Date – Application period: May 15 to August 1
Winter/January Start date – Application period: September 15 to December 1
Spring/May Start Date  – Application period: Jan 15 to April 1

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

College info

The Post-degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language is offered by the College of Education.

The College of Education offers a number of longstanding and new certificate programs to assist current educators to deepen their knowledge in a chosen area. Our certificate programs are flexible, designed to support busy schedules, and respond to changing educational needs and community demographics.


Questions?

For more information, contact the Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education at:

Phone: 306-966-7601
Email: eal.inquiries@usask.ca

Curriculum Studies Department
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1