The next intake for the Post Degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language (PDCEAL) is 2025 Winter Term (January 2025).

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.

Quick facts
  • Online program; 5 courses in total
  • Accessible from all locations
  • 1.5 year post-degree certificate
  • Planned schedule of course offerings
  • B.Ed. degree and some teaching experience required

Career info

Additional Qualification Certificate

This certificate meets 15 of the 30 credit units required for an Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC) through the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB). Please contact the SPTRB for more information about the Integrated Program for AQC purposes.

Program requirements

What you will learn

This certificate provides an analytical look at first language learning, the stages of learning an additional language, and barriers 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 the school curriculum, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way.


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

  • ECUR 291.3: Introduction to Teaching of 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

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $749.70 per 3 credit unit class $3,148.74 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $125.64 per year $125.64 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 (2023-2024 Canadian dollar rates).
Student 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 $150 and $250 per class.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Open to teachers in all locations

Courses are delivered online; therefore, access to the certificate program is open to teachers in all locations.


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

  • a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree
  • a valid Professional "A" Teaching Certificate
  • one full year of teaching experience (or equivalent)

Required documentation

You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Copy of valid Professional "A" Teaching Certificate
  • Current CV or resume outlining teaching experience, including extended practicum
  • Transcripts - you will need to arrange for official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended (other than the University of Saskatchewan).

If your teaching certificate is from outside of Canada, please contact SPTRB for the steps needed to receive a Professional "A" Teaching Certificate in Saskatchewan.


Start term Deadline
January 2025
Sept. 1, 2024
Documents due: Sept. 15, 2024

Ready to apply?

The application for admission will be available soon.

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.

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If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.


For more information, contact the Curriculum Studies Department, 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