What will I learn?

TWU MA TESOL alumni contribute to the educational world as teachers, materials developers, teacher-trainers, and administrators in English programs for both adults and youth in a variety of international and local contexts.

Those with public school teaching credentials will also benefit from the MA TESOL to become specialists in teaching ELLs locally or in teaching EFL in primary and secondary schools worldwide.

Students have a choice between an intensive 16-20 month resident track and a 2-3 year online track that may be completed while working as a teacher. The majority of the students are required to do an internship in their final semester.

Small class size and warm relationships with faculty, collaborating instructors, and fellow learners are a given in both the online and on-campus cohorts. Reflecting on personal values while developing ongoing professional relationships underscores the TWU commitment to bringing values back to life.

Not traditional lecture-based. The MA TESOL program is built upon the process of students researching and critically examining ideas, theories, methods and techniques in TESL. "Flipped Learning" at its best.

Collaboration. Each course revolves around a set of interactive research projects. Working in teams, students research and then report to the rest of the cohort on their findings. Such collaborative learning provides the setting for personal development as students of varying worldviews and cultural backgrounds share their unique perspectives.

Professional Development. Each module in the MA TESOL program includes application to a specific teaching or learning context. Students may tailor final course projects to their own teaching situation. Students are also provided with opportunities to co-present workshops with faculty at a variety of Canadian and International conferences.

Internship. A 14-week internship is completed in the final semester. There are a variety of internship options, both in Canada and internationally, depending on student experience and interest. Those heading towards a Ph.D. program in TESL or Applied Linguistics may choose a thesis option.

Fully Accredited. With both TESL Ontario accreditation and TESL Canada certification, Professional Standard Three, the TWU MA TESOL prepares the TESL professional for adult English classes with both immigrants and international students in Canada and abroad.

Which department am I in?

School of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (36 semester hours)

Tuition fees
CAN $800 per semester hour; Tuition total CAN $28,800; Given tuition fee is for 2020-2021. It may be subject to change in future
Start date

Expected September 2022


Trinity Western University

7600 Glover Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2Y 1Y1, Canada

Online/Distance (36 semester hours)

Tuition fees
CAN $710 per semester hour; Tuition total: CAN $25,560; Given tuition fee is for 2020-2021. It may be subject to change in future
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Four-year undergraduate degree completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final two years of the degree. English Language Scores: English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants achieving a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 100, or IELTS score of 7.0 overall, are considered to have achieved that level of proficiency, and may be eligible for direct entry to the MAEL program. Applicants scoring lower than this level, but with a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 100, or 7.0 overall, are eligible to apply for the TWU ESLI Pre-Master’s Program (PMP). Achievement of a PMP passing grade indicates demonstration of an acceptable level of English language proficiency for program entry.

For international students

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for entry into the MATESOL program, although exceptions can be made in extraordinary circumstances. Teaching experience (usually one to two years minimum) and completion of typical pre-requisites for graduate MATESOL courses are important. Other factors which may enhance a candidate’s application include overseas teaching experience, additional languages studied, and a clear statement of purpose for entering the program.


Bachelor’s Degree

Significant teaching experience in an ESL / EFL classroom or tutoring experience — paid or volunteer

Pre-requisites for TESOL graduate courses: This could be a TESOL / TESL Certificate that includes courses in TESOL Methodology, Phonetics, Language & Culture, and Grammar, or undergraduate courses in Linguistics or Education.

IELTS score of 7.5 on all bands, an iBT score of 105 – or demonstrated equivalent, which may involve English language teaching experience or satisfactory completion of the pre-Masters program on TWU campus with ESLI


Applications are accepted up to two months prior to the start of program online orientation. International applicants intending to participate in the resident track of the program are advised to apply at least six months prior to the start of online orientation to allow time for processing of study visas.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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