The VIA TESL Diploma Program is offered at the VIA Training Centre and is recognized by TESL Canada. It is an excellent course for people who want a professional teaching career. VIA is registered with the Private Institutes for Career Training (PCTIA).
VIA TESL Diploma / TESL Canada Certification: The VIA TESL Program is recognized by TESL Canada and emphasizes Communicative Language Teaching (CLT.) All successful applicants are eligible for the VIA TESL Diploma.
Requirements: Students with a university degree and meet TESL Canada requirements for English test scores will be eligible for TESL Canada Professional Standard Level 1 Certification. Students who have graduated from high school or are at least twenty-five years old are eligible to take the TESL program, but will not be eligible for TESL Canada Level 1 Certification.
Program Objectives: Graduates of the VIA TESL Diploma Program will be able to apply Communicative Language Teaching, learned principles, theories, strategies, and practical classroom techniques and implement them successfully in effective ESL lessons.
Evaluation: Evaluation is based on attendance and participation, homework assignments, written examinations, class presentations, submitted lesson plans, and practicum results. Students scoring 80% (cumulative) or better on the evaluation criteria qualify for the VIA TESL Diploma.
Specializations: Graduates of the TESL Program have the option to do a second practicum specialization in teaching business, TOEFL and TOEIC, or ESL. This is a twenty-hour program and students will receive a specialization certificate.
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