Master of Education with a Focus on TESOL

30 credit-hours

Acadia University is currently accepting expressions of interest for our new Master of Education in Curriculum Studies with a Focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program.  This program is being designed to provide you with opportunities to learn and share experiences with colleagues in courses that offer both theoretical grounding and practical application. Through this program, you will develop as a leader in the area of diverse learners and English language instruction.

Successful completion of the program, as well as a 20-hour practicum, would also qualify students to apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to subsequently apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard Three contingent on:

  1. completion of a TESL Canada approved 50-hour supervised adult ESL/EFL practicum; or
  2. submission of a performance review plus evidence of at least 2,000 hours of teaching in an adult ESL context.


  • Application fee: $50
  • Tuition fee per 3 credit-hour course (30 credit-hour program): $1,167 (subject to change)
  • Ancillary fees may apply to some courses
Planned courses for future cohort:
  • EDUC 5633: Curriculum Foundations, Year 1 (online)
  • EDUC 5643: Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum, Year 1 (online)
  • EDUC 5513: Research Design for Education, Year 1 (online)
  • EDUC 5183: Acquisition of Language, Year 1 (online)
  • EDUC 5193: Linguistics for Teachers, Year 1 (online)
  • EDUC 5693: TESOL Methodology, Year 2 (online)
  • EDUC 5673: Current Research and Theory: English as an Additional Language for Adult Literacy Learners, Year 2 (online)
  • EDUC 5143 (Educational Explorations) or EDUC 5153 (Readings) or another available elective, Year 2 (online)
  • EDUC 5843: Instructional Design: English as an Additional Language for Young Learners, Year 2 (online)
  • EDUC 5053: Problems: Capstone Projects, Year 2 (online)
  • Optional practicum

Note: Students accepted into this MEd-CS-TESOL program who recently completed courses for the Acadia TESOL Certificate (5183, 5193, 5693) may be able to transfer them into this program (upon approval), with any courses that do get transfer approval subsequently needing replacement by approved electives.

Practicum (optional)

  1. Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard Three, contingent on the completion of:
    A) A TESL Canada-approved, 50-hour supervised adult ESL/EFL practicum; or
    B) A performance review plus evidence of a minimum of 2,000 hours of teaching in an adult ESL context.
  2. The optional Practicum could be completed either with Acadia’s English Language Centre, or at an approved location near you.
  3. The 50-hour practicum must include 30 hours of classroom observation and 20 hours of classroom teaching. A maximum of half of these hours may be completed through online synchronous environments. The ESL class must be for adults, with a minimum of five students (at least 80% of whom must be over 18 years of age), and the teaching must be supervised by a TESL Canada-approved practicum supervisor.
  4. Students who have already completed a 20-hour practicum as part of the Acadia TESOL Certificate would only need to do 30 additional practicum hours if they want to upgrade their TESL Canada Professional Certification to Standard Three.
Expressions of Interest

Acadia is currently seeking expressions of interest from students who may be interested in applying for the program.

Questions can be sent by email to:

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School of Education Open Acadia Graduate Studies English Language Centre
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All students in the cohort must meet the academic requirements for admission to graduate studies in the School of Education at Acadia University. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to monitor your own program and to ensure that you have met degree requirements.

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  • A collaboration of Acadia University's School of Education and Open Acadia's English Language Centre
  • Two-year, part-time program
  • Available entirely online
  • Optional practicum