Master's Program

Program Description

This program is a course-based Master's program that can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The purpose of the program is to provide ESL instructors with the appropriate theoretical background and practical experience to teach English in Canada and overseas.

Admission Requirements

The Department's minimum admission requirements for the MEd in TESL are a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognized institution, with a minimum GPA of B over the most recent 60 credits of course work. Persons whose first language is not English must provide proof of proficiency in the English language.
Students entering the MEd program must have an overall TOEFL iBT score of 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking and 27 in Writing; OR an IELTS Academic overall score of 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area. Applicants should have a minimum of 75 hours of experience (volunteer or paid) teaching ESL. An applicant's overall grade point average (GPA) in the area of interest, letters of reference, ESL/EFL classroom teaching experience, letter of intent, and areas of academic interest are all taken into account during the selection process for all graduate programs.


  • LING 101  Introduction to Linguistic Analysis *3
  • EDPY 416  Introduction to TESL *3
  • EDPY 417  Grammar of English for Teachers of Adult ESL *
  • EDPY 418  Methodology in the Teaching of English as a Second Language to Adults *3

Program Requirements

The following are the course requirements, effective immediately, for students in the TESL Master's program.

Required Courses

  • EDPY 500  Introduction to Data Analysis in Educational Research (or equivalent) *3
    OR EDPY 503 Qualitative Methods of Education Research (or equivalent) *3
  • EDPY 501  Introduction to Methods of Educational Research *3
  • Five - 500 level TESL courses (or approved substitutions) *15
  • EDPY 575  TESL Supervised Practicum *3
  • EDPY 903  Capping Project in TESL *3

Total 27 Credits

* To be chosen from the following: EDPY 573 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL); EDPY 578 Teaching English for Academic Purposes; EDPY 581 Psychological Aspects of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; EDPY 585 Teaching and Learning Grammar in Second Language Education; EDPY 588 Teaching English as an International Language; EDPY 590 Classroom Research Issues in Second Language Learning; EDPY 591 Teaching Literacy and Reading to ESL Learners; EDPY 593 ESL Assessment and Evaluation; EDPY 594 Teaching Pronunciation to ESL Learners; EDPY 595 Settlement/Adjustment Issues for ESL Immigrants to Canada; EDPY 596 Program Development in the Teaching of English as a Second or Other Language; EDPY 597 Selected Topics in TESL.

General Application Information

TESL MEd Student Handbook

Application Checklist (TESL MEd and PhD program)

How To Apply

Program Deadlines

General Admission Requirements & Criteria

Frequently Asked Questions (MEd Program)

Program Coordinator

Marilyn Abbott
(780) 492-9090

Program Staff

Abbott, Marilyn
Ranta, Leila

Professor Emeriti 

Derwing, Tracey
Rossiter, Marian

Adjunct Staff

Chambers, Wendy
Dunn, Bill
Foote, Jennifer
Guardado, Martin 
Light, Justine 
Moussu, Lucie 
Noels, Kimberly 

*Please note that when selecting an academic supervisor, you may visit the Faculty page to view all our professors to find a suitable match for your research interests.