This page provides information on how to apply for TESL Sask Accreditation. Please follow the links below and read the information carefully.
This statement is intended as a brief explanation of the status of accredited teachers of English as a Second/Subsequent Language (ESL) as approved by TESL Sask.
TESL Sask is the professional association for all ESL/EAL/ESD teachers in the province of Saskatchewan, ranging from those who teach in the K-12 school systems to those who teach in colleges, universities, and government or volunteer organizations. The intent of accreditation is to recognize and validate the training and experience of TESL Sask members. The field of teaching ESL/EAL/ESD has grown recently – provincially, nationally and internationally – and many agencies have begun to offer TESL qualifications of varying worth. TESL Sask has established a standard whereby teachers can clearly demonstrate a level of training and experience approved by a panel of experienced practitioners. The accreditation process began in 1994, and in January 1998, the first applications were invited.
TESL Sask accreditation is offered as a professional standard by which employers may measure employees and prospective employees. This association advises employers in the field of TESL to give preference when hiring to those applicants who have, or are eligible for, TESL Sask accreditation.
It is important to note that the term ‘accredited teacher’ has no application wider than the description given here. It should not, for example, be confused with the meaning used by the Saskatchewan Department of Education for some Grade 12 teachers. Teachers who wish to teach in a K-12 school division should consult the Saskatchewan Teachers Professional Regulatory Board for more information.
To apply for TESL Sask accreditation, the following is required:
- Any university degree
- 240 hours of post secondary education specializing in TESL-related areas or equivalent; the training must be from a recognized institution
- A minimum of 1000 hours of full time teaching in, and in charge of, an ESL classroom
- Membership in TESL Sask
- A fee of $75.00
In order to qualify for TESL Sask accreditation, please see the charts below or click here to download the pdf file.
Foreign Credential Evaluation (WES/IQAS)
|240 hours TESL
Education? (See Table B)
|Reference letter/ performance review from accredited supervisor||Letter documenting 1000
For Permanent status
|Letter documenting Less than 1000 hours teaching for interim status||Language Proficiency TEST
(See Table C)
|If any of your degrees (graduate or undergraduate) was obtained in Canada and the language of instruction to obtain the degree was English.
|If any of your degrees (graduate or undergraduate) was obtained in Canada and language of instruction to obtain the degree was French.
|If any of your degrees (graduate or undergraduate) was obtained abroad –not in Canada, but was obtained in any of the countries in Table A (English as Official Language country)
|If any of your university graduate or undergraduate degree was obtained in any of the countries that is not in Table A (English as Official Language country).
|You do not need a language proficiency test if you have|
|Completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking university in one of the following countries: Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nigeria, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Saint Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.|
|Table B: The successful applicant should have 18 credits (6 courses / 240 hours) in TESL/language acquisition theory, TESL methods, and English structural linguistics. There are other courses than can be used and they are in the following table.|
|3 courses must be:||2 courses could be:||1 course could be:||Total credit courses to obtain accreditation: 6|
Minimum 9 credits (3 courses or 120 hrs.) in TESL/ language acquisition theory, TESL methods, and English structural linguistics.
|6 credits (2 courses /Max 80 hrs.) Education foundations, Adult education, Special Education (with relevance to EAL learning) or Counseling||3 credits (1 course /Max 40 hrs.) in Anthropology, Indigenous education, second language acquisition in a language other than English, Psychology, or Sociology (specifically addressing language or cultural issues)||Total credit courses to obtain accreditation: 6|
|The above courses are a must.||If not enough TESL courses, any of the above courses could be used (up to 2 courses).||If not enough TESL courses, any of the above courses could be used (up to 1 course).||Note: Under certain circumstances, for example, when a transcript does not make clear the status of a course as TESL-specific, we will accept such items as Master’s thesis, etc. as proof of relevance. Please contact the Accreditation Committee via the TESL Board Assistant, in advance, if you believe that you may need to provide such supplementary documentation.
|Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)||• 70|
|CanTEST (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking/Oral Bands)||• 4.5 with No Band below 4.0|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Version)||• 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band|
|Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)||• 85|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic||• 59|
*Institutional ITP TOEFL is not accepted
|TOEFL Internet-based||• 80 with a minimum of 20 in each of the four components|
In order to establish your claim, you must send the following documentation to TESL Sask. All documents must be translated if they are not in English.
- Education Claim: Original transcripts or notarized copies of transcripts that document your university degree
- Formal TESL Training Claim: Your relevant transcript or transcripts from an appropriate training institution as described above, or a notarized copy of that transcript. Highlight the relevant classes on your transcript in accordance with the following list of applicable subject areas:
- 240 hours (18 credits/6 courses) in TESL/language acquisition theory, TESL methods, and English structural linguistics
- at least 120 hours (9 credits/3 courses) in TESL/language acquisition theory, TESL methods and English structural linguistics
- no more than 80 hours(6 credits/2 courses) maximum in Education Foundations, Adult Education or Counselling
- no more than 40 hours (3 credits, one course) maximum in second language acquisition in a language other than English; Psychology; Anthropology; Indigenous education; or Sociology, specifically addressing language or cultural issues
- Teaching Experience Claim: A letter or record of employment from your employer(s) stating the number of English language teaching hours, dates, type of classroom, institution (original or notarized copy); a performance review, supervision report, or letter of reference from a past supervisor or supervisors that demonstrates your competence in the English language teaching context (original or notarized copy). As resolved at the 2011 TESL Sask AGM, the letter of reference or supervisors report must be from a person who has observed you as an instructor and whose credentials are at least equivalent to TESL Sask accreditation standards.
- No documents will be returned. If you expect to find it difficult to obtain new originals of any key document, please submit notarized copies.
- If we are unable to find in favor of accreditation because your documentation is in any way incomplete, a re-submission fee of $20.00 will be charged when you complete your application package. Please ensure that you qualify for accreditation before you apply.
- Under certain circumstances, for example when a transcript does not make clear the status of a course as TESL-specific, we will accept such items as Master’s theses, etc. as proof of relevance. Please contact the Accreditation Committee via the Board Assistant in advance if you believe that you may need to provide such supplementary documentation.
Need More Information?
If you have any questions about the process, the forms, or your qualifications, please contact the Board Assistant for TESL Sask, who will refer you to an Accreditation Committee member. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for TESL Sask accreditation, please download, fill out, and submit the form below. This form is in fillable pdf format.
To make a payment for your accreditation application (or re-accreditation), you may use one of the following two options.
- Mail a cheque or money order payable to TESL Saskatchewan, or
- Complete the Online Payment Form below.
Submission of Application:
- Deadlines for submissions are January 31, May 31, and September 30 every year. The Accreditation Committee will meet in February, June, and October to review submissions.
- You should receive written notification of your accreditation status in the month following this meeting.
- Submit your application and all documentation to:
TESL Sask Accreditation Committee
c/o Board Assistant
Box 37067, Regina SK S4S 7K3