Faculty of Education

Field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

MPEd | Field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)



PLEASE NOTE: The MPEd TESOL one-year, onsite program is for International Students only.

In an increasingly globalized world, the need for proficiency in English and English language teachers worldwide is on the rise. In response to the global demand for qualified ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language) teachers, the Faculty of Education at Western University is offering a Master of Professional Education (MPEd) in the field of TESOL.

The Master of Professional Education in the field of TESOL is a dynamic program designed to help language teachers develop the required competencies to become effective English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) teachers. This program is designed specifically for international candidates who wish to enhance their ESL/EFL teaching skills, increase their level of language proficiency and obtain a master's degree in TESOL.

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  • Students will explore Ontario: see Niagara Falls, attend hockey games, and take other field trips to get to know Ontario
  • London, Ontario has over 200 parks, 22 kms of paved paths to the world's longest fresh-water beach
  • Western's English Language Centre (ELC) provides hands-on learning through tours, workshops, and one-on-one guidance
  • Western University has many social and professional development events for graduate students.

Learn more about the international graduate student experience at Western University by visiting the following websites:

Graduate Studies for International Students at Western University

Western is committed to providing culturally sensitive and inclusive services to all students, faculty and staff, while embracing the multiculturalism which defines our campus body. Approximately 20% of our graduate students are from outside of Canada, representing countries from all over the world.

There are many opportunities to get involved with international activities on campus, including joining clubs and campus projects, to volunteering with Western's international community and attending seasonal events. International students must also be aware of important administrative responsibilities with regards to their registration status:

Important Note

The successful completion of a Master of Professional degree does not lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).


The objective of the MPEd, TESOL is to provide learners with a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights that is informed by literature in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

At the end of the program, students will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of research and pedagogical competence that enables:

  1. a working comprehension of how research has been conducted to inform TESOL practice;
  2. a critical evaluation of the research literature in the disciplines or TESOL and Applied Linguistics; and
  3. the ability to critically analyze and evaluate complex pedagogical problems of practice based on established and/or innovative principles and techniques in TESOL.

Awareness and understanding of TESOL literature and pedagogy. The ability to apply the existing body of knowledge to critical analysis of questions and issues relevant to the practice of TESOL in varied settings.

a. The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  1. the exercise of initiative and of personal responsibility and accountability;
  2. decision-making in a variety of TESOL situations;

b. The intellectual independence required for continuing professional development;

c. The ethical behavior consistent with academic integrity and the use of appropriate guidelines and procedures for responsible classroom conduct; and

d. The ability to appreciate the broader implications of applying knowledge to particular contexts.

The ability to effectively communicate ideas, concepts, issues, and arguments about TESOL using the most appropriate genres and modes.

Demonstrated cognizance of the scope and complexity of TESOL literature and practice, including the potential contributions of other interpretations, methods, and disciplines.

Timing & Delivery

*September 2017 Admission Applications for both International and Domestic students are now CLOSED*

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Course Summary

ED 9300A Understanding Second Language Learning and Teaching

This course examines various factors and concepts related to the acquisition/learning of an additional language. Topics such as competence and performance, formal and informal learning, first and second language acquisition, models of second language acquisition, learning styles and strategies, and factors affecting language learning will be discussed in this course.


ED 9305 Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching

Discourse analysis involves the investigation of language in use. This course examines the analysis of spoken and written discourse structure, and discusses its applications to language teaching.

ED 9302A Teaching and Learning Vocabulary

The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge necessary to comment critically on vocabulary research and practice, and create an effective plan for vocabulary learning within a course. Issues that teachers must consider when planning for vocabulary will be examined and applied to a teaching and learning program.

ED 9303B Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

This course looks at theoretical and practical issues in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Students will examine the different CALL resources and be involved in using, evaluating and designing digital tools for language learning and teaching.

ED 9304B Teaching the Four Skills

This course looks at issues related to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the second language classroom. The principles behind teaching the four skills in another language will be discussed and the application of these principles to the preparation and use of teaching materials will be examined.


ED 9301B Social Approaches to Language Learning and Teaching

This course looks at sociolinguistic issues that are central to second language learning and teaching. It examines factors such as language attitudes and motivations, variations in language, language policies and their applications to TESOL.

ED 9306L Syllabus and Materials Design

This course explores and evaluates various approaches and theories relating to syllabus and materials design in the English language classroom. A primary objective is to help students to improve upon their abilities to create and assess materials and syllabi for use in their own teaching.

ED 9307L Language Teacher Education

This course critically examines current approaches to second language teacher education and looks at the development of strategies for critical self-awareness and self-evaluation.

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Admission Requirements


  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.


  • Honours degree.
  • Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if seats are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status: If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions: Applicants will be required to maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.

Required English Test Scores:

Test Overall Score IELTS 6.5/9. The minimum level of language proficiency required at the time of entry is an average IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual score less than 6 for consideration of direct entry. Students will be offered one or more advanced level language proficiency courses through our English Language Centre (ELC) focusing on enhancing their writing skills as well as their proficiency in other areas pertaining to ESL/EFL teachers.

Students with an average IELTS score of 6.5 or more will not be required to take an advanced level language proficiency course, but may choose to enroll in additional courses through the ELC at an added rate.

Important Dates:

Application Opens for September 2017 October 2016 (International and Domestic students)
Application Deadline for September 2017 CLOSED as of February 1, 2017
Orientation TBA
Classes Begin TBA
Program Completion August 31, 2018

Tuition Rates

*Please note that the amounts listed below are estimates and are subject to change.*

**Students must provide their own funding for this program.**


Application Fee $100.00 - Due at the time of application
Tuition Fee (International students) $27,000.00 (approximately) Fees are assessed once per term (Fall, Winter, Summer) according to the full-time status of students (not by course)
Western Ancillary Fees $1,600.00 (approximately) per year
Textbook Fees $600.00 (approximately)
Residence Costs On campus housing $5,660.00 - $7,790.00 annually
Meal Plan $3,930 - $4,490 annually

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty of Education recognizes the financial commitment required to pursue professional graduate studies.

As the majority of our programs are fully online, we offer students flexible learning that allows them to fund their education by remaining in their current employment. Some employers offer subsidization or time release opportunities for the professional learning of their employees. As a result, internal funding is not available for these programs.

There are some internal university awards for which professional programs students may be eligible. Download this PDF file for a list of internal awards.

There are also many external funding opportunities for competitive candidates in our professional programs. Download this PDF file for an additional list of over 30 external awards (see more information below). Also, visit online sites that contain numerous award opportunities.

Please note that students must apply for these awards individually. Read the qualifications carefully, and contact the award provider for more criteria and award information. Some application support is available from the Research Office for research-based awards only.

Many private financial institutions offer financing options (with particular rates and payment plans) to full-time students. Please contact a representative of your preferred financial institution for more information.

Provincial governments offer a variety of loan programs to help students finance their studies. Ontario residents may be eligible to apply for OSAP.

The Government of Canada's CanLearn website provides a listing of contact information for the offices of all government student financial assistance programs. Please visit CanLearn to find your province or territory listing. The Government of Canada implemented the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) to encourage higher education and training. The LLP allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 a year from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. For further information on this plan, visit the government's website at www.ccra.gc.ca.

Technology Requirements

While this is an onsite program and computer labs will be available to students, we recommend that students bring their own laptops for study, project, and roaming purposes.