CERTESL and PDCEAL
CERTESL shares a number of courses with PDCEAL.
If you are a teacher with at least one year of teaching experience and in Class 4 of the provincial pre-K to 12 salary grid on the basis of a B.Ed. degree, or in Class 5 on the basis of a B.Ed. and recognized postgraduate studies, you should investigate PDCEAL as your best path to Class 5 or 6. Information about PDCEAL is online explore.usask.ca and can also be obtained by contacting the Department of Curriculum Studies at (306) 966-7601.
If you are already in Class 6, you can meet essential training needs for K to 12 EAL education as a CERTESL student, tailoring your six-course program to match your current or anticipated teaching needs.
If you are in Class 5 on the basis of a B.Ed. and either an Additional Qualification Certificate or a similar ten-course credential approved by the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board, or a non-Honours undergraduate degree, you will need a year of post-degree study to reach Class 6. There are Master’s-level options at both the University of Saskatchewan and other Canadian universities that you can research.
If you have finished a B.Ed. degree but do not yet have a year of teaching experience, you may be able to start your PDC training as a CERTESL student during the four-or five-year transition period from the old CERTESL-administered AQC in TEAL into the new PDCEAL program. Please contact the CERTESL academic coordinator for advising.
Three degree-credit courses within either CERTESL or PDCEAL match the amount of degree-credit TESL coursework mandated by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) ESL Part I certification endorsement. Three more courses match the degree-credit hours for OCT—ESL Part II. Eventually, we anticipate that the full ten-course PDCEAL may be accepted as meeting ESL Specialist requirements of OCT, but please consult an advisor at OCT before planning that far ahead.