Registering for classes

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Once your application for admission to the University of Saskatchewan has been accepted and you have received your admission letter, you will be permitted to register for CERTESL courses using the online registration system known as PAWS (Personalized Access to Web Services) PAWS Help.

Recommended PAWS channels to add to favourites are:

  • Registration
  • My Textbooks
  • Course Tools
  • Tuition and Fees
  • My Final Grades
  • Degree Works
  • Transcripts and Degree Confirmation

Course work successfully completed within the last ten years and deemed to be equivalent to CERTESL courses may be transferable into the CERTESL Program. You may be eligible to receive transfer credits into the CERTESL Program up to a maximum of 50% of the program (the equivalent of three CERTESL courses). If you wish to have prior coursework evaluated for possible transfer, please use the course transfer application.

All students are strongly encouraged to register in their classes by August 15 (Term 1), December 15 (Term 2) and April 15 (Spring and Summer session) to ensure that any course materials, such as textbook purchases, arrive before the start of classes.  This is particularly important for Term 2 as all University of Saskatchewan services (including the University Bookstore) are closed for the winter holiday season between December 25 and January 1.

Your class syllabus and materials will be posted online in Blackboard, which you will access via PAWS, on the first day of classes at the start of the term. The ECUR 446.3-Supervised Practicum syllabus may be posted up to two weeks prior to the start of term to accommodate ESL class schedules within host programs. Visit Course Tools Support to view Blackboard tutorials for students, help documents and tutorial videos.

All electronic contact with the instructors will be through course announcement messages found in the Blackboard Course Tools or through your PAWS email (NSID@mail.usask.ca) account. Due to privacy and identification issues, instructors may not respond to messages from outside email addresses. Students should not contact instructors before the first day of class.

Please note that all final exams in the CERTESL program are invigilated and written in a live setting. Exams are not available in an online format. Not all CERTESL courses include final exams; please review the class syllabus for information relevant to your class.

Course offerings and textbooks

To view classes being offered at the U of S, visit the Search for Classes page. Note:  When searching for classes, you will find ECUR classes listed under the subject of “Curriculum Studies” and TESL classes under “Teaching Engl as a Second Lang.”

All the courses in the CERTESL program are offered in a distance education format through online delivery or independent study. Courses with insufficient enrolment of fewer than five students prior to the first day of classes each term are subject to cancellation.

To be awarded the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, students must complete or receive credit for six courses in the program.

The University of Saskatchewan employs a degree audit service, called Degree Works, that allows students to monitor completed and outstanding program requirements. To find more details and access this service, visit Degree Works.

  1. ECUR 291.3: An Introduction to the Teaching of English as a Second Language
  2. ECUR 292.3: The Structure of English for Language Teaching OR
    ECUR 375.3: TESL/TESD for Aboriginal People
  3. ECUR 391.3: Theory of Second Language Learning and Methods of Skills Development
  4. TESL 32: Materials Selection and Development in Language Teaching OR
    TESL 36: Literacy in TESL/TESD OR
    ECUR 415.3: Current Issues in English as an Additional Language*
  5. ECUR 393.3: Advanced Methods in Teaching English as a Second or Additional Language
  6. ECUR 446.3: Supervised Practicum for English Language Teaching OR
    TESL 43: Professional Project

*Note: K-12 teachers may substitute ECUR 415.3 in lieu of TESL 32 or TESL 36; permission is required.

The following courses in the CERTESL Program are equivalent.

ECUR 291.3: An Introduction to the Teaching of English as a Second Language AND
TESL 21.0: Overview of Teaching English as a Second Language

ECUR 292.3: The Structure of English for Language Teaching AND
TESL 333.3: The Structure of English for Language Teaching AND
TESL 33.0: English Grammar and Phonology

ECUR 391.3: Theory of Second Language Learning and Methods of Skills Development AND
TESL 31.0: TESL Theory and Skill Development

ECUR 393.3: Advanced Methods in Teaching English as a Second or Additional Language AND
TESL 35.0: Approaches to Language Teaching

ECUR 446.3: Supervised Practicum for English Language Teaching AND
TESL 442.3: Supervised Practicum for English Language Teaching AND
TESL 42.0: Supervised Practicum

Class Syllabus and Course Information

A syllabus is provided for each U of S class. Your class syllabus provides important information about learning outcomes, textbooks and required materials, learning module schedules with assignment and exam dates, relative marking weight of assignments and examinations, and instructor contact information and availability. To view a current class syllabus, login to your online learning modules or visit ocw.usask.ca. A syllabus for each class should be posted by the start of the term. 

To view a syllabus from a previous year, please visit the Syllabus Archive. To view detailed course overviews and learning module objectives, please visit Detailed Course Information.

Textbooks

Information regarding the required and recommended textbooks will be included in each class syllabus as well as the "My Textbooks" menu option in the Academics channel in your PAWS account. You are encouraged to place your textbook orders early to avoid delays. Textbooks may be purchased from the University’s Bookstore. For full details on searching for textbook and ordering information, please visit the University of Saskatchewan Bookstore. You may also choose to obtain your textbooks through alternative retailers; however, the University Bookstore maintains competitive pricing and stocks all textbooks required for University of Saskatchewan courses.

You are encouraged to register for your course(s) and order textbooks early. Late registration may result in textbook shortages and delays. In particular, internationally-located students are encouraged to register in courses and order textbooks as soon possible after they are informed of acceptance as international shipping timelines can be significant and can take up to six weeks in some cases.

Study resources and support

Study Skills

Distance education classes can require a great deal of persistence and self-discipline. Courses in the CERTESL Program are delivered at a upper-year university level; you should expect to work a minimum of ten hours per week per course. Remember that keeping on top of your coursework will help alleviate stress associated with assignment deadlines and exams. Academic support is always available through your course instructors and the Academic Coordinator. It is essential that students communicate any issues with course material with their instructors. Study Skills Help is available through the University of Saskatchewan Library.

DEU Writing Centre

The DEU Writing Centre provides tools and support to help you write effective essays, reports, or reviews. Simply submit a project draft, and a qualified tutor will assess your work and offer advice to improve your project. Note: Tutors will not write, edit, or proofread your assignments. Visit the DEU Writing Centre for additional details.

Distance and Distributed Library Services

Distance and Distributed Library Services are available to all University of Saskatchewan students who reside outside of Saskatoon and cannot access Library collections and services in person. All students residing of outside Saskatoon are encouraged to visit Distance and Distributed Library Services to review of the full range of resources and services available.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the CERTESL program is assessed on a course-by-course basis under Education Category 2.  If you are not a citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, you will be assessed tuition using the international student schedule.  Students enrolled in online distance education courses are also subject to off-campus student fees.  Registration, tuition and fee payment, and withdrawal deadlines apply to all students, including off-campus and international students.

Exam information

Note: All final examinations in the CERTESL program are invigilated and written in a live setting.  Exams are not available in an online format.  Not all CERTESL courses include final exams; please review the class syllabus for information relevant to your class.

Examination Regulations

All final exams are scheduled by University of Saskatchewan administration during the exam period identified in the academic calendar. Examination security difficulties are inherent in the accommodation of requests for alternate final exams. Therefore, you must regard registration in a class as a commitment to accept the final exam date and the policy on deferred examinations at the University of Saskatchewan. You are expected to write the final exams for all courses on the regularly scheduled examination dates for the term in which you registered and in accordance with the normal invigilation procedures for undergraduate degree-level courses.

Final exams will be held at selected centres in Saskatchewan based on student registrations. These centres are classified as “regular” centres. No fee will be charged for writing a regularly scheduled final exam at a regular examination centre. Regular examination centres are able to accommodate the invigilation of two separate sittings per term per student.

If you are unable to write the final exam(s) at a regular centre in Saskatchewan, an application for the establishment of a “special” centre is required. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements to write the exam(s) at an educational institution under the supervision of an invigilator approved by the Distance Education Unit. In addition, you will be responsible for any financial reimbursement that may be required for the invigilation. Special centres must be neutral locations and invigilators must be arm's-length individuals (not friends, relatives, co-workers or supervisors of the student). Academic staff and venues are preferred although other options may be accepted.

For more information go to University of Saskatchewan Exams.

Access and Equity Services

If you require accommodations based on a diagnosed learning, medical, physical, or mental health disability; religion; family status, including pregnancy; and/or gender identity, you must register with Access and Equity Services (AES), formerly Disability Services for Students (DSS), in order to access AES programs and supports. For AES exam accommodations, please ensure that you compete the AES Exam Accommodation form within the applicable deadlines. 

For more information, please visit Access and Equity Services or contact 306.966.7273 or aes@usask.ca.

Deferred Examinations

There are set rules and regulations that govern deferred exam requests at the University of Saskatchewan. Applicable circumstances include those such as for compassionate, health-related, and other legitimate unforeseen and uncontrollable reasons. A written request for a deferred exam must be directed to the CERTESL Program Office by email or fax within three business days of the missed exam. Upon receipt of this request, a deferred application form will be provided to you. The application form as well as detailed documentary evidence outlining the reason(s) for the request must be returned to the CERTESL Program Office by deadlines outlined in the academic calendar. The applicable deferred examination fees, which are set by University of Saskatchewan policy, will be assessed directly to your student tuition and fees account. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements to write the exam under the supervision of an invigilator approved by the Distance Education Unit. In addition, you will be responsible for any financial reimbursement that may be required for invigilation.

Please note that an additional fee of $25.00 plus any applicable courier fees will be charged per deferred exam written in off-campus locations. If you are unable to write a deferred exam as scheduled, you must notify the CERTESL Program Office in writing within three business days. In the same manner as with a regularly scheduled examination, satisfactory evidence of your inability to be present at the deferred exam must be provided.

Supplemental Examinations

If you obtain a failing final grade between 45% and 49%, but you have completed and passed all other coursework, you may apply to write a supplemental exam. Final grades are reviewed after each exam period and eligible students are notified of this option by email. The application form must be returned no later than the deadlines outlined in the academic calendar. The applicable supplemental examination fees, which are set by University of Saskatchewan policy, will be assessed directly to your student tuition and fees account. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements to write the exam under the supervision of an invigilator approved by the Distance Education Unit. In addition, you will be responsible for any financial reimbursement that may be required for invigilation.

Please note that an additional fee of $25.00 plus any applicable courier fees will be charged per supplemental exam written in off-campus locations. If you are unable to write a supplemental exam as scheduled, you must notify the CERTESL Program Office in writing within three business days. In the same manner as with a regularly scheduled examination, satisfactory evidence of your inability to be present at the supplemental exam must be provided.

Practicum and Project information

ECUR 446.3 Supervised Practicum

You must demonstrate 10 hours of Observations Across CERTESL in an ESL/EFL classroom prior to requesting permission to register for ECUR 446.3 (formerly TESL 442.3).

Prerequisites: Completion or equivalent of ECUR 291.3, ECUR 292.3, ECUR 391.3, and one of TESL 32, TESL 36, ECUR 375.3, ECUR 415.3, or ECUR 490.3.

This course is designed to provide student-teacher trainees with the opportunity to apply theory and practice in the field of English as a Second Language. During the practicum, trainees will observe experienced language teachers and discuss classroom applications and the needs of various types of language learners. Student-teachers will observe ESL classes, plan lessons, teach in a supervised environment, carry out a small reflective teaching project, and receive scheduled feedback and guidance on their teaching from both a local sponsor-teacher and a University of Saskatchewan practicum instructor.

  • This course is graded Pass/Fail with no final examination.
  • English proficiency for both first/primary and additional language speakers of English will be assessed during the practicum. Excellent oral and written proficiency is required to obtain a grade of Pass in the practicum. As described in the course syllabus, if you are an additional language speaker of English, your instructor must be satisfied that your proficiency is at least equivalent to a score of 5.0 in the CanTEST at the end of your practicum. Otherwise, if you do not meet this proficiency level, you may be required to have your English language skills re-evaluated by TOEFL, IELTS, CanTEST, or another recognized test of academic English prior to receiving a grade on your practicum. Regardless of whether English is your first/primary language, you may fail the practicum if you do not demonstrate a high standard of written and oral proficiency.
  • A $150.00 materials fee is assessed with tuition at the time of registration in the course.

During the practicum, CERTESL student-teachers are required to conduct 10 hours of in-class observations and teach for 10 hours. TESL Saskatchewan Level 2, TESL Canada Standard 2 and TESL Ontario candidates must also register in the Practicum Additional Hours Module to complete the required 20 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching. Student-teachers must locate and organize suitable local host venues, practicum supervisors and language learners before registering in ECUR 446.3 or the Additional Hours Module. A qualified local practicum supervisor must observe student-teacher trainees during all of the required hours. If appropriate, a student-teacher may carry out the guided observations and supervised teaching components of the practicum in the classroom of the supervisor. This supervisor must hold a university degree and have at least three years of EAL teaching experience. The supervisor must also have substantial formal academic training as an English-language teacher that meets or exceeds TESL Canada or provincial ESL instructor accreditation standards. If the student-teacher is pursuing TESL Saskatchewan accreditation, the supervisor must also meet or exceed that accreditation, etc. The supervisor should not be a relative, close personal friend, or reside at the same address as the student-teacher. 

You must submit a Supervisor Approval Form prior to the strict deadlines, found below, before being granted permission to enrol in ECUR 446.3-Supervised Practicum for English Language Teaching. The CERTESL Academic Coordinator will review the application and advise you of any issues regarding the approval of the suggested supervisor. If the supervisor is not acceptable to the CERTESL Program, you will be required to select a different supervisor and submit another Supervisor Approval Form. As an academic component of the course, you will be required to submit practicum plans, reports, and assignments to the instructor as listed in the course syllabus.  You must complete these components in order to receive a passing grade.

Requirements of your supervisor: 
Your supervisor will be required to observe your student-teaching for at least 10 hours during the practicum period, offer constructive oral feedback following every teaching session and submit written reports to your University of Saskatchewan ECUR 446.3 course instructor. A detailed guide will be provided to your practicum supervisor prior to the beginning of the course. A modest honorarium will be paid to your supervisor after all reports and grades have been submitted. Student-teachers completing the Practicum Additional Hours module must complete a total of 20 hours of supervised teaching during the practicum period.

As noted above, your approved local practicum supervisor must be present for all required practicum teaching hours. If it is necessary for a second individual to assist, for instance scheduling or if the approved supervisor is ill, the alternate supervisor must also be approved by the CERTESL Academic Coordinator. You must submit a Supervisor Approval Form for each potential supervisor prior to the strict submission deadlines. Late approval forms will not be accepted, except in the case of sudden illness or other serious unforeseen circumstances. If any of your practicum teaching hours are supervised by anyone other than your program approved supervisor, you jeopardize your successful completion of the practicum and your future professional certification.

Practicum Additional Hours Module

Candidates for TESL Saskatchewan Level 2 or TESL Ontario accreditation and/or TESL Canada Standard 2 certification must also register in the Practicum Additional Hours module to satisfy the requirements of these organizations. These student-teacher trainees are required to complete practicum programs including 30 hours of total guided observations and 20 hours of total supervised teaching. The additional hours module accommodates these requirements with the addition of 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching to the core CERTESL program. Candidates for TESL Saskatchewan, TESL Canada and/or TESL Ontario credentials must complete practicum programs within Canada. You must simultaneously register in ECUR 446.3 and the Additional Hours module to complete this requirement. To register in the Practicum Additional Hours module, you must submit the registration and supervisor approval forms by the appropriate deadlines, including a $155.00 materials fee.

TESL 43 Professional Project

You must demonstrate 10 hours of Observations Across CERTESL in an ESL/EFL classroom prior to requesting permission to register for TESL 43.

Prerequisites: Completion or equivalent of ECUR 291.3 and ECUR 391.3 or ECUR 375.3, and one other TESL course.

Registration in TESL 43 is restricted to students who have already completed Bachelor of Education degrees and/or have significant demonstrable teaching experience. Students must draw from their teaching histories and previous internship/practicum experiences to develop projects specific to their teaching environments. NOTE: TESL Canada, TESL Ontario, and TESL Saskatchewan require candidates to have completed practicums in order to qualify for certification/accreditation; these organizations may allow practicum substitutions for candidates who have completed TESL 43 and have a required number of documented teaching hours.

This course will assist in directing ongoing professional development. The project is designed to help students participate in research, or in program, curriculum, or materials development. The readings are designed to help students relate classroom practice to topics covered in the CERTESL program, develop skills of introspection and self-assessment and to improve teaching practice. This course will extend and deepen knowledge in areas of professional interest relevant to teaching in the LINC context or relevant to teaching in the K-12 or Special Purposes contexts, as appropriate for current or intended areas of practice.

English proficiency for both first/primary and additional language speakers of English will be assessed during the project. Excellent oral and written proficiency is required to obtain a passing grade; you may fail the course if you do not demonstrate a high standard of written and oral proficiency.

Practicum and Project Deadlines

Students must submit the required documents prior to the strict deadlines below. Late submission will not be accepted.

                  
Supervisor Approval Forms Additional Hours Module Registration Observations Across CERTESL
Term 1
August 1 August 1 August 15
Term 2
December 1 December 1 December 15
Spring/Summer
April 1 April 1 April 15

Withdrawing from a class

Should it become necessary to switch or withdraw from a class for any reason, you must drop the class in PAWS to cancel your registration. If you drop a class before the deadline for registration changes, all applicable tuition and student fees will be credited to your account or refunded and your grades will not be affected. 

If you drop a class after the deadline for registration changes, a portion of the tuition may be credited or refunded, depending on when you withdraw from the class, and you will receive a grade of Withdrawal (W). Failure to appropriately withdraw from a class will result in the full assessment of tuition and fees and the assignment of a 0% or failing grade.

See the registration deadlines for specific withdrawal deadlines.

 Non-payment of fees, non-attendance and/or non-submission of assignments and exams does not constitute withdrawal from a class. You must withdraw in PAWS by the deadline dates to avoid academic and financial penalties.

Academic and Graduation Standards

The following academic standards ensure adequate progress is being made towards successful completion of the CERTESL program and that students meet the standards for graduation eligibility:

Completion of Coursework

  • A passing grade is 50%.
  • Students must submit and pass all assignments and write and pass the final exam, if applicable, in order to be assigned a passing grade in any given course.  At the discretion of the instructor, a student may be allowed one rewrite of an assignment within a reasonable period of time during the academic term of enrollment in the course. A student may apply to write a supplemental final exam if he or she receives a failing overall course grade of no less than 45% after initial final grades are posted.

Retaking Courses

  • Students will be permitted to take the same course more than once in order to improve their final grades. The highest grade obtained in a particular course will be used to calculate a student’s overall program average.

Requirements to Discontinue

  • Students who have either failed the same course a second time or have failed two separate courses will be advised to discontinue from the CERTESL program. Students may re-apply for admission to the program after a period of one year.

Graduation Eligibility

  • Graduation candidates must have obtained a minimum grade of 50% in each course.
  • Graduation candidates must have achieved an overall average of 60% based on the following courses:
    • ECUR 291.3 or equivalent
    • ECUR 292.3 or equivalent
    • ECUR 391.3, ECUR 375.3, or equivalent
    • ECUR 393.3 or equivalent
    • TESL 32, TESL 36, ECUR 415.3, or equivalent
  • Graduation candidates must have received a passing grade in the practicum or professional project course:
    • ECUR 446.3 or equivalent or TESL 43

The University of Saskatchewan employs a degree audit service, called Degree Works, that allows students to monitor completed and outstanding program requirements. To find more details and access this service, visit Degree Works.

Convocation

Students who have completed the CERTESL Program are eligible to apply to graduate twice per year as part of the University of Saskatchewan's Spring or Fall Convocation ceremonies. Certificates are issued by the University of Saskatchewan during convocation periods only. Once you have completed the academic requirements of the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, you must submit an Application to Graduate though PAWS by the appropriate deadlines. 

For more information on Convocation procedures and applying to graduate, visit the Graduation page.

Access the online application to graduate.

Professional Certification

TESL Saskatchewan Level 1 (Introductory) Accreditation

CERTESL program graduates who have completed the core program of six courses, including the Supervised Practicum or Professional Project and 1000 hours of successful ESL teaching experience, and who have also completed university degrees exceed TESL Saskatchewan Level 1 accreditation standards.

TESL Saskatchewan Level 2 (Competency) Accreditation

CERTESL program graduates who have completed the extended program of seven courses, including the Supervised Practicum and Practicum Additional Hours module or Professional Project and 1000 hours of successful ESL teaching experience, and who have also completed university degrees are eligible for TESL Saskatchewan Level 2 accreditation. 

TESL Canada Standard 1 Certification

CERTESL program graduates who have also completed university degrees and who completed the Supervised Practicum option in an adult program setting are eligible for TESL Canada Standard 1 certification.

TESL Canada Standard 2 Certification

CERTESL program graduates who have also completed university degrees and who have completed seven courses in CERTESL, including the TSupervised Practicum and Practicum Additional Hours module, are eligible for TESL Canada Standard 2 certification. Students who began their training programs prior to September 2017 may not be required to complete the additional hours module.

TESL Ontario Accreditation

CERTESL program graduates who have also completed university degrees and who have completed seven courses in CERTESL, including the TSupervised Practicum and Practicum Additional Hours module, are eligible for TESL Ontario accreditation. 

Please contact the accrediting/certifying body most relevant to your situation for more details.