Superintendent’s Policy Directive # 2

Approval of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Programs

Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

Directive

Pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (the “Act”), private career colleges (PCCs) that offer a Teaching English as a Second Language (“TESL”) program must have the program approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges (Superintendent).

PCCs are required to meet one of two minimum standards for TESL programs:

  1. TESL Ontario Accreditation – for programs with a minimum of 300 hours that adhere to the TESL Ontario program accreditation standards and prepare students for employment as ESL teachers in all ESL programs and settings (i.e. federally-funded, provincially and territorially-funded, and private ESL programs).
  2. TESL Canada Standard One – for programs with a minimum of 120 hours that adhere to the TESL Canada Standard One program standards and prepare students for employment as ESL teachers in private language schools only.

Authority

Subsection 53(1)(a) of the Act enables the Superintendent to issue policy directives setting out standards for vocational programs or classes of vocational programs.

Pursuant to subsection 53(2) of the Act, policy directives issued by the Superintendent are legal requirements that are binding on all PCCs and every PCC must comply with and operate in accordance with the Policy Directive.

Enforcement

Under subsection 24(1) of the Act, the Superintendent may revoke a PCC’s approval to provide a specified vocational program if the Superintendent believes that the program fails to meet the conditions of the approval or the applicable standards or performance objectives set out in the Superintendent’s policy directives or no longer offers the skills and knowledge that would enable graduates to obtain employment in the vocation that is the subject of the program.

Compliance

TESL Ontario

When a PCC applies for approval of a new TESL program (i.e. a program that the PCC has not yet begun to deliver to students) that is a minimum of 300 hours, the PCC must provide documentation from TESL Ontario that demonstrates the PCC has met the TESL Ontario standards.

PCCs that receive TESL Ontario recognition do not need to use disclosures in the student enrolment contract as graduates of the program will be eligible for employment in any program and setting (i.e. federally-funded, provincially and territorially-funded, and private ESL programs).

PCCs should refer to Fact Sheet #3 – Interim Third-party Program Assessment for the contact information for TESL Ontario.

PCCs that have obtained TESL Ontario recognition must maintain TESL Ontario recognition in order to continue delivering the program.

TESL Canada

When a PCC applies for approval of a new TESL program (i.e. a program that the PCC has not yet begun to deliver to students) that is a minimum of 120 hours, the PCC must provide documentation from TESL Canada that demonstrates the PCC has met, at a minimum, the TESL Canada Standard One.

PCCs should refer to Fact Sheet #3 – Interim Third-party Program Assessment for the contact information for TESL Canada.

PCCs that deliver programs recognized by TESL Canada must ensure that all promotional materials and enrolment contracts make clear that graduates will not qualify for employment in federally or provincially and territorially-funded programs.

As a condition of program approval, PCCs offering programs recognized by TESL Canada will be required to use a ministry-specified disclosure in the student enrolment contract that advises students that they will not be eligible for employment in federally, provincially or territorially-funded programs upon graduation. Please contact the ministry at the contact information provided below to obtain a copy of the required disclosure.

PCCs that have obtained TESL Canada recognition must maintain TESL Canada recognition in order to continue delivering the program.

Effective Date

This policy directive is effective May 6, 2016.

This document is a legal document and is binding on all private career colleges.  Every private career college shall comply with and be operated in accordance with this policy directive.

If you have questions about the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities at:

Private Career Colleges Branch
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
77 Wellesley Street, Box 977
Toronto, ON M7A 1N3
Telephone: 416-314-0500 or 1-866-330-3395
Fax: 416-314-0499
Website: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

The full text of the act and regulations can also be downloaded from the Ontario government E-Laws website.

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