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Certificate Programs

A variety of certificate programs are offered through TWU Extension. Delivered at non-traditional times, formats, and locations, these programs are developed for the adult and non-traditional learner. Certificate programs feature laddering options to ensure smooth transition into bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Completion requirements and standards vary by program. Visit www.twu.ca/extension for more information.

Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program

TESOL is a comprehensive university-accredited program that includes the following core components:

  • principles of teaching language
  • knowledge of the English language
  • cross-cultural communications
  • experience in the ESL/EFL classroom

The TWU TESOL Program is designed for

  • Post-degree students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and would like to add a TESOL certificate
  • Pre-degree students who may or may not wish to apply the credits toward a bachelor’s degree
  • Current students wishing to pursue a TESOL emphasis in their undergraduate program at TWU or in partnering institutions
  • Current teachers in the public or private education field who wish to add a TESOL specialization
  • International students or teachers who have met TWU’s language requirements

There are three certificate options to choose from

  1. TESOL Certificate (26 sem. hrs.) provides a thorough understanding of English language teaching for today’s world. This certificate qualifies for TESL Canada Standard II.
  2. Certificate in Fundamentals of English Language Teaching (10 sem. hrs.) gives a foundation in teaching English locally or abroad.
  3. Certificate in TESOL Tutoring (10 sem. hrs.) presents how tutoring can be used for work or ministry.

See Linguistics section of this Calendar for information on a minor in TESOL.


  1. TESOL Certificate requires the successful completion of 26 sem. hrs.:

    LING 210 (2 sem. hrs.) - Language and Society
    LING 268 (3 sem. hrs.) - Introduction to TESOL
    LING 301 (1 sem. hr.) - TESOL Volunteer Practicum
    LING 302 (3 sem. hrs.) - Cross-Cultural Communication (or LING 481 sem. hrs.)
    LING 305 (3 sem. hrs.) - The Grammar of English for TESOL
    LING 306 (3 sem. hrs.) - The Sound System of English
    LING 410 (3 sem. hrs.) - Teaching Listening and Speaking
    LING 420 (3 sem. hrs.) - Teaching Reading and Writing
    LING 401 (1 sem. hr.) - TESOL Teaching Practicum

    plus 4 sem. hrs. from the following TESOL electives:
    LING 304 (2 sem. hrs.) - Tutoring English Language Learners
    LING 312 (1 sem. hr.) - Testing in TESOL
    LING 313 (1 sem. hr.) - Teaching English Phonology and Intonation
    LING 314 (1 sem. hr.) - Teaching Beginners ESL
    LING 315 (1 sem. hr.) – Computer-Assisted Instruction in TESOL
    LING 316 (1 sem. hr.) - Classroom Management in TESOL
    LING 317 (1 sem. hr.) - Materials Creation and Evaluation in TESOL
    LING 318 (1 sem. hr.) - Using Drama in TESOL
    LING 319 (1 sem. hr.) - Issues in TESOL and Missions
  2. Certificate in Fundamentals of English Language Teaching requires the successful completion of 10 sem. hrs.:

    LING 268 (3 sem. hrs.) Introduction to TESOL
    LING 301 (1 sem. hr.) TESOL Volunteer Practicum
    LING 305 (3 sem. hrs.)
    or
    LING 306 (3 sem. hrs.)
    The Grammar of English
    or
    The Sound System of English
    3 TESOL electives at the 300-level
  3. Certificate in TESOL Tutoring requires the successful completion of 10 sem. hrs.:

    LING 268 (3 sem. hrs.) Introduction to TESOL
    LING 301 (1 sem. hr.) TESOL Volunteer Practicum
    LING 304 (2 sem. hrs.) Tutoring English Language Learners
    LING 305 (3 sem. hrs.)
    OR
    LING 306 (3 sem. hrs.)
    The Grammar of English
    or
    The Sound System of English
    One TESOL elective at the 300-level

Project Management Professional Certificate Program

There is an increasing demand for skilled project management professionals in our rapidly changing workplace. Employers are looking for trained people to successfully plan and execute complex work projects that are on target with budgets and time. Project Managers are identified as having strong leadership and organizational skills, which, combined with experience in current technologies, make a project manager an in-demand employee in nearly any organization or industry. The 20 sem. hr. Project Management Certificate may also be laddered into the B.A. in Leadership program. Additionally, the certificate prepares students to apply for and pass the Project Management Institute’s PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. This program is designed specifically for the busy, working adult and is currently available online through our Bellingham Extension site. Courses are completed in six- to seven-week cycles.

Courses Semester Credits Course Name
PMPP 201 3 sem. hrs. Introduction to Project Management (PMPP 201 is a prerequisite to registration for each of the following courses - except with instructor permission to enroll)
PMPP 302 3 sem. hrs. Project Management Foundation: Project Scope Management, Schedule Management, Cost Management
PMPP 303 3 sem. hrs. Principles, Tools, and Practices of Project Risk Management
PMPP 304 3 sem. hrs. Philosophy, Principles and Practices of Quality Management
PMPP 305 3 sem. hrs. Project Management Infrastructure: Human Resources, Communication and Procurement
PMPP 401 3 sem. hrs. Project Management Certification (CAPM or PMP)
PMPP 402 2 sem. hrs. Project Management Practicum

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

This certificate consists of five graduate level courses for educators. Serving multiple educational audiences, this program may be taken as a stand-alone certificate or may be laddered towards the M.A. in Leadership program for those seeking further degree options. This program is designed for current and prospective principals, assistant principals, curriculum and grade coordinators, teachers, and leaders in educational organizations. Some courses are delivered in face-to-face formats during Summer sessions and some are delivered online between September and May. Check www.twu.ca/extension for schedules.

Program Content:

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership requires the successful completion of five courses (15 sem. hrs.).

Core Requirements:
EDUC 622 Leadership in Educational Organizations (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 624 School Leadership and Supervision (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 625 Instructional Leadership and the Dynamics of Change (3 sem. hrs.)
Elective Courses (choose two):
EDUC 621 Worldview Foundations for Schooling (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 623 Developing Educational Programs (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 626 Legal, Political, and Social Contexts of Education (3 sem. hrs.)

Graduate Certificate in Christian School Education

Similar to the above Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, this program is for teachers and prospective teachers in Christian schools who want to enhance or develop a Christian worldview perspective in their teaching style and content. The program assists teachers in developing a Christian understanding of educational issues. Courses in the Certificate in Christian School Education may be applied to the M.A. in Christian Studies at TWU’s ACTS seminaries. Courses at the 600 level may be used for credit towards the M.A. in Leadership (Education stream). Some courses are delivered in face-to-face formats during Summer sessions and some are delivered online between September and May. Check www.twu.ca/extension for schedules.

Program Content:

The Graduate Certificate in Christian School Education requires the successful completion of five courses (15 sem. hrs.).

Course Requirements
(choose five of the following):
EDUC 540 Christian Approaches on Teaching and Pedagogy
EDUC 545 Assessing and Evaluating Student Learning
EDUC 560 Christian Schooling: Foundations and Practices
EDUC 569 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Biblical Studies
EDUC 621 Worldview Foundations for Schooling
EDUC 622 Leadership in Educational Organizations
EDUC 623 Developing Educational Programs
Elective Option:
One approved 3 sem. hrs. course in Biblical Studies or Theology at TWU’s ACTS seminaries may be substituted.

Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs

Offered at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, this residency certificate recognizes 15 sem. hrs. of upper level credit for specialized study in governmental affairs. The program includes 6 sem. hrs. of practicum experience throughout the semester. The practicum experience is relevant to a wide variety of career choices including international relations, business, communications, history, politics, non-governmental organizations, and public service.

This program may be laddered towards a bachelor’s degree as a degree component or may be taken as an independent certificate through TWU Extension. For interested students who have a recognized bachelor’s degree, this program may be taken as a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs, with advanced study requirements. Visiting and non-degree seeking learners may access these certificates through TWU Extension.

Program Content:

The Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs requires the successful completion of:

POLS 391 Canadian Governmental Leadership (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 392 Ethics and Public Affairs (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 393 Law, Public Policy, and Cultural Change (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 361-369 Internships (6 sem. hrs.)
or 6 sem. hrs. of discipline-specific practica recognized and authorized by the student’s major or minor (e.g., Business, Communications, History, etc.).

University Transfer Certificate: Humanities and Social Sciences

This 24 sem. hrs. certificate program provides the learner with a liberal arts foundation in the humanities and social sciences. Developed for partnership institutions and organizations, the certificate provides a set of first and second year university courses applicable for transferable credit to most institutions.

Program Content:

ENGL 103 Introduction to Literature: Short Fiction and Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature: Drama and the Novel (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 111 History of Western Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 260 History of Christianity (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 210 Contemporary Ethical Issues (3 sem. hrs.)
PSYC 106 Introduction to Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)

More Information

Contact:

TWU Extension for certificate program information

Tel.:
604.513.2067

For specific course content information regarding Leadership and Applied Public Affairs Certificate, contact the TWU Langley campus liaison:

Tel.:
604.513.2121 ext. 3470

In Ottawa, contact the program director regarding Leadership and Applied Public Affairs Certificate

Tel.:
613.569.7511, ext. 5010.

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