The MATESOL degree prepares teachers to make a positive impact as they teach in academic preparation programs and community-based adult education.

This Program is No Longer Accepting New Applications

TWU MATESOL alumni contribute to the world of TESOL as teachers, materials developers, teacher-trainers, and administrators in English programs for both adults and youth in a variety of international and local contexts. 

Students have a choice between an intensive 16-20 month resident track and a 2-3 year online track that may be completed while working as a teacher. The majority of the students are required to do an internship in their final semester. 

Small class size and warm relationships with faculty, collaborating instructors, and fellow learners characterize both the online and on-campus cohorts. 

Fully Accredited 

The TWU MATESOL program meets accreditation eligibility requirements for both TESL Ontario and TESL Canada, Professional Standard Three. With these professional credentials, TWU graduates are well-equipped to teach in English language programs for adults in Canada and abroad.

Resident and online tracks

Full-time students can complete the program on campus in 16-20 months. Alternatively, the online track may be completed in two to three years while working. Most students do an internship in their final semester. Small class size and warm relationships with faculty and fellow learners characterize the learning experience of both cohorts. 

Not traditional lecture-based 

The MATESOL program is built upon a problem - based process with students critically examining ideas, theories and methods relevant to TESOL.


Courses revolve around research and case study application. Working in teams, participants research and then report their findings to the rest of the cohort. Students of diverse worldviews and cultural backgrounds share their unique perspectives during this collaborative process, creating a rich setting for both personal and professional development.


The 12-14-week internship can potentially be completed in Canada or internationally, depending on previous teaching experience and interest.  Students arrange for internship placements in consultation with the internship program coordinator. Upon program completion, international students may be eligible to apply for an extended work visa in Canada. Students interested in pursuing this are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a certified immigration consultant.

Optional thesis

After all other degree requirements have been met, an additional, optional 12-credit thesis (up to 24 months) is available.


Master of Arts (MA)

What do the Students Say?

"The professors are really with you along way, taking a personal interest in your progress and well-being."

Brenda Allen
Brenda '05
EAP Instructor - Europe

"The collaborative learning environment prepared me for leadership within the TESOL world and beyond."

Ed Temple
Ed '05
Director of Philanthropy - OIC

"The MATESOL program at TWU profoundly impacted me professionally and academically."

Winnie Pang
Winnie '08
EAP Instructor - BCIT
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Our graduate programs offer a variety of scholarships, grants, awards, and/or assistantships that provide financial assistance for students registered in full-time graduate studies.

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Admission Requirements

Are you ready to advance your professional or academic career with a graduate degree? Find out what you need to join an innovative community committed to making a positive difference in the world for Christ.

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Pre-MATESOL Program

The Pre-MATESOL Program is designed for students who have already completed undergraduate degrees in their own country and are applying for admission to TWU’s MA TESOL program.


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Faculty Profiles

William R. Acton, Ph.D.

Professor Applied Linguistics; MA TESOL Program Director

Angela Belcham, Ph.D.

Collaborating Instructor

Carolyn Kristjansson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Kay McAllister, MA

Director, TESL Certificate

Winnie Pang, MA

Collaborating Instructor

Angelina Van Dyke, MA

Collaborating Instructor