Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate

Professional Development Opportunity with the Burnaby School District

This TESL Certificate program is designed for K-12 teachers within the Burnaby School District who are interested in growing their skills in teaching English as a second language and working toward Burnaby’s ELL qualifications. Applicants from other Lower Mainland districts are welcome, as well.

Participants will gain experience and understanding in:

  • how language works
  • how second/additional languages are acquired
  • curriculum design
  • language teaching and assessment methods
  • language socialization
  • intercultural communication


Dr. Kathryn Accurso

Kathryn is an applied linguist and former English teacher now working in teacher education. Her scholarship focuses on literacy, equity, and teacher education, particularly how to support K-12 teachers in developing beliefs, knowledge, and practices for teaching disciplinary literacies to multilingual students in the face of structural inequities.

Prior to joining the faculty of education at UBC, Kathryn worked at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC and in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Mount Holyoke College where she co-founded the initial licensure program for teachers of English learners.

She has earned awards from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), in addition to being published in numerous books and journals for teachers, teacher educators, and second language and literacy researchers (e.g., Journal of English for Academic Purposes, TESOL Journal, TESL Canada, International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and numerous practitioner-oriented journals). Her recent book In Pursuit of a Multilingual Equity Agenda (Routledge, 2023) is co-authored with 10 classroom teachers of multilingual learners.

Schedule & Location

July 2024

  • July 2-26, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm
  • LLED 489C: Applied Linguistics for Teachers (6 credits)
  • Instructor: Dr. Steven Talmy
  • Moscrop Secondary - 4433 Moscrop Street, Burnaby, BC

Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

  • Fall 2024: Saturdays, September 21-November 16 (excluding Sept 28 & Oct 12)
  • Spring 2025: Saturdays, April 5-May 17 (excluding April 19)
  • LLED 478C: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language (6 credits)
  • Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Accurso
  • Marian Learning Resource Center - 7650 Sapperton Ave, Burnaby, BC

Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $216.90 $2,602.80

Fees are subject to change annually. Only information in the UBC Calendar is official.


Find out more information about how to apply and register.

For the most up-to-date information on this program, including admissions information and program requirements, please visit the UBC Calendar.

Apply via the Teacher Education Office

Please write "Burnaby Cohort" in the Additional Comments section of the application. Preference will be given to teachers currently employed with the Burnaby School District.

Application Deadline is: May 15, 2024