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Applying as a Canadian applicant

Domestic students should apply online or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

Applying as an International applicant

International students should apply online. Note: not all programs are open to international students.

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Admissions - September 2022

Admission requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants with documents (transcripts) from an educational institution from a country other than Canada must have their documents evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services. Applicants to this program require a Comprehensive or Course-by-Course Report. Please see How to Apply for more information.
  • Applicants with degrees completed in countries in which English is not an official language will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of iBT TOEFL Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 27, Writing 27; IELTS Academic Listening: 7, Reading: 7, Writing: 7, Speaking: 7; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Canadian admissions contact

International admissions contact

Admission procedures

  • Submit proof of the admission requirements, including transcripts.
  • Applicants meeting minimum admission requirements are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to:
    • write an essay on an assigned topic;
    • attend a meeting with faculty to discuss program suitability.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Students who fail no more than one course by not more than 10% and have passed at least one evaluation of the course may take a supplemental assessment for a pass.
  • Students must successfully complete all courses in Part I before taking courses in Part II.
  • Students who fail the same course more than once will be discontinued from the program.
  • Students who fail two or more courses will be discontinued from the program.
  • All courses have a minimum passing grade of 65% with the exception of TESL 004: OBSERVATION/PRACTICUM I and TESL 008: OBSERVATION/PRACTICUM II which are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

Credit transfer

You might be eligible to enter a program at an advanced level, or be exempt from a course, if you have formal post-secondary education. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities.


Some Conestoga programs have pathways for current students, including certificate-to-diploma, diploma-to-diploma and diploma-to-degree opportunities. Learn more about pathways at Conestoga.

Articulation agreements

Conestoga partners with other post-secondary institutions, allowing students the opportunity to study elsewhere, usually in pursuit or an academic credential. Learn more about articulation agreements.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Through PLAR, Conestoga may credit prior learning or skills acquired through employment, formal and informal education, or life experiences. Learn more about PLAR at Conestoga.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.