Course Description

This course provides candidates with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development teacher as a leader within both the elementary and secondary schools and school systems. The course is developed to provide teachers pursuing leadership roles in ESL/ELD education with the necessary professional skills. Teachers develop a deep understanding of second language acquisition theories and classroom methodology through research and the systematic practice of a professional caliber. 

Course Outline

Topics include:
• modeling the application of language development theories and research in the context of English as a Second Language instruction
• demonstrating leadership in planning programs that reflect the relationship between curriculum expectations, teaching/learning strategies, and assessment methods
• demonstrating leadership in accommodating and/or modifying expectations, teaching strategies and assessment practices based on the special needs of students
• critiquing electronic and teacher developed resources related to ESL and ELD curriculum
• expanding the leadership role in ESL within the school and the local school district
• modeling and promoting the collection of relevant data through a variety of methods to assess the delivery of ESL and ELD programs within the school context
• establishing and encouraging effective liaison between schools and ESL and ELD parents/guardians



There are no textbooks required for this course.


OSAP Funding for AQ Courses

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) now includes funding for hundreds of micro-credential programs. The micro-credentials plan ensures loans and grants will be available to more learners to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. Please be advised that this AQ course is on the list of eligible courses for OSAP funding. Please view the Micro-credential website for details and eligibility. https://www.ontario.ca/page/micro-credentials-ontarios-postsecondary-schools.


Who can get OSAP?


OSAP is open to Ontario residents of any age who are:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents, or
  • protected persons

 If you have questions regarding Micro-credential funding, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at award1@uwindsor.ca.


  • Hold a “Certificate of Qualification”  showing successful completion of Part 2.
  • "Certificate of Qualification" must be in good standing.
  • Confirmation of Teaching Experience form, signed by a supervisory officer*, confirming two years of teaching experience completed after teacher’s certificationThe Superintendent must also recognize on this Confirmation of Teaching Experience form that in one of these years, the candidate has demonstrated that significant program and instruction modifications in English as a Second Language were explicitly planned, implemented and reviewed in the teacher’s class.  The form must be submitted to our office by the semester deadline date for course approval.

* The Ontario College of Teachers defines “supervisory official” as the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of the school board for a teacher employed by a Board of Education. (A principal or headmaster is not recognized in this capacity). 


Important Notice: While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible while reviewing your qualifications for courses in our program, the Faculty of Education bears no responsibility for ensuring you have met the qualifications as per the guidelines of the Ontario College of Teachers. It is your responsibility to learn which prerequisites you will need. https://www.oct.ca/members/additional-qualifications/prerequisites

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Section Title
AQ Teaching English Language Learners, Specialist (Fall 2022)
Section Schedule
Oct 11, 2022 to Nov 22, 2022
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
CU0008 non-credit $685.00
Tuition Fee non-credit $685.00
Reading List / Textbook
There are no textbooks required for this course.
Section Notes
The deadline to enroll in Fall 2022 courses is September 20, 2022. 
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