International Master of Teaching English as a Second Language


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Program Description

IMTE - A global advantage for your English teaching career

  • High quality, highly practical professional preparation
  • Leading-edge strategies for intercultural teachers
  • Cambridge English certificate in Language for Teaching included in the program

Success as an English teacher in an international setting requires a solid foundation in current approaches to English teaching and extensive practical experience in a wide range of language learning environments.

The Saint Mary’s IMTE program combines these foundational and practical dimensions of international English language teacher preparation through an innovative curriculum. This includes dynamic classroom instruction, extensive practicum experience and continuing development of communication skills in English. It is a winning combination that adds up to professional success. The Saint Mary’s IMTE will provide you with a sought-after Masters degree in Teaching English as an International Language.

IMTE is a full-time, four semester (16-month) degree program. The final semester consists of an intensive practicum that may be completed in an international setting or in a student’s home country.

Key Benefits

A History of Excellence

  • Saint Mary’s University has a long history of international education and intercultural engagement
  • Masters programs in Teaching English as a Second Language have been taught for 30 years in the Faculty of Education
  • Saint Mary’s University played a leadership role in the Canada/China Language and Culture Program for English language teacher development in China

Partnership with Cambridge University

  • Saint Mary’s University is a Cambridge English Language Assessment Authorised Centre, part of England’s world-famous Cambridge University
  • A suite of internationally recognized Cambridge teacher training courses are available to Faculty of Education students, including the CELTA
  • The IMTE includes opportunities to progress along the Cambridge Teacher Framework, leading to internationally recognized certificates from Cambridge Assessment English

A Rich Learning Environment

  • The Faculty of Education and the Language Centre at Saint Mary’s are longstanding partners in the areas of curriculum, research, and support for teaching and learning
  • The IMTE Program offers practicum opportunities at the Language Centre, in the broader Halifax community, and internationally

Program Overview

The International Master of Teaching English program includes 16 months of study divided into four 4-month semesters. Each semester is comprised of three parallel streams of study.


Program Delivery

This program will be cohort-based and delivered in part in an experiential learning format. Students will benefit from micro-teaching in classes, analysis of teaching materials and creation of their own teaching materials.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for entry into the program are:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited or recognized institution. Although a degree related to the field of education or language studies, especially English language studies, is preferred, the IMTE admissions committee will be assessing each application and its related degree(s) on an individual basis.
  • Documented English teaching experience, or its equivalent. OR
  • TESOL-I, i.e. CELTA or equivalent, in the estimation of the admissions committee.
  • A demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a teacher in the field (e.g. through the required letter of intent, through education, through evidence provided by the required CV and/or other documents accompanying the application, etc.)
  • Non-native speaking applicants—the target cohort for this program—must submit an English language proficiency test result (TOEFL iBT; IELTS; Cambridge First Certificate in English) in compliance with Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research regulations, namely, an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no individual component score below 6.0. The acceptable scores in other test formats are readily available as equivalent pairings with the IELTS score gradient After graduation, students will typically receive a post graduate work permit that is valid for 16 to 36 months for work in Canada.

After graduation, students may receive a post-graduate work permit that is valid for 16-36 months for work in Canada. IMTE will provide significant professional development resources to help students identify opportunities and realize career goals (either here in Canada or abroad).

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Saint Mary's University was founded in 1802 and is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The university has a long tradition of academic excellence in teaching and research.

Saint Mary's University was founded in 1802 and is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The university has a long tradition of academic excellence in teaching and research. Read less
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