Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language Program (TILSL)

Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language (TILSL)

The Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language (TILSL) Program provides students who are fluent in the languages of Anishnaabemwin, Cree, Lunaape, Mohawk and Cayuga, the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers as an Indigenous Language teacher. Students acquire a thorough understanding of new technologies as well as necessary strategies to deliver Indigenous traditional teachings and Indigenous languages as a subject within First Nation and Ontario public schools from grades Kindergarten to 12.

After completing the TILSL Program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, in an Indigenous language from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum completion of Ontario Grade 12 or equivalent. Candidates without grade 12 can be admitted if they are 21 years or older and have been out of school for two years or more;
  2. A one page statement outlining why you wish to be an Indigenous language teacher;
  3. Two letters of reference of which one letter is from an individual (not a family member) in a professional capacity who can attest to your level of fluency (Chief and Council, Education Director, Education Authority Board member, Cultural committee member);
  4. Valid Criminal Reference Check including a Vulnerable Sector Screening within six months of start date.