International Master of Teaching English

Saint Mary’s University, Canada    Graduate Science Programs

Full time September Other 16 months

About the course

Saint Mary’s IMTE program prepares graduates for international careers in teaching English as an additional language. The IMTE not only provides you with a sought-after Masters degree in Teaching English as an International Language but includes preparation for various certificates from Cambridge Assessment English, part of England’s world-famous Cambridge University.

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Entry Requirements

-An Saint Mary's University Online Application plus the $110 processing fee (non-refundable)

-Official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended - please check with the IMTE program for the minimum GPA requirements for graduates from your country

-Three Recommendation Forms

- Letter of Intent

- A current CV/Resume

- Official proof of English language proficiency
(IELTS academic 6.5 overall, no band below 6.0; TOEFL minimum iBT 80, with no band below 20)


$24,000 (paid in four equal installments at the beginning of each term - $6,000/term).

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is Saint Mary’s University, Canada

Student Profile(s)

Diana Isabel Torres Goñi, Mexico

In a field like education, there are a lot of antiquated ideas that we either hold or are taught. A Master’s degree makes you think about new ways of doing things, helps expand my mind and opens new professional opportunities.

I wanted to explore language education and delve deeper into what it means to be a second language educator. I chose IMTE as it was a specialized program in language education and included extensive practicums throughout. The practicums not only provided the opportunity of observing experienced teachers in different settings, but also practice teaching independently.

My classmates and I were a small cohort, all coming from different cultural backgrounds and different teaching experiences. Everyone brought a different perspective to the table and working with each other was an eye-opening experience for me as an educator and a student.

I am currently working at the International Language Academy of Canada, Vancouver in a program called Keep It Simple and Safe. This is an online teaching and learning program, where I teach adults General English with hopes of growing into more specialized areas. My future plans include continuing to learn and keep abreast of new research and ideas in the field of education.

Yuya Kurata

I decided to pursue a Masters degree to improve my English language skills and to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning English. Although I searched for similar programs in various universities in Canada, I could not find any other program which provided both English teaching as well as learning skills. The IMTE curriculum consists of two mainstreams: English teaching and English language development for teachers, both of which were extremely helpful.

I worked with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and demographics. Through these opportunities, I realized the importance of cultural sensitivity and honed my interpersonal skills by learning about different cultural norms and nuances. I became more aware, curious, non-judgmental and open to learning about others through inquiry and connection. It had completely changed my perspective about languages and language teaching and learning.

Currently, I work as a program assistant and support a variety of educational projects. For example, I am building an Online Writing Course, supporting students who want to study abroad, and designing promotional materials. I am pleased to apply not only teaching skills but also intercultural and learning experiences at the university to my work. In the meantime, I teach English for Japanese people online using my experience at IMTE. My broad experiences in IMTE directly leads to these exciting professional opportunities.

Ashima Sharma

I have taught different subjects for more than ten years, but during the IMTE program I was constantly reflecting on my teaching strategies and realized that teaching English as a second language requires an entirely different approach than I was using in the past. IMTE was comprehensive – it covered a broad range of factors that are important for teachers and learners of foreign languages.

I consider myself very fortunate to have studied in a multicultural classroom, where my classmates came from different parts of the world. It enabled me to understand the unique relationship between language and culture. I will always cherish the bond I created with my international friends.

During my studies, I got a golden opportunity for professional development outside of the classroom. I presented at the TESL Nova Scotia Fall Conference in 2019, where I learned about many different aspects of second language teaching and learning. The program also awarded me a performance scholarship that enabled me to complete a CELTA as part of my practicum requirements.

Presently, I am volunteering from Saudi Arabia for an online Conversation Group through the Halifax Public Libraries, which is an invaluable opportunity to stay connected with Halifax. I am also working as a Teaching and Research Assistant at Saint Mary’s University, supporting various IMTE courses.


Value of Scholarship(s)

$1000 - $3,500


Upon applying to the IMTE program, you are automatically considered for an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 CAD to $3,500 CAD, awarded to exceptional candidates on a competitive basis. IMTE also offers academic performance scholarships that help students take their careers to the next level, including funding for the CELTA or other professional development opportunities.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $1,000


Professional Development scholarships are awarded to top-performing students during their IMTE residency. Eligible students can use the scholarship towards completing a CELTA or other professional certifications or courses that aligns with their career goals.

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