TESOL Master's Application Info | The New School

Application Information

  • The New School Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for effective and creative work as English language teachers. A bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university is required for admission. You can take the program full-time or part-time.

    Admission to the MA TESOL program is based on a number of factors. Applications are reviewed by an admission committee consisting of admission counselors, the director of the MA TESOL program, and members of the faculty. Your statement of purpose, academic transcripts, résumé/work history, letters of recommendation, and required personal interview are all carefully evaluated. ESOL teaching experience is not a prerequisite for the Teaching concentration, although it is welcome.

    Priority Application Deadlines for MA TESOL

    • Summer semester (on campus): February 15*
    • Fall semester: February 15*
    • Spring semester: November 1

    * We are still accepting applications for the summer and fall 2015 terms.

    Applications received after the priority deadline are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be rolled forward to the next academic term.

    The MA TESOL admission liaison, Merida Escandon, is available to help you during the admission process. Email your questions to Merida at escandom@newschool.edu.

    How to Apply

    Plan ahead to meet the application deadline. It takes time for supporting documents such as official transcripts and reference letters to reach The New School. Your application will not be reviewed until all the required documents have been received by the Office of Admission.

    All applicants (except readmit, non-degree, and visiting) are required to use the online application. The application fee and most supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form. The online application form includes detailed instructions for all the items described below. For your convenience, you can also download the instructions. Please read the instructions carefully before you fill out the application. Any supporting documents not submitted online can be mailed to the Office of Admission accompanied by an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Students who wish to take courses without matriculating (nondegree/visiting) and former students seeking readmission must contact the Office of Admission for application instructions.

    A complete MA TESOL application includes

    • The application.
    • The $50 nonrefundable application fee.
    • Transcripts from every college or university previously attended, including documentation of undergraduate degree completion or U.S. equivalent.
    • A statement of purpose - a 1,000-word explanation of your interest in and preparation for graduate studies in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae.
    • Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation.
    • Interview: Once your application is completed and the Office of Admission has forwarded it to the departmental admission committee for review, you will be contacted for a required admission interview.
    • Optional: Academic writing samples and GMAT/GRE scores are welcome but are not required.

    Additional Requirements for the Curriculum Development Application

    • Provide an official copy of an ELT Certificate* (if you do not have a certificate but have exceptional teaching experience, the admission committee may evaluate other information you provide about your teacher training).
    • Provide proof of having taught English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) in a classroom for at least four academic terms (a minimum of 600 hours) for college-level teaching or a minimum total of 720 hours for teaching outside a college or university. Personal tutoring does not fulfill this requirement.
    • Provide a lesson plan and corresponding teaching materials.
    • Write a short essay in which you discuss your philosophy of teaching.
    • Provide a recommendation from a teaching supervisor as one of your two reference letters.

    *The New School Certificate in Teaching English or CELTA, RSA, CTEFLA or an equivalent credential. An acceptable certificate must have required at least 100 hours of classroom or online instruction at an accredited school and a teaching practicum in which student-teachers teach actual ESOL students. An official copy of the certificate or an official transcript must be submitted, including teaching evaluations if available.


    Unofficial Transcripts

    Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application.

    • All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript.
    • Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Records from non-U.S. institutions must include grades or marks and contain a copy of the diploma if the degree has been conferred.
    • Make sure your name appears on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible.
    • Do not mail materials that have been uploaded with the online application or any other materials unless requested by the admission office.
    • If you experience trouble uploading your transcript email, enroll@newschool.edu with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue” and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question.

    The New School reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from The New School. Transcripts uploaded with the online application are considered unofficial.

    Official Transcripts

    Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts (as well as official certified translations and evaluations of the transcripts/mark sheets and degree certifications if the degree was earned outside of the United States) to The New School. Admitted applicants must submit all official transcripts pertaining to their entire academic career.

    Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. New students will not be permitted to register for their second semester of study until all official transcripts (including degree awarding transcripts) have been received by the Office of Graduate Admission. Transcripts uploaded with the online application do not satisfy this requirement.

    Transfer Applicants

    Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for questions about transfer requirements.

    By Mail

    Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School at the mailing address for supplemental application materials:

    The New School
    Office of Graduate Admission
    MATESOL Program (NS 300)
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only)

    The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are

    • Parchment Exchange
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse

    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

    International Academic Credentials:

    All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits:

    Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The "Required Documents" section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for "New School Graduate" when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School. If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.

    Test Scores

    Proof of English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2554. The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago). Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    Costs and Financial Aid

    Visit the Registrar website for tuition and fees and Student Financial Services for estimated additional costs of attendance. Speak to an admission counselor if you are concerned about costs. The New School will work with you to help you finance your graduate program. All accepted students are automatically considered for New School merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.

    All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for loans and grants on the basis of need. (The New School's federal school code is 002780.) You do not have to wait for an admission decision to file the FAFSA.

    Additional Application Information

    Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance, which includes detailed information and instructions about financial aid, housing, tuition and fees, student visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters.

    All materials submitted in association with the application for admission become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.

    In any given term, a student may apply to only ONE department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will NOT be refunded.