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.
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, Josh Kraemer, is available to help you during the admission process. Email your questions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, nondegree, 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 describe 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.
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 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.
You 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. These copies must be uploaded before you submit the application. All transcripts uploads must be accompanied by a key, legend or the back copy of the transcript. All uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial.
Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Records from non-U.S. Institutions must have grades or marks and contain a copy of diploma if the degree has been conferred.
Make sure your name appears on the transcript or 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 email@example.com 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 admission 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.
Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts (as well as official certified translations and evaluations of the transcripts or mark sheets and degree certifications if the degree was earned outside of the United States) to The New School.
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.
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 may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.
The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:
We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices as official transcripts. This policy does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.
All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
See special requirements for transcript evaluation.
See special requirements for English language proficiency.
The MA TESOL program can be completed entirely online without coming to the United States. However, international students who wish to take the summer intensive or other classes on campus in New York City must obtain a visa. All international students admitted to the program will receive instructions for
applying for a visa. Do
not submit financial statements with your application for admission.
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.
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
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.
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