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 by priority deadlines are considered for first round of admission and scholarship consideration. Applications may be accepted after deadlines. Please contact the Admission Office for more information.
Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at
www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on January 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:
The MA TESOL admission liaison, Merida Escandon, is available to help you during the admission process. Email your questions to Merida at
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
Students seeking readmission or non-degree coursework must contact the Office of Admission for instructions on completing the application.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.
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.
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. 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 Admission. Transcripts uploaded with the online application do not satisfy this requirement.
Transfer Applicants: Please contact the Office of 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 request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.
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
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 translation.
International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by
World Education Services (WES) 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 “The New School” 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.
Two recommendation letters are required for all degree applicants. Letters should be written by individuals who have personal knowledge of your work. Whenever possible, letters should come from faculty members who have instructed the applicant. If necessary, professional recommendations should address skills that are relevant to your academic qualifications to do graduate-level work. For applicants to Curriculum Development, one of the recommendations must be from a teaching supervisor who can speak to your abilities as a teacher. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an
Application Materials Cover Sheet.
In approximately 1,000 words (your name and date of birth should appear on each page): Explain your interest in and preparation for graduate work in TESOL. Discuss in detail how the New School program will help you attain your professional and personal goals. Briefly describe your basis for interest in an online (or blended on-campus and online) master’s degree program.
Provide a résumé/curriculum vitae summarizing your education, work/volunteer experience, and/or published writing.
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, which will help the faculty gather additional information to determine your suitability for the MATESOL program. A final admission decision will be made after the required interview has occurred.
TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: 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.
A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants
Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.
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.
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In addition to the required application materials, applicants to the concentration in Curriculum Development are also required to submit the following materials (see details of Teaching and Teacher Training Requirements):
Teaching Experience Requirement: Applicants must submit proof of having taught an English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL) class for a minimum of 600 hours over four semesters for university-level teaching and 720 hours for all other teaching. Please note that tutoring does not fulfill this requirement.
Teacher Training Requirement: Applicants must receive The New School Certificate in Teaching English or an equivalent. The minimum requirements for acceptance of the certificate are
A certificate or transcript, including evaluation materials, especially teaching evaluations if available, must be submitted. If you do not have a certificate, other teacher training will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the English Language Studies department.
In any given term, a student can 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.
All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
Application for Readmission (PDF) should be completed by students who wish to return after an absence of four semesters (fall and spring). Students must reapply to the program to which they were originally admitted. Readmission is only available for current New School programs. If you are looking to transfer 24 or more semester-based credits, you should apply for admission as a transfer student according to the instructions outlined above. The following materials are required of applicants seeking readmission:
Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the
Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.
The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.
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