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Degree Requirements

  • The degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded for successful completion of 30 credits, consisting of five core courses required of all students and five courses in the student's chosen concentration, either Teaching or Curriculum Development.

    Flexible Study Options

    The New School's MA TESOL was designed with working adults in mind. Either the Teaching concentration or Curriculum Development concentration can be completed entirely online or online and on site. Full-time students (taking at least 9 credits every semester) working online can earn the master's degree in four academic terms (fifteen months). Part-time students (taking the maximum of 6 credits per semester) can earn the degree in 5 semesters (twenty months). Students can also earn 3-12 credits during the eight-week summer intensive at the Greenwich Village campus. The minimum amount of time needed to earn the degree is one year, which includes full time study and the summer on site intensive.

    Curriculum

    The graduate TESOL program is a 30-credit curriculum leading to the master of arts degree: 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits in a specific concentration. All courses carry between 1 and 3 graduate credits. All students must take the five core courses. The other five courses, including the practicum or professional project, are taken in one of the concentrations.

    Core Courses Credits   Total
    Language Analysis for Teachers: Phonology, Lexis and Syntax 3    
    Language Analysis for Teachers: Grammar and Discourse 3    
    Principles of Language Learning and Teaching 3    
    English in the World 3    
    Sociolinguistics of English as a Global Language 3    
        Total Core Credits 15

    Courses for Teaching Concentration Credits   Total
    Required Courses      
    Methods and Materials: Systems 3    
    Methods and Materials: Skills 3    
    Teaching Practicum 3    
        Required Course Credits 9
    Electives (choose two)      
    Learner Assessment 3    
    Writing ESOL Materials 3    
    Curriculum Development and Course Design 3    
    English for Specific/Academic Purposes 3    
    Shared Words, Shared Worlds 3    
    Action Research 1    
    Independent Action Research 2    
    Critical Pedagogy 3    
    Using Corpora in the Classroom 1    
    Teaching Pronunciation 3    
    Teaching Young Learners 3    
    Teaching Foreign Language Teachers 3    
         Elective Course Credits 6
        Total Concentration Credits 15

    Courses for Curriculum Development Concentration Credits   Total
    Required Courses      
    Curriculum Development and Course Design 3    
    Learner Assessment 3    
    Writing ESOL Materials 3    
        Required Course Credits 9
    Electives (choose two)      
    Professional Project 3    
    Methods and Materials: Systems 3    
    Methods and Materials: Skills 3    
    English for Specific/Academic Purposes 3    
    Shared Words, Shared Worlds 3    
    Action Research 1    
    Independent Action Research 2    
    Critical Pedagogy 3    
    Using Corpora in the Classroom 1    
    Teaching Pronunciation 3    
    Teaching Young Learners 3    
    Teaching Foreign Language Teachers 3    
        Elective Course Credits 6
        Total Concentration Credits 15

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