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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)

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    The New School's innovative MA TESOL prepares educators for global careers as ESL teachers and course developers. U.S. New & World Report listed it among the top online graduate programs in education in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges.”

    Our MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program, developed by a team of experts, is training tomorrow's leaders in this growing and evolving field. Theoretical study is always connected to practical applications in your area of specialization. The faculty includes renowned ESOL professionals such as Jeremy Harmer and ELTon award winner Scott Thornbury.

    There are two professional training concentrations: Teaching and Curriculum Development.

    Study Online and/or On Campus in New York City

    The New School MA TESOL can be completed entirely online and is open to qualified students anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. The program also can be completed through a combination of online courses and courses offered on campus at The New School.

    Students in the Teaching concentration can expedite their progress toward the degree by taking up to four courses in an intensive summer teaching residency offered every year in New York City.

    A Degree That Opens Up Many Career Opportunities

    English is the language of global communications, and demand for TESOL professionals is greater than ever before. Our graduates work for universities and other public and private schools,* international corporations, governments, and NGOs, and in private practice in the United States and abroad. They teach English to people of all ages and conditions of life, administering ESOL program, creating new programs, and developing new teaching methods.

    Join Fellow Educators from Around the World

    Our MA TESOL faculty and students represent many countries. Many students already teach English professionally or as volunteers. Others come from careers in business, law, the armed forces, social work, and nonprofit management. These are people who understand the importance of effective communication in all walks of life. All are highly motivated to enter or advance in a field that allows them to work across borders and cultures to help others.

    Political and Cultural Orientation

    The New School places major emphasis on the political, cultural, and ethical implications of English language teaching in an era of intense globalization, when English has become the international language of finance, commerce, diplomacy, science, technology, and communication media.

    Practicum or Professional Project Option

    Whether you are just entering the profession or are already working in TESOL, you can apply MA studies to your professional development by working on a challenging guided project or completing a teaching practicum. Either option will enhance your résumé.

    Public Programs

    The MA TESOL program regularly presents public lectures and other events that bring noted experts, researchers, writers, and practitioners to The New School. Our public programs create a forum in which ESOL professionals can connect, share ideas, and collaborate. Use the Events calendar to find links to upcoming and archived public programs.

    *The MA TESOL degree does not by itself certify an individual to teach in public or proprietary schools in New York State. You can speak to a program advisor about the state teaching certification process.

  • The New School has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960. For more information, visit Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 216.284.5000

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