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.
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 by 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.
English is the language of global communications, and demand for TESOL professionals is greater than ever before. Our graduates are working for universities and other public and private schools,* international corporations, governments, and NGOs, and in private practice in the U.S. and abroad. They are teaching English to people of all ages and conditions of life, administering ESOL program, creating new programs, and developing new teaching methods.
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 every walk 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.
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.
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.
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.
Read important information about Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations.
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