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  • What kinds of jobs will I be qualified for if I earn the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)?

    The certificate prepares students to teach English in private language schools, community colleges, universities, adult education language programs, and private businesses. Individuals from all walks of life in the United States around the world also hire trained personal tutors to help them learn English.

    Many institutions in the New York City area that normally require that candidates hold master's degrees will hire our certificate holders. One administrator told us recently, "If I get a job application from someone with a New School Certificate, I always interview that applicant."

    When applying abroad, our students report that prospective employers are always impressed that our program includes a minimum of 50 hours of student-teaching time—that’s three to four times more than many certificate programs.

    Does The New School provide job placement services to certificate holders?

    The School of Language Learning and Teaching maintains an extensive list of contacts and job postings which are available to those who earn the certificate. The university’s Office of Career Services also provides a variety of services to assist students with their job search.

    Does the program certify teachers of English for the public schools?

    No. The Certificate in TESOL curriculum focuses on teaching English to adults. This program has no connection with New York State Department of Education K–12 certification.

    How long will it take me to complete the certificate program?

    Students can earn the certificate in as little as two academic terms (one school year), but most students take three or four (one and a half to two years). Completion within two years is recommended. Courses are offered and new students are admitted in fall, spring, and summer terms.

    What is the total cost of the program?

    The total tuition cost for the noncredit certificate is $3,510 (as of 2012-2013) plus $80 student services fee per academic term. This does not include books and other materials. For students who take the program for undergraduate credit, tuition is $1,130 per credit (as of 2012-2013) for a total of 12 credits. Tuitions may increase over time.

    Can I get financial aid?

    The New School does not offer financial aid for certificate programs unless the courses are taken as part of an undergraduate degree program. However, the TESOL Certificate may qualify for veteran’s education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Students also may be able to obtain private tuition assistance. The HEGIS code for the program is 5608.00.

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