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The New School MA TESOL

Can teaching English promote social equity


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

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  • At The New School, we question conventional approaches to teaching English as a second language, enabling students to go beyond standard practices to teach with cultural empathy. 

    Under the guidance of outstanding faculty who are experienced ESL teachers and TESOL professionals themselves, students connect theory to hands-on practice through a progressive, cutting-edge curriculum, developing the skills they need to traverse cultures as well as borders.

    Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

  • Program Highlights

    • Choose between two concentrations: Teaching and Curriculum Development.
    • Participate in social action and outreach programs in New York City and experience firsthand how learning English can empower underserved communities.
    • Start with the summer intensive in NYC and earn your degree in as little as 15 months of full-time study. Or choose the part-time, online-only format and complete the program in 20 months.
  • Program Basics

    • Full-time or part-time study on campus or online
    • Spring, summer, or fall start
    • Eight-week summer intensive option in NYC 
    • Competitive merit-based scholarships available

    upon graduating


  • Featured courses

    • Language Analysis for Teachers: Grammar and Discourse
    • Critical Pedagogy
    • English for Specific/Academic Purposes
    • Shared Words, Shared Worlds
  • “The faculty are dedicated to sharing with their students the latest advances in ESOL teaching.”

    Caryn T. Davis, MA TESOL alumna

  • Why the New School?

    The New School is a legendary progressive university known for its openness to dissenting opinions and the avant-garde in scholarship, the arts, and professional practice. Although based in New York City, our MA TESOL program brings together a community of students, faculty, and alumni from all over the world to share ideas, discuss issues, and keep up with an ever-evolving field.