Public Engagement


  • What kinds of jobs will I be qualified for if I earn the TESOL Certificate?

    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 and 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 Languages 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 the fall, spring, and summer terms.

    What is the total cost of the program?

    Payment is made per course at the time of registration. A $40 non-refundable registration fee applies each time you register for a course.

    Tuition cost for noncredit certificate students is shown below. These figures do not include books and other materials. Tuition for undergraduate credit follows the university’s credit price structure. Tuition may increase over time.

    Methods and Techniques of Teaching ESL/EFL  $1,150
    English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers  $1,150 
    Teaching the Sound System of English  $450
    Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL  $450
    ESL Teaching Practicum  $725


    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 may also be able to obtain private tuition assistance. The HEGIS code for the program is 5608.00.