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The New School's Master of Arts program in TESOL offers professional teacher training with a focus on social action and addressing the needs of adult students. U.S. News & World Reportlisted it among the top online graduate programs in education in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges.


English is the preeminent language of global communications, and demand for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) professionals trained in the best practices of teaching adults is greater than ever. Because teachers learn best by working in the classroom, The New School’s 30-credit graduate program in TESOL connects theory to hands-on practice in your area of specialization — teaching or curriculum development — with guidance from an international faculty that includes renowned authors and ESOL professionals such asJeremy Harmerand ELTon award winnerScott Thornbury.

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, but all are motivated to enter a field that lets them work across borders and cultures to help students learn English as a second language or foreign language. Through its progressive, cutting-edge curriculum and vibrant online network of students, faculty, and alumni, the program develops adaptive, reflective practitioners who continue to raise the standards of the English language teaching profession.

Teaching Through Social Action

The TESOL program grapples with issues of major political, social, and cultural concern. Our social action and outreach programs provide opportunities for our students to teach and design curricula for communities in need, including food service workers in New York City, parents in multilingual families, and victims of violence. These programs provide students with invaluable in-class experience, enhance their résumés, and ensure that they see firsthand how learning English can empower and assist underserved communities. Recent projects include teaching English to immigrant parents as part of the Go Project, to women who are victims of violence at Sanctuary for Families, and to immigrant food service workers in collaboration with Eataly and Epicurean Management.

Flexible Study Options

The New School MA TESOL can be completed entirely online. Full-time study at the New York campus is also available (in the summer only). Students in the Teaching concentration can expedite their progress toward the degree by taking up to four courses in an intensive summer teaching residency in New York. International F1 visa students should contact New School Admission for more information about obtaining a visa.

Most students take classes part-time, but it is possible to finish the program in one year by studying full-time and taking the summer intensive.

Connected to New York City and the World

Although based in New York City, our MA TESOL program brings together a community of faculty, students, and alumni who live and work in many countries. Our growing alumni base provides students with a vital resource for developing and sharing ideas, discussing issues, and keeping up with a field that is constantly changing.

The MA TESOL program regularly presents public lectures, webinars, and other events that bring noted experts, researchers, writers, and practitioners to The New School. Use the Events calendar to find links to upcoming and archived public programs.

Career Opportunities

Because each TESOL course is informed by the latest research and current issues in the field, students emerge from the program career-ready. Our graduates work for universities and other public and private schools,* international corporations, nonprofits, governments, and NGOs and in private practice in the United States and abroad. They teach English to people of all ages and circumstances, administer ESOL programs, create new programs, and develop new teaching methods.

*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 accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Educationsince 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

Programme Structure

The degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded for successful completion of 30 credits, consisting of five core courses required of all students and five courses in the student's chosen concentration, either Teaching or Curriculum Development.

Flexible Study Options

The New School's MA TESOL was designed with working adults in mind. Either the Teaching concentration or Curriculum Development concentration can be completed entirely online or online and on site. Full-time students (taking at least 9 credits every semester) working online can earn the master's degree in four academic terms (fifteen months). Part-time students (taking the maximum of 6 credits per semester) can earn the degree in 5 semesters (twenty months). Students can also earn 3-12 credits during the eight-week summer intensive at the Greenwich Village campus. The minimum amount of time needed to earn the degree is one year, which includes full time study and the summer on site intensive.


The graduate TESOL program is a 30-credit curriculum leading to the master of arts degree: 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits in a specific concentration. All courses carry between 1 and 3 graduate credits. All students must take the six core courses. The other five courses, including the practicum or professional project, are taken in one of the concentrations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: Deadlines: Spring: October 15
    Summer Priority: January 15
    Summer Final: April 15
    Fall Priority: January 15
    Fall Final: July 15
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Evening, Weekday, Residential, Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced, Semi-structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The New School Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for effective and creative work as English language teachers. A bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university is required for admission. You can take the program full-time or part-time.

Admission to the MA TESOL program is based on a number of factors. Applications are reviewed by an admission committee consisting of admission counselors, the director of the MA TESOL program, and members of the faculty. Your statement of purpose, academic transcripts, résumé/work history, letters of recommendation, and required personal interview are all carefully evaluated. ESOL teaching experience is not a prerequisite for the Teaching concentration, although it is welcome.


Two recommendation letters are required for all degree applicants. Letters should be written by individuals who have personal knowledge of your work. Whenever possible, letters should come from faculty members who have instructed the applicant. If necessary, professional recommendations should address skills that are relevant to your academic qualifications to do graduate-level work. For applicants to Curriculum Development, one of the recommendations must be from a teaching supervisor who can speak to your abilities as a teacher. Recommenders can submit recommendations online; instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete the personal information, save the form, and forward it to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.


In approximately 1,000 words (your name and date of birth should appear on each page): Explain your interest in and preparation for graduate work in TESOL. Discuss in detail how the New School program will help you attain your professional and personal goals. Briefly describe your basis for interest in an online (or blended on-campus and online) master’s degree program.


Provide a résumé/curriculum vitae summarizing your education, work/volunteer experience, and/or published writing.


Once your application is completed and the Office of Admission has forwarded it to the departmental admission committee for review, you will be contacted for a required admission interview, which will help the faculty gather additional information to determine your suitability for the MATESOL program. A final admission decision will be made after the required interview has occurred.


TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2554.

A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is not required for applicants

  • Whose primary language is English
  • Who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college/university or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction

Upon review of your application, the Office of Admission reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test.

For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.


In addition to the required application materials, applicants to the concentration in Curriculum Development are also required to submit the following materials (see details of Teaching and Teacher Training Requirements):

  • Official copy of your earned ELT Certificate
  • A lesson plan and corresponding teaching materials
  • A short essay in which you discuss your philosophy of teaching
  • One of the two letters of recommendation must be from a teaching supervisor

Teaching Experience Requirement: Applicants must submit proof of having taught an English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL) class for a minimum of 600 hours over four semesters for university-level teaching and 720 hours for all other teaching. Please note that tutoring does not fulfill this requirement.

Teacher Training Requirement: Applicants must receive The New School Certificate in Teaching English or an equivalent. The minimum requirements for acceptance of the certificate are

  • 100 hours of classroom or online instruction at an accredited school
  • A teaching practicum in which participants teach ESOL students
  • Acceptable certificates include the New School Certificate in Teaching English, the CELTA, RSA, or CTEFLA.

A certificate or transcript, including evaluation materials, especially teaching evaluations if available, must be submitted. If you do not have a certificate, other teacher training will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the English Language Studies department.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1500 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1500 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1800 - 3600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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