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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
This highly regarded program,Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The New School for aspiring and working ESL teachers emphasizes communicative, content-based, and student-centered learning.


Institutions in the United States and around the world are looking for English speakers trained to teach the language. Since 1990, The New School has been training qualified people to teach English as a second or foreign language.

The School of Language Learning and Teaching awards a Certificate in Teaching English (CTE) for successful completion of a structured curriculum of five courses, including a minimum of 50 hours of student teaching.

All Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages courses can be taken for certificate approval on a noncredit basis or for undergraduate credit. Certificate students who are not seeking undergraduate credit (usually because they have a bachelor's degree) receive grades of Approved or Not Approved; those who register for credit receive letter grades (C+ or better is required for certificate approval). There is no difference in the coursework or other requirements. All students who successfully complete the program receive the same certificate and are entitled to transcripts of record. Except for the Teaching Practicum, individual courses may be taken with permission by students not enrolled in the certificate program. Please note, however, that certificate approval cannot awarded for any course retroactively.

Students matriculated in an undergraduate program at The New School may be able to earn the CTE while completing their degree through careful choice of electives but should consult with their academic advisors before applying for the CTE program.


  • Length of Study: The CTE can be completed in one year (two semesters) of full-time study; it must be completed in two years.
  • Cost: Tuition for noncredit certificate students is charged per course. Tuition for credit students depends on the student's status and the number of credits assigned to the course.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Methods and Techniques of Teaching ESL/EFL
  • English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers
  • Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL
  • Teaching the Sound System of English
  • ESL Teaching Practicum

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is preferred, but applicants with at least 60 semester credits of college-level coursework will be considered. Nonnative speakers of English must have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL.

Tuition Fee

Tuition for credit students depends on the student's status and the number of credits assigned to the course.

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 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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