Public Engagement

Degree Requirements

  • The degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded for successful completion of 30 credits, consisting of six 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. Both the Teaching concentration and the Curriculum Development concentration can be completed entirely online, entirely on-site, or through a combination of online and on-campus study. Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. The minimum amount of time needed to earn the degree is one year, which includes full-time study and the summer on-site intensive. Part-time students can earn the degree in 20 months (five semesters). 

    Curriculum

    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.

    Core Courses Credits
    Language Analysis for Teachers: Phonology, Lexis, and Syntax 3
    Language Analysis for Teachers: Grammar and Discourse 3
    Principles of Language Learning and Teaching 3
    English in the World 3
    E-Portfolio 1
    Practitioner Research or Observation 2
    Total Core Credits 15

    Courses for Teaching Concentration Credits
    Required Courses
    Methods and Materials: Systems 3
    Methods and Materials: Skills 3
    Teaching Practicum 3
    Required Course Credits 9
    Electives (choose two)
    Learner Assessment 3
    Writing ESOL Materials 3
    Curriculum Development and Course Design 3
    English for Specific/Academic Purposes 3
    Shared Words, Shared Worlds 3
    Action Research 1
    Independent Action Research 2
    Teaching Pronunciation 3
    Social Justice and Language
    Elective Course Credits
    6
    Total Concentration Credits 15

    Courses for Curriculum Development Concentration Credits
    Required Courses
    Curriculum Development and Course Design 3
    Learner Assessment 3
    Writing ESOL Materials 3
    Required Course Credits 9
    Electives (choose two)
    Professional Project 3
    Methods and Materials: Systems 3
    Methods and Materials: Skills 3
    English for Specific/Academic Purposes 3
    Shared Words, Shared Worlds 3
    Action Research 1
    Independent Action Research 2
    Teaching Pronunciation 3
    Social Justice and Language 
    Elective Course Credits 6
    Total Concentration Credits 15
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