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  • IMG - TESOL Certificate

    This highly regarded program 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 Languages 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 CTE 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; it must be completed in two years.
    • Cost: Tuition for noncredit certificate students is charged per course and is published in the continuing education catalog with course descriptions. Tuition for credit students depends on the student's status and the number of credits assigned to the course.

    Admission to the Certificate Program


    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.

    Application Procedures

    Submit the online application form, including writing sample and grammar test.

    Once the application materials have been received and reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview. An interview can be conducted either in person or on the telephone.

    Registration Procedures

    CTE students must have their courses approved by the Department of English Language Studies before they can register. Advising can be done in person at 66 West 12th Street, 6th floor, by appointment, or by telephone at 212.229.5372. Registration is done online. You will receive a link to the online registration catalog from the English Language Studies office before the semester begins.


    All CTE instructors have a PhD or an MA in TESOL or a related field. Most are experienced teachers of ESL/EFL here and abroad. Many have developed and published innovative instructional methods and materials in various media.

    Information Sessions

    Several times during the year, the English Language Studies invites prospective students to The New School for a presentation about careers in teaching ESL/EFL and the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CTE). Please see Admission Events in the sidebar for the next Information Session date. The English Language Studies office is also able to answer questions about the program. Call 212.229.5372 or email

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