Public Engagement

  • The New School's TESOL master's program (MA TESOL) offers professional teacher training with a focus on social action and addressing the needs of adult students. U.S. News & World Report listed 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 master's 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 as Jeremy Harmer and ELTon award winner Scott 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 global network of students, faculty, and alumni, the TESOL master's program develops adaptive, reflective practitioners who continue to raise the standards of the English language teaching profession.

    The program offers both on-site and online study options.

    Teaching Through Social Action

    The MA 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, Goodwill NYNJ, and Aspira, and to women who are victims of violence at Sanctuary for Families.

    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, entirely on-site, or a combination of the two. 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).

    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 TESOL master's 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 with a Master's Degree in TESOL

    Because each course in the master's in TESOL 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 adults, administering 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.

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