Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program (TESOL) at The New School

Why you should consider this program

The New School's Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 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 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. 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 TESOL master's program develops adaptive, reflective practitioners who continue to raise the standards of the English language teaching profession.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,000 $ 11,250 $ 33,750
Out of state $ 45,000 $ 11,250 $ 33,750
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

25% minimum tuition waivers.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

In some instances, Fellows can take classes across the university from programs outside their course of study. Fellows receive individualized career advising from staff familiar with the Peace Corps and its mission and values.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 24,643

Application fee waived?



Internship opportunities for full-time students are approximately 400 hours over the course of the degree. Our career services staff is on hand to assist students in finding an internship placement or students can select a site themselves. Examples of previous internship options include the the MA TESOL Outreach Program, in which MA TESOL students teach English to non-English adult immigrant immigrants in New York City.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Program Manager, NYC Dept. of Education
  • Founder, Ginseng Online English Language School
  • Faculty members in Intensive English programs at Columbia University and Pace University, among others

Other details

Program length

Full-time 2 academic years; part time three to 3.5 years; can be completed in one year including fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Application requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor degree (Or a US equivalent) from an accredited institution.

Admissions process

Applications consist of transcripts from previous graduate and/or undergraduate study, 2 letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and a description of service. Applications are evaluated based on stated career goals, moral commitment, community involvement, and academic achievement. A decision to admit is based on the committee's belief in your potential to successfully complete an advanced degree. As part of the admission process, your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation are carefully reviewed for evidence of interpersonal skills, maturity, and leadership potential, among other qualities.

Program begins

The spring semester starts in the third week of January and the fall semester starts at the end of August, summer semester starts in the first week of June

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

This degree can be completed entirely online.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Merida Escandon Gasbarro, Director of Graduate Admissions

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