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Choosing the Teachers College TESOL Certificate Program
Applying to the program
Finding a job
Will I be teaching actual students?
Yes! During five weeks of the program, you will work with your student teaching mentor and your teaching team planning for and then teaching your own Friday morning class in our Community English Program. Participants repeatedly tell us that they find the student teaching component of our program very rewarding, saying they enjoy the relationships they build with their students. They also say they appreciate the opportunity to put everything they are learning about TESOL into practice in a sheltered, supportive environment where they themselves can learn and grow. Additionally, in the first weeks of the program, you will have hands-on experience assessing your ESL students to place them in the appropriate class levels. This is valuable exposure to your students before you start teaching, as well as a practical skill you take with you to the job market once the program ends. For more information about the student-teaching experience, visit our Student Teaching page.
Can I defer my enrollment?
Yes. Upon written request, you may defer enrollment for one year. To reactivate your status as an accepted student, you must send us a $50 re-activation fee plus your $500 deposit before February 15th of the year you plan to attend the program. If you defer your enrollment after having already paid the $500 deposit, you only need to send the reactivation fee.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition is $6,500, plus a $50 application fee. You should plan on spending approximately $250 on books and supplies. Housing costs vary, depending upon whether you live in TC housing or not. If you choose to apply for on-campus housing, remember to apply early, since these options fill up fast.
Is there any financial aid available for this program?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer scholarships and it is not possible to pay for the program with federally-funded student loans at this time. However, if you are interested in applying for a personal continuing education loan, two banks lending to students in non-degree certificate programs such as ours are Chase through Chase Select (www.chasestudentloans.com) and Citibank through Citiassist Private Loans (www.studentloan.com). Whether one qualifies depends on one’s credit status. If you apply for such a loan, be sure to tell the bank that our program is a “non-degree certificate” program. These loans are paid directly to Teachers College, who certifies the loans. The maximum we allow you to borrow is $6,500 – enough to cover tuition. Should you have any questions, please let us know.
What kind of work will I be able to find with a TESOL Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University?
Our graduates go on to find work as varied as their backgrounds. Some travel and teach overseas, while others find work in non-profit English programs and for-profit language schools here in the United States. Most of our graduates work with adult learners, but some (particularly those who teach abroad) also teach children. Graduates with a background in another professional field often combine their newly acquired teaching skills with their prior professional experience. For instance, alumni with a business background might go on to teach English to executives. Graduates with Masters degrees in related areas (language, education, etc.) and prior teaching experience often find work in community colleges in the U.S. and in universities abroad.
Will I be able to teach in public schools after completing this program?
The TESOL Certificate Program is a non-credit, non-degree program. It does not provide K-12 certification or an ESL endorsement on a public school teaching license. It is primarily for those who wish to teach adults in continuing education programs in the U.S. and abroad. For information on the TC TESOL MA program offering K-12 TESOL certification, please contact the TESOL Graduate Advisor at email@example.com. For information on how to obtain an ESL endorsement on an existing teaching license, please contact your local or state department of education.
Will you help me find a job?
All participants who have graduated from our program and looked for work have found work. During the program itself, we offer a workshop on how to find a job. We also place you on a special Teachers College TESOL & Applied Linguistics jobs list serve where you receive regular news of openings in the U.S. and abroad. Your fellow students are often one of the best sources for job referrals. These students become an important component of your professional network throughout your teaching career.