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Getting a Job

After completing our program, students go on to teach English in a variety of settings all over the globe. Many teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) overseas, while others choose to work in community English classes or private language schools here in the United States.

An important part of our intensive summer program is the annual Career Planning Workshop, when we discuss the ins and outs of a career in TESOL. Graduates of the program also have access to the Teachers College TESOL Jobs list-serve with postings for work at private institutions and universities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as tutoring jobs in the New York area.

Students who successfully complete our program are encouraged to request letters of recommendation from their instructors when applying for future teaching positions and graduate programs.

Click here for request form.

A recent survey of what our graduates have gone on to do includes the following:

  • Working as an EFL teacher in Paris
  • Going on for a Master's Degree in TESOL
  • Teaching at an International School in India
  • Publishing a book for children learning English in Korea
  • Starting a business as an independent ESL teacher in Mexico City
  • Developing an ESL program for Central Park Conservancy workers
  • Developing and leading ESL groups for Korean mothers in New Jersey
  • Teaching ESL at private language schools throughout the New York metropolitan area


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