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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics
in the Department of Arts & Humanities
in the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Teachers College, Columbia University

Welcome to the Applied Linguistics Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the unique features of the Teachers College M.A. degree?

  1. Coursework: The M.A. consists primarily of 4000 level courses. Not all, but most courses described in the Teachers College catalog are offered each year. The courses listed include semester-long courses which usually meet for an hour and forty minutes once a week. Most of these courses are on weekday evenings between 5pm-9pm. Other courses are offered over a portion of the semester at varying times, and 0-1 point intensive workshops often meet over a weekend.
  2. Practical experiences in teaching: Practica are an integral part of the M.A. in TESOL. Students spend a minimum of four hours per week in teaching and observation time, in addition to accompanying seminars, planning time and critiquing sessions. All students teach in Teachers College's Community English Program (CEP) which provides English instruction to adult learners of diverse nationalities while functioning as a pedagogical laboratory for students in TESOL. Those interested in New York State PreK-12 certification fulfill part of their practica requirement teaching in New York City public schools.
  3. Support services: Students have access to a full range of instructional and research support services including films, videotape equipment, and a computer center with multimedia facilities. In addition, there is a broad collection of ESOL books and visual-aids in the Milbank Memorial Library and a range of computers at the CCIMS academic computing center.