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Applicants are required to submit the following items:
Statement of Purpose
English and/or Chinese language score reports*
Two letters of recommendation*
Application fee (Click here to submit the payment)
**English language scores and letters of recommendation may be waived for those who are Teachers college or Columbia students or graduates.**
Language Score Requirements:
Non-native speakers of English should submit ONE of the following English proficiency score reports:
TOEFL iBT: 90
TOEFL cBT: 233
Non-native speakers of Chinese should submit a standardized Chinese proficiency test report:
- HSK: Level 5 or 6
Application Procedures and Guidelines
Step 1: Application Submission
All the required application items must be emailed as attachments to the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) at firstname.lastname@example.org by the appropriate deadline. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered for admission review. Application materials may be mailed to CIFLTE in New York City; however, it is strongly recommended that you email your application materials as international mail takes time and tends to get lost.
Statement of Purpose
You must submit a personal statement of about 500 words, documenting your professional interests, goals, and reasons for applying to the TCSOL Program. The personal statement may also include information on your education background and any prior experience in language teaching. For those whose native language is Chinese, the statement of purpose should be written in English; otherwise it should be written in Chinese.
English Language Proficiency Test
As all TCSOL courses are taught entirely in English, you need to submit an English proficiency test report (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC) to demonstrate your ability in reading, listening, writing and speaking. For specific requirements on minimum English proficiency test scores, please refer to the English Language Score Requirement section above.
If you have already obtained or are in the process of obtaining an M.A. or Ph.D. degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, the English language proficiency test requirement can be waived for you. To request a waiver, please email CIFLTE at email@example.com.
Two Letters of Recommendation
As part of the application, you must submit two letters of recommendation that can attest to your personal strength and academic merits to succeed in the program. Referees should email their letters of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than forwarding them to the applicant. It is highly recommended that you contact your referees early so as to allow them enough time to write and submit their letters of recommendation.
Application Fee Payment
You should pay an application fee, $100 (on or before March 15, 2017) or $150 (after March 15, 2017), and email your receipt along with other application materials to email@example.com. Payment can be made by credit card at https://commerce.cashnet.com/TCSOL?cname=CERTNYC. Please do not hesitate to contact CIFLTE at firstname.lastname@example.org should you encounter any problems in making the payment.
Click here to download a sample application.
Step 2: Application Review and Decision Notification
Applications will be reviewed only after all the required application materials are received and the application fee submitted. To expedite the application process, you are advised to plan ahead and submit your application materials early. Once an application decision has been made, we will inform you of your application result via email.
Step 3: Accepting the Offer and Tuition Payment
To confirm your acceptance of the offer, you must make a $1,000 (non-refundable) deposit prior to the specified deadline in your offer letter to hold your place in the program. To make a payment, please go to https://commerce.cashnet.com/TCSOL?cname=CERTNYC. The remaining tuition is usually due before mid September, prior to the start of the New Student Orientation. A $100 late fee will incur for any payment made past the specified deadlines.