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Meet our Alumni: Payungsak Kaenchan

Meet our Alumni: Payungsak Kaenchan

November 01, 2017

Payungsak graduated from Summer Intensive Program in 2016. As a child, Payungsak learned English as a foreign language growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. Here's his story: 

Step-by-Step Application Instructions

Step-by-Step Application Instructions

October 04, 2017

With so many program offerings at Teachers College, we know it can sometimes be a little confusing navigating the online application system. For that reason, we’ve provided step-by-step instructions with screenshots to help you.

Portrait of a Distinguished TCP Alumna: Kathleen Sundt

Portrait of a Distinguished TCP Alumna: Kathleen Sundt

October 03, 2017

The TESOL Certificate Program (TCP) at Teachers College, Columbia University, is not only a tremendous opportunity for professional growth. It is also where students catch up with their life dreams, sculpt their social identities, and re-affirm their commitment to serve the community devotedly. One of those students is Kathleen Sundt, a recent Summer 2017 TCP graduate.

Summer 2017 'End of Program' Slideshow

Summer 2017

August 09, 2017

View our 'End of Program' slideshow, including quotes from students!

Summer 2017 Workshops

Summer 2017 Workshops

July 13, 2017

Optional weekend workshops on TESOL topics are included as part of tuition for TESOL Certificate Program students. Some of these workshops are also open to the public. We encourage prospective students to consider attending one of our upcoming workshops to learn new skills and gain exposure to the TESOL Certificate Program.

Meet Our Mentors: Allie

Meet Our Mentors: Allie

November 11, 2016

Meet Allie, a mentor in the TCP. One of the advantages of the TESOL Certificate Program is the opportunity to gain real teaching experience while being guided by a mentor. Read on for advice from Allie on how to best take advantage of the program.

Attending the MA Program After the TCP: One Student's Experience

Attending the MA Program After the TCP: One Student

November 07, 2016

One of the advantages of the TCP is the ability to transfer 3-6 credits to the TESOL MA program at Teachers College. Meet Kathryn, a recent TCP alumna who is now enrolled in the MA program at TC and see how the TCP helped prepare her for her studies!

Meet Our New Faculty!

Meet Our New Faculty!

October 10, 2016

We are pleased to introduce our two newest faculty members in the TESOL Certificate Program: Fred Tsutagawa and Di Yu! They joined the program this fall to teach our Second Language Assessment and Intercultural Communication courses.

A Letter from a TCP Alumna

A Letter from a TCP Alumna

October 04, 2016

We recently received an email update from a TESOL Certificate Program graduate from the summer of 2013, Claudia. She has agreed to let us share her email on this blog, so read on to learn how Claudia has applied what she learned in the TCP to her career in Hong Kong.

How Rigorous is the TESOL Certificate Program? An Interview with a TCP Faculty Member

How Rigorous is the TESOL Certificate Program? An Interview with a TCP Faculty Member

September 13, 2016

We sit down with Instructor Michelle Stabler-Havener for a casual Q&A.

Meet Our Mentors: Aldo

Meet Our Mentors: Aldo

August 11, 2016

One of the advantages of the TESOL Certificate Program is the opportunity to gain real teaching experience while being guided by a mentor.

Meet Our Students: Jinhwa

Meet Our Students: Jinhwa

August 08, 2016

Today we are excited to feature Jinhwa, a full-time summer student in the TESOL Certificate Program from Korea!

Teaching Monks, Nuns, and Nursing Students: A TCP Alum’s Experiences in South Asia

Teaching Monks, Nuns, and Nursing Students: A TCP Alum’s Experiences in South Asia

August 04, 2016

We recently heard from John, an alumnus of the part-time TESOL Certificate Program who graduated this past May. Read on for his experiences teaching in India and Sri Lanka.

Meet Our Students: Mary Ellis

Meet Our Students: Mary Ellis

July 25, 2016

Today we are excited to introduce you to Mary Ellis, a current student in our full-time summer program!

Meet Our Students: Richard

Meet Our Students: Richard

July 21, 2016

Today we are pleased to introduce you to one of our full-time summer students, Richard! Read on to learn why he chose the program and what advice he has for students considering the program.

Summer Workshops Open to the Public

Summer Workshops Open to the Public

June 16, 2016

The TESOL Certificate Program is pleased to invite prospective students, alumni, and members of the public to attend two of our summer workshops.

A Letter from a TCP Alumnus

A Letter from a TCP Alumnus

June 08, 2016

We recently received an email update from a TESOL Certificate Program graduate from the summer of 2015, Ron. He has agreed to let us share his email on this blog, so read on to learn how Ron has applied what he learned in the TCP and our workshops to his new career as an adjunct instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Online Learning in the TESOL Certificate Program

Online Learning in the TESOL Certificate Program

May 26, 2016

Both the full-time summer program and the part-time fall-spring program are presented in a blended-learning format with half the program taking place online and half the program taking place on-site at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Congratulations to Part-Time TCP Students!

Congratulations to Part-Time TCP Students!

May 04, 2016

Our very first part-time cohort of the TESOL Certificate Program concluded classes this past weekend. To mark the occasion, students gathered with their instructors and mentors for a celebration immediately following the last class. 

Teaching in the Community Language Program

Teaching in the Community Language Program

April 15, 2016

Students in our part-time fall/spring program recently wrapped up five weeks of Fridays spent teaching in our on-site Community Language Program (CLP). As part of their practicum, students work in teams of 3 or 4 to teach a class at the CLP. 

Meet Our Students: Liana

Meet Our Students: Liana

March 28, 2016

Today we are excited to introduce you to one of our current students, Liana! Read on to learn why she chose the program and what she hopes to do with the certificate after graduating.

Meet Our Faculty: Nadja Tadic

Meet Our Faculty: Nadja Tadic

March 23, 2016

We are pleased to introduce you to our Intercultural Communication instructor, Nadja Tadic!

Meet Our Students: Annette

Meet Our Students: Annette

March 17, 2016

Today we are pleased to introduce you to Annette, who is currently enrolled in the part-time fall/spring TESOL Certificate Program.

TCP Open House- March 21

TCP Open House- March 21

March 14, 2016

The annual TESOL Certificate Program Open House is only one week away! RSVP today for the opportunity to learn more about the program, meet faculty and mentors, and ask your application questions! 

 

Meet Our Students: Tim

Meet Our Students: Tim

March 11, 2016

Today we are excited to introduce you to one of our stellar students, Tim! He is enrolled in the part-time fall/spring program and is currently completing the on-site portion of the program, which includes teaching in the Community Language Program. 

Weekend Workshops in TESOL Topics

Weekend Workshops in TESOL Topics

March 08, 2016

Optional weekend workshops on TESOL topics are included as part of tuition for TESOL Certificate Program students. Some of these workshops are also open to the public. We encourage prospective students to consider attending one of our upcoming workshops to learn new skills and gain exposure to the TESOL Certificate Program. 

Meet Our Faculty: Sarah Sok

Meet Our Faculty: Sarah Sok

February 18, 2016

Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is one of five required courses for the TESOL Certificate Program. This week we are pleased to introduce our SLA instructor, Sarah Sok!

Q&A with the TCP Admissions Committee

Q&A with the TCP Admissions Committee

February 10, 2016

The personal statement is a critical part of your application to the TESOL Certificate Program. It is a valuable opportunity for the Admissions Committee to get to know you as more than transcripts and a resume. We often receive questions from applicants on what makes a strong personal statement, so we recently sat down with a member of the TCP Admissions Committee for their insight.

Meet our Faculty: Elizabeth Reddington

Meet our Faculty: Elizabeth Reddington

January 20, 2016

In continuing with our series of faculty profiles, today we are pleased to introduce you to Elizabeth Reddington!

TCP Curriculum

TCP Curriculum

December 15, 2015

We often get asked about the course requirements for the TESOL Certificate Program. Here are all your questions answered!

Alumni Spotlight: Jessie ’12

Alumni Spotlight: Jessie ’12

December 08, 2015

TCP alumni go on to teach in schools all over the country and the world! This week we checked in with Jessie, a 2012 graduate of the program, and asked what advice she would give to students considering applying to the TESOL Certificate Program.

Meet our Faculty: Michelle Stabler-Havener

Meet our Faculty: Michelle Stabler-Havener

November 30, 2015

Today we continue with our series about TESOL Certificate Program faculty and are pleased to introduce Classroom Practices instructor Michelle Stabler-Havener!

Meet Our Faculty: Heidi Liu

Meet Our Faculty: Heidi Liu

November 16, 2015

The TCP requires the completion of five courses: Classroom Practices, Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogical English Grammar, Second Language Assessment, and Intercultural Communication. Learn more about Second Language Assessment instructor, Heidi Liu!

TESOL Certificate Program Students Complete Summer Intensive at TC

TESOL Certificate Program Students Complete Summer Intensive at TC

August 06, 2015

We continue our series on the TCP with students in the Summer Intensive cohort, as they adjust to teaching in a real language school, our Community Language Program (CLP) on the TC campus.

TESOL Certificate Program Embraces Online Classroom in New Blended Learning Format

TESOL Certificate Program Embraces Online Classroom in New Blended Learning Format

June 13, 2015

This new format allows local, national, and international students greater flexibility of study through rigorous online courses culminating in a practical, hands-on teaching experience at Teachers College.

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