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Continuing Professional Studies
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Continuing Professional Studies

Putting your purpose into practice.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The TESOL intensive summer program leads to the completion of a Teachers College Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The TESOL Certificate Program is a 9-week non-degree program that offers participants from all over the world a unique blend of theory and practice and a hands-on, integrated skills approach to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), and/or English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Participants study the fundamentals of how English works, the most up-to-date theories on how languages are learned, and how to assess students. They also explore teaching methodologies and take part in an integrated curriculum of courses and workshops. Topics include creating a learner-centered classroom, language and culture, and course and materials development. One of the highlights of the program is that participants plan for and teach their own classes in TC’s Community Language Program.
TESOL also offers one-day workshops and classes focused on building professional competencies in the field.

2015 TESOL Certificate Program

A 9-week summer intensive program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Perfect for recent college graduates, current English teachers who want to improve their skills, and career-changers

The 2015 summer program will run from June 8 through August 21.
June 8 -- July 3: Online
July 13 -- August 7: Onsite: Teachers College, Columbia University
August 17 -- August 21: Online

Monday-Friday, 9:30am - 4pm

New Blended Learning Program being launched Summer 2015

With more than 15 years of experience offering the TESOL Certificate Program, we are continuing our rigorous program in a blended learning format staring Summer 2015.

The program will include approximately 5 weeks of semi-synchronous online instruction and 4 weeks of onsite instruction at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

For more information, please call or email

Vivian Lindhardsen
Community Language and TESOL Certificate programs
Teachers College, Columbia University

For the 2014 TESOL Certificate program see