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Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Columbia University

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Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL)

Teachers College, Columbia University

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the certificate program in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages (TCSOL) the same as a certification program? 

Please note that this is not a certification program. The certificate program is a non-degree, fast-track program. Attending this program does not certify participants for teaching in public K-12 schools in the U.S., unless they are able to gain "temporary" or "emergency" certification. However, graduates from this program are eligible to teach in Independent K-12 School settings. Those who are interested in pursuing an MA degree may subsequently apply to the Bilingual Education Program or the TESOL Program (K-12 Certification Track) at Teachers College if they wish to receive New York State certification or otherwise to the Applied Linguistics Program or the TESOL Program (General Track).

2. How many credits can I transfer?

Graduates from the TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate Program can transfer the equivalent of six credits into their subsequent study in the Master's program of Applied Linguistics or Bilingual Education at Teachers College, should they be subsequently accepted into either program.

3. Is scholarship available?


4. What type of certificate will I receive?

If you successfully complete the program of study, you will receive a certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University.

5. Is the student considered a full-time student in this program?

The student can be full-time or part-time, although the courses run on weekends.

6. Does this program accept international students?

Absolutely. International students must apply early in order to allow sufficient time for obtaining an entry visa, should they be accepted. The Program sponsors J-1 only. Click here for relevant information.

7. Do you accept application for the Spring semester? Can I start the program in Spring?

No, we only accept students for the Fall semester. The program spans 12 week(end)s over one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).

8. Can the course be taken online?

No, this is an offline program.

9. If I am taking TOEFL exam, what is the school code that I should provide to the TOEFL exam center?

You should provide the code for whichever school you are currently in and have the report sent to you there, which you can then submit to us as part of your application.

10. If I submit the last exam score, will it be the same for providing English proficiency?

Preferably, your score report is not more than three years old.

11. What language proficiency score reports do you accept? Is there a minimum score requirement?

Please see

Program Flyer

Continuing Professional Support

The TCSOL Fund