Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Columbia University

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    Application Requirements

    If you are a prospective student and would like information about applying to Teachers College, Columbia University, please visit the Office of Admissions, email, or call (212) 678-3710.

    The application process is available through the Online Application System.  Please note that the Program does not pre-screen applicants to determine eligibility for Admission.

    The following items are required:

    1. A completed application form and application fee found online at Online Application System

    2. A personal statement

    3. A current resume or CV

    4. Official transcripts from each university you attended

    (All transcripts from non-U.S or Canadian post-secondary institutions must have World Education Services, Inc. conduct a WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation on them. Please view the application notes for International Applicants)

    5. 2 letters of reference
    6. For Ed.M. and Ed.D. applicants ONLY: A writing sample that demonstrates your English academic writing ability and your potential to do research.

    7. For non-native speakers of English ONLY: Students must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are no more than 2 years old and meet our minimum requirements listed below.

    Minimum Overall Score
     102  7
    Minimum Speaking Score
     26  7
    Minimum Writing Score
     26  7
    Minimum Reading Score
    Minimum Listening Score
     25  7

    Our policy is that all non-native English speakers who did not go to junior high school, high school, and university consecutively at an English-medium school in an English-speaking country MUST take the TOEFL or IELTS.

    8. Applicants to the Ed.M. and  Ed.D. programs must have an M.A. in TESOL, Applied Linguistics or a related field.

    9. All students are expected to write and speak in a way that is appropriate to their professional responsibilities. Students having difficulty in achieving these standards will be required to take additional coursework or seek help from the TC Writing Center.

    NOTE: Ed.M. applicants may request to transfer up to 30 credit points into the AL and TESOL program from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. Applicants who have already earned an M.A. from Teachers College may transfer a total of 15 points in related areas from an accredited institution. Ed.D. students may transfer up to 45 points from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. All transfer of credit points must meet the approval of a faculty advisor.