TESOL MA Initial

Master of Arts in TESOL Initial

We offer a 37-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward PK-12 Initial New York State Teacher Certification. Through comprehensive and innovative coursework, hands-on experiences in New York City public schools, and research projects, you’ll explore the teaching and learning of English to PK-12 speakers of other languages.

Please note: We currently have no Professional Certification program for students who already have Initial Certification or are teaching full-time. Students wishing to teach in a public school in a state other than New York are advised to consult the certification requirements for that state.

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Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 37
  • Entry Terms: Fall


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  • NY State Initial: English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K -12

Application Deadlines

Entry Term AvailablePriority DeadlinesFinal DeadlinesExtended Deadlines
FallJanuary 15, 2024April 1, 2024May 1, 2024

Select programs remain open beyond our standard application deadlines, such as those with an extended deadline or those that are rolling (open until June or July). If your program is rolling or has an extended deadline indicated above, applications are reviewed as they are received and on a space-available basis. We recommend you complete your application as soon as possible as these programs can close earlier if full capacity has been met.

Application Requirements

 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam required for all Non-native English Speakers (see program website for acceptable exams and score minimums)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
 Video essay required (included in online application)
 English Proficiency exam required for all non-native English speakers, see program website for acceptable exams and score minimums

Additional Information

  • English Proficiency exam required for all non-native English speakers, see program website for acceptable exams and score minimums

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.

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The TESOL PK-12 Initial Certification track offers a 37-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward New York State Initial Teacher Certification. Students wishing to teach in a public school in a state other than New York are advised to consult the certification requirements for that state).

Candidates applying for initial teacher certification in New York will be required to fulfill NYSED’s Content Core requirements (see https://www.tc.columbia.edu/office-of-teacher-education/students/certification-requirements/initial-certification/ ). They will also be required to take and pass all required New York State certification exams for initial certification. For more information, please visit our Office of Teacher Education (OTE) website: 



General Courses (12 points):  

  • A&HL 4000: Educational linguistics (3)

  • A&HL 4085: Pedagogical English grammar (3)

  • A&HL 4087: Introduction to second language acquisition (3)

  • A&HL 4088: Second language assessment (3)

Track Specific Courses in TESOL, PK-12 (13 points):

  • A&HL 4076: TESOL methodologies for PK-6 (3)

  • A&HL 4171: TESOL methodologies for 7-12 (3)

  • A&HL 4185: Pedagogical approaches in the content areas for teachers of PK-12  ESL (3)

  • A&HL 4776: Supervised student teaching in TESOL: PK-6 (2)

  • A&HL 4777: Supervised student teaching in TESOL: 7-12 (2)

Elective Courses (3 points)

One elective course in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (3 points):

  • A&HL 4077: TESOL classroom practices (3)

  • A&HL 4090: Teaching writing to ESL students (3)

  • A&HL 5011: Tech-based language teaching and materials design (3)

  • A&HL 6097: Task-based language teaching learning (3)

  • A&HL 4001: Sociolinguistics (3)

  • A&HL 4104: Discourse analysis (3)

  • A&HL 4105: Conversation analysis (3)

  • A&HL 4106: Text and textuality (3)

  • A&HL 5105: Classroom discourse (3)

  • A&HL 5106: Language socialization (3)

  • A&HL 5008: Interlanguage analysis (3)

  • A&HL 5087: Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)

  • A&HL 6097: Task-based language learning (3)

  • A&HL 5199: Topics in language assessment (3)

  • A&HL 5519: Instructed SLA and assessment (3)

  • A&HL 6040: Classroom-based language assessment (3)

Breadth Courses (9 points)

Foundations/breadth courses are intended to broaden students’ knowledge of the history of education, philosophies, and educational issues and practices beyond their particular area of concentration. 

Foundations/breadth credits must be used to meet the New York State requirements within the following categories: 

*Bilingual/bicultural education or urban education (3)

*Elementary and secondary education (3)

*Teaching students with learning disabilities (3)

Students must consult with their advisor when choosing their breadth courses.

Bilingual/bicultural education or foundations of education and urban education (3) :

  • A&HB 4020: Bilingualism and disabilities

  • A&HB 4021: Foundations of bilingual/bicultural education

  • A&HB 4024: Linguistics foundations of bilingual/bicultural education

  • A&HB 4075: Cross-cultural communication and classroom ecology

  • A&HB 4121: Bilingual/bicultural curriculum design

  • A&HH 4076: History of urban education

  • C&T 4078: Curriculum and teaching in urban areas

  • C&T 4501: Teaching and learning in the multicultural classroom

  • EDPS 4022: Sociology of urban education

  • ITSF 4060: Latinos in urban schools

  • Various topics courses in Bilingual/Bicultural Education

  • Elementary and secondary education (3)

  • A&HF 4090: Philosophies of education

  • A&HF 4091: Call to teach

  • A&HW 4036: The teaching of social studies

  • A&HW 5030: Diversity and the social studies curriculum

  • C&T 4124: Curriculum development in elementary education

  • C&T 4133: Learning and teaching in the intermediate reading and writing classroom

  • C&T 4141: Literature for older children

  • C&T 4151: Teaching of writing

  • C&T 5037: Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading

  • HUDK 4022:  Developmental psychology: Childhood

  • HUDK 4023:  Developmental psychology: Adolescence

  • MSTC 4040: Science in childhood education

  • MSTC 4044: Biology curriculum and methods laboratory

  • MSTM 5010: Mathematics in elementary school

Teaching students with learning disabilities (3)

  • C&T 4000: Disability, exclusion, and schooling

  • C&T 4001: Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms

  • C&T 4046: Curriculum and instruction in secondary inclusive education

  • C&T 4047: Curriculum development in secondary inclusive education

  • C&T 4301: Formal assessment of exceptional students

  • C&T 5080: Access to full participation in schools

  • HBSE 4001: Teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms

Exit Project:

In addition to course requirements, students must complete a master’s degree project written on a research topic arising from course-related interests and subject to approval by an advisor. This project can be a review of literature on a scholarly topic or a practice motivated review of literature. It is normally completed at the beginning of the last semester of study. For more information, click here

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