TESOL MA Transitional B

Master of Arts in TESOL

With Transitional B Certification

We offer a 32-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward PK-12 Transitional B Certification. This is designed for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who wish to transition into public school classrooms. View requirements.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 32
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): January 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • See program website for TOEFL/IELTS policies and score minimums for non-native English speakers
  • GRE General Test or MAT
  • Video Essay (included in online application)
  • Application Supplement (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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We offer a 32-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward PK-12 Transitional B Certification. The program is designed for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to transition into public school classrooms. Successful completion of this program of study leads to the M.A. degree and recommendation for New York State Initial Certification (grades PK-12). Students in this program balance full-time teaching in a NYCDOE school and graduate school coursework. They are supported in their program and teaching by the TESOL Program and the Peace Corps Fellows Program. Through comprehensive and innovative course work, hands-on experiences in New York City public schools, and research projects, Fellows explore the teaching and learning of English to PK-12 speakers of other languages.

In order to complete all degree requirements successfully, this program typically demands a minimum of two years. The first summer in the program is intensive coursework and fieldwork to prepare students for their first year of teaching.

Candidates applying for initial certification in New York will be required to take and pass all required New York State exams for initial certification, including the edTPA. For more information, please visit our OTE website: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/office-of-teacher-education/students/certification-requirements/certification-exams/

All courses must be passed with a grade of B- or above to count toward Initial New York State Certification.

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 (14 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 5207 Fieldwork in TESOL (2)
  • A&HL 5105 Classroom Discourse (or other TESOL/AL Elective) (3)

Breadth Courses (6 points)

  • C&T 4501: Teaching and Learning in the Multicultural, Multilingual Classroom (3)
  • C&T 4000: Disability, Exclusion and Schooling (3)

Required Exit Project

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

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