Master of Arts in TESOL, Teaching Residents @ TC (TRTC Initial)

The Teaching Residents at Teachers College Master of Arts program is a rigorous and intensive full-time teacher preparation program, which includes a substantial experiential element that incorporates components such as: extensive field work in schools, participation in events hosted by educational and community based organizations, and time spent exploring neighborhoods and communities where students attend school and live. Visit TR@TC for more information.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 44
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer


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

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): January 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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In collaboration with the office of Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC), we are offering a TESOL MA initial certification program. It is an 18-months program, funded by USDOE. After graduation, residents pledge to teach in local high-needs public schools. For more information, including funding, please visit the TR@TC website: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/teachingresidents/ 

Candidates applying for initial certification in New York will be required to take and pass all required New York State exams for initial certification. For more information, please visit our Office of Teacher Education (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.

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