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The Academic Year 2023-24
TCSOL Certificate Program


The Certificate Program in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL), co-sponsored by

provides state-of-the-art training in Chinese pedagogy. Developed and taught by a world-class team of experts, the program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that sets trainees on a fast and efficient track to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for operating effectively in current and future classrooms in various contexts.

The program spans over one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and is ideal for both pre-service  and in-service teachers looking to develop or enhance their ability to teach Chinese to speakers of other languages.

The program particularly welcomes applications from the following groups of people:

  • Current students or graduates of MA programs in Applied Linguistics, Bilingual Education, Multilingual Education, and TESOL at Teachers College or other institutions both in and outside the U.S.
  • College seniors or recent graduates majoring in Chinese studies
  • Teachers from China or other Chinese-speaking regions
  • Mandarin speakers in the U.S. who are certified to teach other subjects
  • Mandarin speakers in the U.S. who are not yet certified in any subject
  • Professionals considering a career change
  • Individuals looking for a professional career


Choice of Modality

Students can apply for one of two options for participating in the program: Either (1) in-person at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, or (2) online via Zoom. Arrangements for the AY’s modality will depend on the composition of admitted students.



It is NOT POSSIBLE to alternate between taking classes in person and online once a choice of modality has been made at the start of the Program. 


Find out more about the program from recent issues of our Center's newsletter.


Download TCSOL Certificate Program Info Sheet