FAQs | TCSOL Certificate The Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

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Please note that this is not a certification program. The certificate program is a non-degree, fast-track program. Attending this program does not certify participants for teaching in public K-12 schools in the U.S. unless they are able to gain "temporary" or "emergency" certification. However, graduates from this program are eligible to teach in Independent K-12 School settings. Those who are interested in pursuing an MA degree may subsequently apply to the Bilingual Education Program or the TESOL Program (K-12 Certification Track) at Teachers College if they wish to receive New York State certification or otherwise to the Applied Linguistics Program or the TESOL Program (General Track).

Graduates from the TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate Program can transfer the equivalent of six credits into their subsequent study in the Master's program of Applied Linguistics or Bilingual Education at Teachers College, should they be subsequently accepted into either program.

Is there a minimum score requirement?

For non-native speakers of English, please look here for the necessary scores. For non-native Chinese speakers, an HSK score of 5 or 6 is necessary for understand Chinese content in the classes, though lectures will be held in English.

The main difference between the TCSOL One-year Certificate Program (TCSOL program) and the TCSOL/TESOL Summer Dual Certificate Program is that the TCSOL program covers more comprehensive materials on TCSOL on a much deeper level of instruction. Also, the TCSOL program provides a Practicum as part of the program, whereas the Summer program does not. Many view the Summer program as a stepping stone for the TCSOL program and transfer to it upon completion of the Summer program as the tuition of the Summer program can be used towards the tuition of the TCSOL program.