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

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Applicants are required to submit the following items:



**English language scores and letters of recommendation may be waived for those who are Teachers college or Columbia students or graduates.**


Language Score Requirements:

  • Non-native speakers of English should submit ONE of the following English proficiency score reports:

    • TOEFL iBT: 90

    • TOEFL cBT: 233

    • IELTS: 6.0

    • TOEIC: 700

  • Non-native speakers of Chinese should submit a standardized Chinese proficiency test report:

    • HSK: Level 5 or 6

Application Procedures and Guidelines

Step 1: Application Submission

All the required application items must be emailed as attachments to the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) at by the appropriate deadline. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered for admission review. Application materials may be mailed to CIFLTE in New York City; however, it is strongly recommended that you email your application materials as international mail takes time and tends to get lost.

Application Form

TCSOL One-Year Program Application Form 2019

(Or download from the link below)

Statement of Purpose  

You must submit a personal statement of about 500 words, documenting your professional interests, goals, and reasons for applying to the TCSOL Program. The personal statement may also include information on your education background and any prior experience in language teaching. For those whose native language is Chinese, the statement of purpose should be written in English; otherwise it should be written in Chinese.

English Language Proficiency Test

As all TCSOL courses are taught entirely in English, you need to submit an English proficiency test report (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC) to demonstrate your ability in reading, listening, writing and speaking. For specific requirements on minimum English proficiency test scores, please refer to the English Language Score Requirement section above.

If you have already obtained or are in the process of obtaining an M.A. or Ph.D. degree from an institution in an English-speaking country, the English language proficiency test requirement can be waived for you. To request a waiver, please email CIFLTE at

Two Letters of Recommendation

As part of the application, you must submit two letters of recommendation that can attest to your personal strength and academic merits to succeed in the program. Referees should email their letters of recommendation directly to rather than forwarding them to the applicant. It is highly recommended that you contact your referees early so as to allow them enough time to write and submit their letters of recommendation.

Application Fee Payment

You should pay an application fee, $100 (on or before March 15, 2017) or $150 (after March 15, 2017), and email your receipt along with other application materials to Payment can be made by credit card at Please do not hesitate to contact CIFLTE at should you encounter any problems in making the payment.

Sample Application

Click‌ here to download a sample application.

Step 2: Application Review and Decision Notification

Applications will be reviewed only after all the required application materials are received and the application fee submitted. To expedite the application process, you are advised to plan ahead and submit your application materials early. Once an application decision has been made, we will inform you of your application result via email.

Step 3: Accepting the Offer and Tuition Payment

To confirm your acceptance of the offer, you must make a $1,000 (non-refundable) deposit prior to the specified deadline in your offer letter to hold your place in the program. To make a payment, please go to The remaining tuition is usually due before mid September, prior to the start of the New Student Orientation. A $100 late fee will incur for any payment made past the specified deadlines.