TESOL Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certification

Mission Statement

Through a unique synergy of theory and practice, the Teachers College TESOL Certificate Program prepares graduates to teach English to adult speakers of other languages. Students are taught to adapt and apply principles of communicative language teaching to a variety of settings and learner populations. We emphasize sensitivity to teacher and student diversity, which can include factors such as: cultural, religious, linguistic, educational, and socio-economic background; race and ethnicity; and sexual orientation and gender expression. Graduates are prepared to become active, reflective, and collaborative TESOL professionals in local and international contexts. 

  • Upon completion, students are awarded: 28 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and/or a CTLE Certificate (280 hours).

  • The Program aligns with, and exceeds the standards recommended by TESOL International Association for short-term certificate programs. It also meets and exceeds the 120-hour instruction standard often required for teaching abroad.

  • Students who complete the program can transfer up to 6 credits toward an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics or TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Please note that while taught at the graduate level, the TESOL Certificate Program is a non-credit, non-degree program. It does not provide K-12 certification or an ESL endorsement on a public school teaching license. It is primarily for those who wish to teach adults in the U.S. and abroad.


Program Offerings and Workshops

Full-time Summer Intensive TCP

Part-Time Fall/Spring TCP

Attend a TESOL workshop

Our Events

There are exciting things are on the horizon at the TESOL Certificate Program! Mark your calendars and we hope you'll join us for our upcoming events.


June 8, 2024 Beyond the Essay: Teaching Knowledge, Skills, and Processes for ESL Writing (Online, Zoom)

July 20, 2024 Pronunciation: Building Autonomy while Teaching the Skills. (In-person, Teachers College)

Register here 

Online Information Sessions 

Attend an info session to learn more about the Program.

Dates: February 7, 2024 (12:30-1:30pm, ET); June 14, 2024 (5:00-6:00pm, ET)

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Virtual Open House 

Attend our virtual open house to learn more about the Program and meet faculty, staff, and alumni.

Dates: March 7, 2024 (5:30-7:00pm, ET); July 11, 2024 (6:00-7:30pm, ET)

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*Please note: all times listed are for the Eastern Time Zone. Please convert for your own time zone accordingly, if necessary.

Our Community

TCP 2022 Newsletter

We are happy to share our latest TESOL Certificate Program newsletter for this year. The newsletter features latest news on our faculty and alumni, as well as upcoming TCP events and new announcements.

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