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TESOL Certificate Program

Teachers College, Columbia University

About Us

For more than 20 years, the TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University has offered a unique balance of theory and practice in teaching English to speakers of other languages. With a close affiliation with the graduate TESOL & Applied Linguistics program, we are able to offer a rigorous curriculum that reflects current research by experts in the field of TESOL.

The program consists of five required courses, practical teaching experience, senior teacher mentoring, and optional workshops. While the TESOL Certificate Program is a non-credit program, it does require graduate-level work and our goal is to give students a solid exposure to the teaching of English within a limited amount of time. We want students to leave the program being able to make informed decisions about pedagogy based on their knowledge of how languages are learned, structured, and used, and with hands-on exposure to activities design and classroom management.

Students in the TESOL Certificate Program are able to put TESOL theories into practice by teaching in our language school, the Community Language Program, which offers ESL classes to non-native speakers of English in the local community. To help bridge the gap between theory and practice, our students will be guided by senior mentor teachers that help with lesson planning, classroom management, task design, and more. 

TESOL Certificate Program: Career Changers

Visit with our students as they discuss their decision to enter the TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.