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TESOL Certificate Program

Teachers College, Columbia University

Information for International Students

Proof of English Proficiency

All non-native speakers of English, including those who have an undergraduate degree from an English- medium university in the U.S. or abroad, must submit proof of English proficiency based on tests results from one of the following standardized tests below. Test scores must not be older than 2 years.

  • A minimum score of 102 on the TOEFL with the following minimum scores in each section: Speaking 26, Listening 25, Reading 25, and Writing 26. [The TC code is 2905]
  • A score of C or better on Cambridge English: Proficiency test (CPE)
  • A score of 7.0 or better on each section of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 

All scores should be sent to:

TESOL Certificate Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street, Box 66
New York, New York 10027-6696

Since it can take several weeks for testing services to send official test scores and we cannot process your application until a copy of your test score is received, we suggest you:

  • Take the test as soon as possible.
  • Send an unofficial photocopy of your score with your application (or shortly thereafter).

We will begin processing your application with your unofficial score while we wait for your official score to be received.

Visa Sponsorship

The TESOL Certificate Program welcomes applications from international applicants, but please be aware that the ability to sponsor a student visa varies depending on the program: 

Summer Intensive Program:

Teachers College is able to provide student visa sponsorship for the on-site portion of the summer intensive program. For more information on this process, please visit the Office of International Services website and contact 

Part-Time Fall/Spring Program:

Teachers College is unable to provide student visa sponsorship for students in the fall/spring program due to its part-time nature. International students in the fall/spring program must make their own arrangements for immigration/visa status.