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About This Certificate

Open up the English language world to your students. Designed for aspiring and working teachers alike, courses in this certificate program emphasize communicative, content-based, student-centered learning. This highly regarded program awards a Certificate in Teaching English (CTE) for successful completion of a structured curriculum of five courses, including a minimum of 50 hours of student teaching. The program equips students with skills readily applicable to classroom teaching and tutoring in the United States and abroad.

All Certificate in Teaching English (CTE) courses can be taken for certificate approval on a noncredit basis or for undergraduate credit. Certificate students who are not seeking undergraduate credit (usually because they have a bachelor's degree) receive grades of Approved or Not Approved; those who register for credit receive letter grades (C+ or better is required for certificate approval). There is no difference in the coursework or other requirements. All students who successfully complete the program receive the same certificate and are entitled to transcripts of record. Except for the Teaching Practicum, individual courses may be taken with permission by students not enrolled in the certificate program. Please note, however, that certificate approval cannot awarded for any course retroactively.

Students matriculated in an undergraduate program at The New School may be able to earn the CTE while completing their degree through careful choice of electives but should consult with their academic advisors before applying for the CTE program. 

Note: The Certificate in TESOL curriculum focuses on teaching English to adults. This program has no connection with New York State Department of Education K–12 certification.

Timeline to CompletionThe CTE can be completed in one year (two semesters) of full-time study; it must be completed in two years. Optional short professional development courses are offered every semester for working ESOL teachers and others interested in this field. 

Enrollment Type: Credit and noncredit

Number of Courses: 5 courses, including at least 50 hours of student teaching.

Format: On-campus

Course Sequence: Courses need not be taken in the order listed unless a prerequisite is indicated in the course description. 

TBD credit; $4,060 noncredit


For Curriculum and Schedule information please view this pdf:

Application And Registration
  • Eligibility: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is preferred, but applicants with at least 60 semester credits of college-level coursework will be considered. Nonnative speakers of English must have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL.
  • Application Procedures: Submit the online application form, including writing sample and grammar test. Once the application materials have been received and reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview. An interview can be conducted either in person or on the telephone.
  • Registration Procedures: CTE students must apply and be admitted for the program before they can register for courses. Admitted students will receive a link to the online registration catalog from the English Language Studies Department before the semester begins. Registration is done online. 
  • Information Sessions: The English Language Studies Department invites prospective students to The New School for presentations about careers in teaching ESL/EFL and the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CTE). The English Language Studies Department is also able to answer questions about the program and about upcoming information sessions. Call 212.229.5372 or email

          English Language Studies Department
          66 West 12th St., 6th Floor
          New York, NY 10011

          Phone: 212.229.5372

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