Program Overview

The New School for Public Engagement offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The curriculum is 30 credits: 15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of concentration courses. There are two areas of concentration offered: Teaching, and Curriculum Development. If desired, students who want to complete the Teaching concentration may take a 9-12 intensive summer course on-campus in New York City, and complete the remaining credits online. Students who decide to take this route may complete the program in one year.

The program is designed with today’s industry leaders and in accordance with new skills and techniques. The required courses include the following, Language Analysis for Teachers: Phonology, Lexis and Syntax, Language Analysis for Teachers: Grammar and Discourse, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, Culture/Intercultural Communication, and Sociolinguistics of English as a Global Language.

The TESOL faculty includes Scott Thornbury, ELTon award winner, and Jeremy Harmer; these are two individuals who are renowned professionals in TESOL. Today, the demand for TESOL professionals is greatly increasing. The TESOL graduates from The New School typically work for a variety of universities, international corporations, governments, and NGOs. Additionally, they may teach English to people of all ages, while creating new programs, developing new teaching methods, and helping students. Students need to be mindful that this degree does not allow individuals to teach in the State of New York. A plan of action may be determined with the students’ advisor in order to obtain a license.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Emerging in 1919 in New York City as a promoter of innovative and creative thinking, the New School for Social Research began as a new kind of academic institution, an innovative college where faculty and students would be free to honestly and directly address the problems facing societies in the 20th century. Over the years, the New School for Social Research, now formally named The New School, grew into an urban university divided into private, not-for-profit academic schools and colleges:

    • Parsons School for Design
    • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Performing Arts
    • The New School for Social Research
    • Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
    • School of Media Studies

    The courses offered by The New School at first reflected the founders' interest in the emerging social sciences, international affairs, history, philosophy, drama and literature, writing, performing arts, fine arts, foreign languages, media studies, and information processing. Several of the schools affer fully online programs leading to certificates, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees.


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