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TESOL Application Checklist and Timeline

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into this program applicants must:

  • Have a New York State Initial Certification in discipline other than TESOL
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have earned a 3.0 minimum undergraduate or 3.5 graduate GPA
  • Have fulfilled 12 credits in a foreign language or sign language/documented on an undergraduate/graduate transcript or equivalent credit on College Level Examination Program or NYU Proficiency Test

Application Requirements

Complete an Application
Submit your application

Recommended Application Deadlines 
Fall: July 1
Summer: May 1
Spring: December 1

Please note: For individuals who are only interested in an additional certificate and not the M.S degree, the Mount also offers an additional classroom-teaching certificate in ESOL.

Applicants should send their official transcripts in sealed envelopes, from each college or university they have attended. All credentials from foreign institutions require a World Education Services (WES) evaluation.

Two Letters of Recommendation 
Two (2) letters of recommendation—one professional and one academic preferred.

References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.

New York State Certification
For those who hold Initial New York State certification in an area other than TESOL, the College will verify certification through TEACHONLINE. For those who hold Professional Certification, the College requests a copy of the New York State Certification.

Writing Assessment
Applicants will receive a writing prompt once they have submitted their application.

Standardized Test Scores
International applicants will be required to submit a TOEFL or an IELTS score report. International students should score 80 or better on the TOEFL exam, or 6.5 or better on the IELTS.

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