Program Overview

The TESOL Adult MA program will prepare you to teach adults in college, continuing education, business or private settings in the United States or abroad.

In this program, connections to the ESL classroom are emphasized and you will be exposed to extensive field experiences and practice. You should be prepared to spend considerable amounts of time observing and participating in educational settings in addition to attending classes at Hunter.

Coursework & Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. All coursework is in-person (there are no online courses). Many courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a school setting – either a college or a community education setting. Students also participate in supervised teaching as the culmination of their course of study. In the final semester, all students participate in our laboratory school practicum, which takes place Saturdays from 9am – 5pm.

Credits: 34

Certification/Licensure: This program does not lead to certification or licensure.

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • 12 credits in foreign language documented on a transcript or equivalent credits on a standardized proficiency test such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the NYU Proficiency Test in Foreign Language
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose – Please describe your purpose and objectives in undertaking graduate study in the field of TESOL.  Indicate how your talents, skills, and experiences might contribute to the Hunter School of Education community and mission. You may include: diverse cultural experiences, family background, extracurricular activities, accomplishments, career goals, life and work experiences, obstacles you have overcome, or special talents.  Explain why the TESOL program is a good fit for your goals.
  • On-site oral interview and writing sample may be required
  • Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit TOEFL or IELTS exams scores. For more information English proficiency requirements for applicants with foreign credentials, click here.

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, click here.

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Other Programs and T.E.S.O.L. Adult Program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start: March 15

Spring Start: October 15

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Related Programs

If you are interested in teaching English Language Learners in PreK-12 classrooms, consider applying for our master’s degree program in TESOL PreK-12.

Contact an Admissions Advisor


Program Leader

Timothy Farnsworth