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 English as a New Language (ENL) 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 and Clinical Experiences

Coursework is offered in a range of online and in-person modes usually with a 4:30 or 7:10 pm start time. Because we value classroom experience, many courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a school setting – either a college or a community education setting, including our own Hunter Saturday programs for adult learners (SPELL and COPE). In the final semester, all students participate in our laboratory school practicum, which takes place Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.




This program does not lead to certification or licensure.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5
  • 12 credits in a world language other than English 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, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

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 (Priority Deadline)
  • April 15 (Extended Deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • November 1 (Extended Deadline)

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.

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