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Admission to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teaching Fellows Program at Hunter College

For Prospective Teaching Fellows


New York City Teaching Fellows are career changers and recent college graduates who do not have degrees in education and who wish to become teachers. Once accepted to the program, Fellows assigned to Hunter College participate in an intensive 7-week summer program beginning in mid-June, and begin teaching in a New York City public school the following September while pursuing a subsidized master’s degree in education.


Admissions Process

If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Fellow, you must first apply directly to the New York City Teaching Fellows at Hunter does not accept applications to the program. Students accepted to the Teaching Fellows and assigned to Hunter must meet Hunter’s prerequisites before being accepted as matriculated students. Students must have 3.0 undergraduate GPA; a 30-credit liberal arts or sciences major or interdisciplinary concentration (Adolescent English applicants need the equivalent of an English major); and a general education liberal arts core that includes courses in math, science, English, foreign language, social studies, the arts, and information retrieval.


For New TESOL Teaching Fellows

I. Overview

Welcome to the Hunter College School of Education as a New York City Teaching Fellow. As a student at Hunter, you will participate in an intensive 7-week summer program beginning in mid-June, and begin teaching in a New York City public school the following September while pursuing your master’s degree.


II. Admissions Process

New Teaching Fellows begin their studies as non-matriculated students for the 7-week summer program in the summer and for the following Fall semester. For the Spring semester, Teaching Fellows must become matriculated students in order to continue in the program.  You will fill out an application for matriculation during the Teaching Fellows Orientation in June. Applicants for matriculation must meet Hunter’s admission requirements, which include:

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (grades K-12):

  1. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 from an accredited bachelor’s degree program
  2. A liberal arts or sciences major of at least 30 credits.
  3. A general education core in liberal arts and sciences to include: 12 credits of foreign language documented on a transcript or equivalent credits on a standardized proficiency test like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the NYU Proficiency Test in Foreign Language (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript will meet 6 credits of this requirement); 9 credits in communication and English with at least one course in written analysis and expression and one course in English literature; 9 credits in science and mathematics, with at least one course in math and one course in science (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement); 6 credits in social studies (including at least one course in history or geography); credits in the arts; and 3 credits in information retrieval (library studies, research, computer literacy, or educational technology).
  4. Submission of two letters of recommendation to be included in the graduate application.
  5. A statement of purpose to be included in the graduate application.
  6. Applicants with academic credentials from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These applicants must score at least 600 on the paper-administered test or 250 on the computer administered test; 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE); and 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

III. Admission with Conditions

Students who have not met all the liberal arts and science prerequisites for their program are given admission conditions when they are accepted for matriculation, and are informed of these conditions in their acceptance from the Office of Admissions.. The School of Education's prerequisites are based on New York State Education Department liberal arts and science requirements, as well as each program's focus and curriculum. Admission conditions must be met by the end of the third semester of matriculation (see instructions below). Students may not be admitted with more than 12 credits of admission conditions.

Once you have satisfied your admission condition(s), please fill out the Admissions Conditions Request Form (you can download it here:, attach an official transcript or score report, and bring it to the Office of Educational Services, Room 1000 West.


How to Complete Admission Conditions:

  • Complete an undergraduate or graduate course at Hunter or elsewhere in the subject in which you are conditioned with a grade of C- or better. In order to take courses at Hunter outside of the School of Education, contact the department office that offers the course you need in order to obtain advisement and permission to take the course.  You may need to explain to the department advisor that you are a graduate student in Education who needs to meet certain conditions for admission.
  • Take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam in the subject in which you are conditioned and pass with a score of 50 or higher.  There are CLEP tests in algebra, calculus, biology, chemistry, natural sciences, American History, American Literature, French, German, and Spanish.   For more information, go to 
  • You can satisfy 6 credits (one year at the college level) of the foreign language requirement by showing proof of three years of the same foreign language in high school with grades of “B” or higher, or proof of completion of grade 10 or higher in a high school where courses are taught in a language other than English. Coursework in American Sign Language also satisfies this requirement.*
  • You can satisfy a science requirement by taking an on-line course developed by the Museum of Natural History and offered for credit through the CUNY School of Professional Studies.  Students can register through the CUNY e-permit system.  Recommended courses include “The Diversity of Fishes” and “In the Field with Spiders.” For more information, go to
  • A score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in the subject for which you are conditioned, or documentation on your transcript of college credit for an AP exam in the subject.

*Students with a disability that prevents them from satisfying the foreign language requirement, including satisfying it with courses in American Sign Language (ASL), must register with and provide documentation of the disability to the Office of AccessABILITY at Hunter College: Room 1124 East; 212-772-4857. Students whose disability prevents them from completing a foreign language (including ASL), as assessed by the Office of AccessABILITY, will be allowed to substitute coursework in the culture or literature of another country, culture, or civilization.   A list of approved Hunter College courses is available in room 1000 West.

IV. Immunization

Please be sure to satisfy Hunter College’s immunization requirements immediately. You will not be permitted to register without meeting these requirements. If you have questions, you can contact Health Services at 212-772-4800 or refer to the Health Services section of the Hunter College Website at

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