Teaching English 7-12 with 5-6 Extension/Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist (MA)

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Program Description

This master's program prepares aspiring teachers to teach English in grades 7-12 and grades 5-6 without special needs as well as those with a variety of learning challenges, including autism, attention difficulties, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disabilities. 

This dual-certification curriculum combines content courses and core pedagogy classes with fieldwork and supervised student teaching. The curriculum includes coursework that focuses on literacy methods in the inclusive classroom, teaching methods for English and the language arts, language and literacy acquisition and development, designing effective curricula and individualized instruction for all types of learners, and working collaboratively with parents and guardians.

Graduates are eligible for New York State certification in teaching English grades 7-12 and teaching students with disabilities grades 7-12, with an optional certificate extension to teach grades 5–6,

Accreditation (AAQEP)

The New York University Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of teaching and leadership in today’s demanding educational environment, is granted accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Programs (AAQEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2020 to June 2027. This accreditation certifies that the fore-named professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to AAQEP’s quality principles.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.