Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) All Grades (MA)

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Program Description

Leading to New York State Teacher Certification
This master of arts program prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages. Students study teaching methods, the second-language classroom, second language research, foundations in linguistics, the structure of American English, intercultural or multicultural perspectives in education, teaching students with special needs, and adolescent learners in urban contexts. Students gain valuable classroom experience through student teaching placements at the elementary and secondary grade levels in New York City schools, preparing for a wide range of career options.

Special Opportunities

Students may explore the interrelationship among language, culture, and learning from an intercultural perspective in the Dominican Republic and United Kingdom, or take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

Career Opportunities

Teachers of English to speakers of other languages are in high demand across the country. This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), grades K–12. Graduates teach in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, community organizations, and immigrant resettlement agencies; work as curriculum developers, specialists or evaluators; and hold positions as researchers, teacher educators, trainers and program coordinators in government and nonprofit educational agencies and multinational corporations.


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.