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

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Program Description

Not Leading to New York State Teacher Certification

Students wishing to teach at the college level or abroad may earn an MA degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) without achieving New York State teacher certification. The curriculum includes foundations in linguistics, structure of American English, methods, culture, second language research, and field experiences. Students develop and implement innovative classroom strategies and curricula and develop an appreciation for cultural diversity in global educational settings.

The program also offers a hybrid study option in Shanghai and New York City.

Career Opportunities

This non-certification program prepares you for a variety of career roles, including teacher of English to speakers of other languages in adult learning centers, community colleges, universities, community organizations, and immigrant resettlement agencies in the US; teacher of English to speakers of other languages at various levels abroad; curriculum developer, specialist, or evaluator; researcher, teacher educator, trainer, or program coordinator in governmental 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.