Teaching World Languages 7-12/TESOL (All Grades) (MA)

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Program Description

This master's program prepares aspiring teachers to teach a world language (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish) in grades 7-12, with an optional extension for grades K-6, and to teach English to speakers of other languages for grades K–12.

The dual-certification curriculum combines content courses and core pedagogy classes with fieldwork and supervised student teaching. Coursework focuses on innovative second and world language teaching approaches that can be adjusted to suit the needs of learners from diverse linguistic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds; second and world language pedagogy; second language acquisition research; applied linguistics in the target world language; English grammar; and intercultural or multicultural studies. Students complete two semesters of student teaching at New York City schools – at the elementary level in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the secondary level for the target world language – while simultaneously taking a student teaching seminar. 

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students may study 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

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in both the target world language for grades 7-12, with an optional extension for grades K-6, and TESOL, all grades. Graduates are prepared for a number of career choices, including world and/or second language teacher in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities, community organizations, and immigrant resettlement agencies; curriculum developer, specialist, or evaluator; and researcher, teacher educator, trainer, or program coordinator in governmental and non-profit educational agencies and multinational corporations.

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.