Graduate Application Guide

Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: Joint Degree: Steinhardt and GSAS - Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (7-12) and TESOL (All Grades) (FLTS/SLT-MA)

In this dual-certification master of arts degree, you will spend two semesters in Madrid immersed in Spanish language and culture, working closely with Spanish experts in the field of foreign language acquisition, and two semesters in New York City, learning pedagogical theories and student teaching at two different schools. The program is offered jointly by Steinhardt’s Foreign Language Education Program and NYU Madrid, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Graduate School of Arts and Science.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for grades 7-12, in both TESOL and teaching Spanish as a foreign language. During your course of study, you must complete one semester of fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching at NYU-affiliated New York City schools. 

Academic Plan Code: FLTS

Academic Sub-Plan Code: SLT

Degree: MA

Credits: 50

Academic Load: Full-time only. 

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Fall: February 1

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

You must have completed the following content core requirements for your intended teaching certification area, as regulated by the New York State Education Department, prior to enrollment:

  • Major in the target language or 30 semester hours of coursework in target languages
  • Liberal arts major or 30 semester hours in a liberal arts concentration
  • 3 semester hours of mathematics (includes statistics)
  • 3 semester hours of natural or physical sciences
  • 3 semester hours of social studies

See more on content core requirements.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Required. See testing requirements

Proficiency in English

Writing Sample

Please submit a writing sample in Spanish, not to exceed 25 pages.


2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

On the online application, select:

  • Admit Term: Fall
  • Academic Program: Steinhardt - Joint Degree Programs - GSAS
  • Academic Plan:  FLTS

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.