Bilingual Education

MA in Bilingual Education for Teachers

Gain Teaching Skills to Work with Bilingual Learners

This master of arts degree is appropriate for educators and educational personnel seeking additional credentials in order to work in bilingual and bicultural settings. You'll acquire second-language teaching and learning skills that will put you in demand as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, or administrator, working at the early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. 

You may choose to pursue this degree with or without an additional New York State bilingual extension. In order to apply for admission to this program, you should have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the liberal arts or sciences, and must demonstrate advanced proficiency in English and an additional language. To obtain the bilingual extension, you must be eligible for initial teaching certification in your primary area. 

What you'll learn
  • The theory and practice of bilingual multicultural education and teaching second languages
  • Methods of teaching language arts and literacy with a bilingual approach
  • Intercultural persepctives in multilingual education 

See the curriculum and degree requirements for this master's program. 

How you'll learn

Core Courses and Student Teaching
This MA program combines core foundation classes and content electives with fieldwork and student teaching. You’ll study bilingual multicultural education, the structure of American English, and intercultural and multicultural perspectives in education, and complete a culminating project. Elective courses focus on topics such as language assessment and evaluation, linguistic analysis, teaching second languages in a technological society, and second language acquisition research. 

Student Teaching in New York City Schools
You’ll complete two semesters of supervised student teaching in bilingual education, one in grades K-6, the other in grades 7-12, at New York City schools. Cooperating teachers and NYU faculty will offer feedback and guidance as you develop your teaching style and techniques.

Optional Bilingual Extension
If you hold or are eligible for initial teaching certification, you'll have the option of pursuing a 15-credit bilingual extension program that leads to eligibility for the New York State Bilingual Extension. The extension program includes courses in linguistics, culture, bilingual and second language pedagogy, and language through content. See the curriculum for the extension program

Study Abroad Opportunities
You'll have unique opportunities to study the interrelationship among language, culture, and learning from an intercultural perspective in the Dominican Republic and China and Hong Kong, or take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, or administrator in schools, community organizations, international agencies, publishing companies, and multinational corporations
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Shondel Nero
Program Director, Multilingual Multicultural Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning