Department of Teaching and Learning

English Education

NYU Steinhardt's programs in English Education prepare you to teach in classrooms where literacy flourishes, reading comes alive, and students investigate issues of personal and social significance.

You will work with our faculty to question and re-envision the English classroom as a space where language – both spoken and written – is a powerful tool for realizing the opportunities of our private lives and public democracy.

A Leader Among English Education Programs

In the 1940s, our program was led by Louise Rosenblatt, whose ideas about the transactional process that occurs when reading redefined the English teacher's task from delivering "correct readings" to creating a safe space for discussion, where students can explore a variety of meanings and their consequences. 

Lou LaBrant, another leader in our program, connected student processes of meaning-making with writing instruction: just as teachers must be open and supportive of student reading responses, written assignments must be meaningful, creative, and incorporate classroom discussion and feedback. Rosenblatt and LaBrant paved the way for English teachers to take student voices seriously. Today, our faculty carry on this teaching tradition, linking the world of the text to the world of the student. 

In a negotiated classroom, the English teacher is responsible for more than providing access to a standardized canon and some privileged view of "culture". Our graduates learn strategies to validate their students' experiences and encourage a wide range of cultural contacts and transactions, from adolescent literature to music lyrics. 

BS in Teaching English, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

This dual-certification bachelor of science program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education for grades 1-6.

BA in English/MA in Teaching English, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

Open only to NYU College of Arts and Science students, this accelerated dual-degree program allows you to complete a BA in English and an MA in Teaching English in only five years, combining a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level, and saving time and money. 

MA in Teaching English, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

This 36-credit master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for grades 7-12. 

MA in Teaching English, Grades 7-12, Professional Certification

This 30-credit master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State professional teaching certification for grades 7-12.

MA in Teachers of English Language and Literature in Colleges, Non-Certification

This 36-credit non-certification master of arts program prepares to you to for teaching positions at two-year colleges or for doctoral-level study.

Advanced Certificate and MA in Clinically Based English Education, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

Spend a full school year working as a tutor in a Newark, NJ middle school under the close mentorship of experienced educators while completing 18 credits of graduate coursework to earn an advanced certificate in Clinically Based English Education, leading to eligibility for initial teaching certification. Scholarships will cover your full tuition and fees if you agree to teach for three years in a Newark public or charter school. You can then choose to complete 12 additional credits for your master of arts degree, receiving an NYU Steinhardt scholarship that covers 45 percent of the MA tuition.

MA in Teaching English and Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

This dual-certification master of arts program prepares you to teach English and Special Education for grades 7-12.

MA in Educational Theatre, Grades K-12, and Teaching English, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

This dual-certification master of arts program gives you the skills to teach literature through theatre techniques. 

Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Teachers of English Language and Literature in Colleges, Non-Certification

4This 30-credit post-master's advanced certificate prepares certified teaching professionals to teach at two-year colleges or for doctoral-level study.

PhD in English Education

This doctoral program prepares you for a career as an academic researcher in English and literacy education or as an English teacher educator in higher education.

For more information about English Education at NYU Steinhardt, please contact

Sarah Beck
Program Director
East Building, Room 520
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003
212-998-5473
sarah.beck@nyu.edu