English Education

Master's Degrees in English Education

We offer the following graduate degree options:

New: MAT in Secondary Education, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification (Teacher Residency Program) 

Earn your master of arts in teaching in just over one year through an immersive full-time teacher residency paired with online course work. This 30-credit embedded teacher residency program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification in teaching English to students in grades 7-12. Learn more about this degree

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. Learn more about this degree.

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. Learn more about this degree.

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. Learn more about this degree.

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. Learn more about this degree.

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

This dual-certification program gives you the skills to teach literature through theatre techniques. Learn more about this degree.

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

We are no longer admitting students to this program. Please see our new Teacher Residency program, an MAT in Secondary Education that leads to eligibility for initial certification in teaching English to students in grades 7-12. 

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. Learn more about this teacher residency program.

About our graduate programs

Widely recognized as one of the finest in the country, our program is founded on the uncommon belief that content, theory, and method are inseparable. Coursework focuses on transactional processes between speaker and listener, writer and audience, reader/viewer and work, teacher and student, school and community, and theory and practice.

The distinguishing characteristics of this program are our faculty's commitment to a transactional social constructionist view of learning that is embodied in the following principles:

  • Learning is most significant when one attends to one's own and others' needs, concerns, and enjoyment.
  • Individuals learn not by memorizing but by constructing their own version of that knowledge in relation to what they already know, believe, and have experienced.
  • Language learning and use proceed most naturally from whole to part, from known to unknown, and from experience to reflection.
  • Language learning has no ceiling.
  • Learning is acquired through using language in its various modes.

Financial aid opportunities

NYU Steinhardt offers generous scholarships for full-time study for the MA in Teaching English and the dual-certifiation MA in Educational Theatre and Teaching English. The Clinically Based English Education Teacher Residency program offers full-tuition scholarships for the advanced certificate and generous partial scholarships for the MA.

Career opportunities

Our graduates teach English in intermediate and secondary schools and in two- and four-year colleges; educate teachers and conduct research in schools and universities; teach writing and administer writing programs; and direct curriculum development and educational programs in schools, colleges, and universities. In non-school settings, program alumni work as editors and consultants in publishing and education and direct curriculum and training programs in the industry.