Foreign Language Education

Job Outlook

As a foreign language educator, you have a wide range of career possibilities. Rising high school enrollments and increased interest in bilingual and multicultural education offer many job opportunities.

A sampling of jobs our recent graduates have obtained include: 

  • Teachers of foreign language (Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese), New York City public schools
  • Teachers of foreign language in New Jersey, Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island public schools
  • Teachers of Spanish and French, LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts
  • Teachers of French and Japanese, United Nations High School

You may also choose to use your preparation in foreign language education to find a position in publishing, the travel industry, government, international business, interpretation, and translation as well as with public, private, and community organizations involved in bilingual and multicultural activities.

The Foreign Language Conference, sponsored each year by NYU and the New York City Department of Education, provides you with an opportunity to meet foreign language professionals and possible employers from throughout the metropolitan area. The Department of Education also recruits prospective teachers on campus each year. The NYU Office of Career Services helps students develop resumé-writing and interviewing skills. Student teaching placements often lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

In addition to the course work, to qualify for provisional or initial certification in New York, you are required to take the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and, in most other states, you are required to take the National Teachers Examination after graduation.