Teaching French as a Foreign Language and TESOL, Joint MA
Paris and New York
This unique, transatlantic, and highly innovative 50-credit Master of Arts program combines one year in Paris and one year in New York City.
The program leads to dual certification as a teacher of French for grades 7-12 and as a teacher of English as a Second Language.
Teaching and Learning at NYU Paris
- French Immersion
The two semesters spent in Paris allow students to immerse themselves in French language and culture as a means to improving and refining their language skills and socio-cultural expertise. Students work closely with French pedagogues in the field of foreign language acquisition, drawing on the expertise of the Department of Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Département de didactique du français langue étrangère) of the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, as well as the Institut de linguistique et de phonétique générales et appliquées (Institute of General & Applied Linguistics & Phonetics) through NYU Paris.
- Pedagogical learning
Specialists in the field of foreign language acquisition and authors of language textbooks are among the faculty from NYU Paris and from French universities who mentor students closely and guide them through a critical reflection of teaching and learning. Areas of academic inquiry include foreign language instruction, grammar, phonetics, socio- and psycho-linguistics, contemporary French civilization, French literature, the history of ideas, teaching pedagogy, and the teaching of French as a foreign language in France.
- Field experiences
During their two semesters in Paris, degree candidates observe French language classes at various levels (50 hours) and interact closely with teachers and students.
Teaching and Learning in New York
Course work in New York City takes place at NYU’s Washington Square campus, located in the heart of Greenwich Village.
- Pedagogical learning
Core courses cover general pedagogical issues as well as knowledge critical to foreign language teaching and learning and teaching English as a second language. These include: inquiries in teaching and learning, adolescent development, teaching students with special needs, and content-based pedagogical courses including intercultural perspectives, methods and techniques of communicative teaching, language through content, language assessment, and second language acquisition and research.
- Field experiences
Students complete their required two semesters of field experiences at NYC public schools, with one semester in a middle school (student teaching in French) and a second semester in a high school (student teaching in TESOL).
Students also have an option to take an additional course to extend their certification to include teaching foreign languages at the K-6 level.
Students must enroll for full-time study (at least 12 points) for the two semesters at NYU Paris. Students are also expected to complete their remaining course work at the Washington Square campus on a full-time basis.
Special Admissions Requirements
- Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with a minor or major in French language or literature or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
- To be recommended for teacher certification upon completion of this M.A. program, applicants must have completed at least 24 college credits in French prior to admission and 9 credits in math, science, and social studies.
- Applicants who are deficient in credits or who do not meet this credit requirement should take the CLEP exam to earn an equivalency of 12 college credits or take NYU SCPS' language proficiency test to earn an equivalency of up to 16 college credits or the ACTFL Language Assessment (OPI and WPT) to earn up to 30 credits (also see NYSED ACTFL Information)
- In addition to meeting standard Steinhardt application requirements and deadlines, applicants for this M.A. program must:
- submit GRE scores
- three letters of recommendation, and
- an academic writing sample in French that may not exceed 25 pages.
To learn more about the application requirements for the Joint Master of Arts Program please visit:
Interested candidates apply through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Fall admission only.
The in-office deadline for all materials is February 1.
Special Financial Aid
All students enrolled in this program receive a 30% tuition reduction.
Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. should complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive consideration for student loans.
Students may also be eligible for a federal TEACH grant, which provides $4,000 a year for those willing to teach in low-income areas.
Non-U.S. citizens should visit www.nyu.edu/financial.aid/international.php for additional financial aid information.
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