Foreign Language Education

Teaching French as a Foreign Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Dual Master's

Study in Paris and New York

This unique, trans-Atlantic master of arts program leads to eligibility for dual initial certification as a teacher of French for grades 7-12 and a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) for grades K-12. Spend two semesters in Paris immersed in French language and culture, working closely with French experts in the field of foreign language acquisition, and two semesters in New York City learning pedagogical theories and student teaching at two different schools. You’ll get the experience you need to launch your career.

The program is offered jointly by NYU Steinhardt’s Foreign Language Education program and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science’s Department of French and their NYU Paris program.

All students enrolled in this master's program receive a 30% tuition reduction. You may also be eligible for a federal TEACH grant, which provides $4,000 a year for those willing to teach in low-income areas. Merit-based scholarships are available as well. 

What you'll learn
  • Second language acquisition and research, the contemporary theory and practice of teaching foreign languages, and inquiries in teaching and learning
  • French grammar, phonetics, and linguistics
  • Intercultural perspectives and communicative teaching methods
  • Language assessment and second language acquisition research
  • Adolescent development and teaching students with special needs 

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

See a sample sequence of courses and read course descriptions.

Your first year in Paris

Spend your first year in the program studying full time in the Latin Quarter, a historic neighborhood in the heart of Paris. Refine your language skills, study language acquisition with French specialists, and observe an array of French as a foreign language classes at NYU Paris. You’ll also take classes at NYU Paris, and participate in weekly workshops and guest lectures.

  • French immersion
    During the two semesters you'll spend in Paris, you will immerse yourself in French language and culture and work closely with French specialists 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 Institute of General and Applied Linguistics and Phonetics (Institut de linguistique et de phonétique générales et appliquées) through NYU Paris.
  • Pedagogical learning
    You'll be mentored and guided through a critical reflection of teaching and learning by faculty at NYU Paris and French universities, who are specialists in foreign language acquisition and authors of language textbooks. Their 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
    You will observe French as a foreign language classes taught at NYU Paris, completing 50 hours of fieldwork, and interact closely with teachers and students.
Your second year in New York City

You will spend your second year in the program as a full-time student at NYU’s founding campus in New York City, studying the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages and methods of communicative teaching. You also have an option to take an additional summer course to extend your certification to include teaching foreign languages at the K-6 level.

  • 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.
  • Student teaching in New York City schools
    You'll complete two semesters of student teaching at New York City schools – teaching French in a middle or high school and TESOL in an elementary school. Cooperating teachers and NYU faculty will offer guidance to help you refine your teaching techniques. As the year progresses, you’ll assume increasing responsibility for your own classroom.
Admissions requirements
  • In order to apply for admission to this program, you 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 program, you must have completed at least 24 college credits in French prior to admission and 9 credits in math, science, and social studies. If you do not meet this credit requirement, you may take the CLEP exam to earn an equivalency of 12 college credits, NYU SCPS's 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 (for more information, see NYSED ACTFL Information).
  • As part of your application, you should submit  three letters of recommendation and an academic writing sample in French that may not exceed 25 pages.
  • The GRE is required. See how to submit a score for the GRE.

For application deadlines, a full list of requirements, and detailed information how to apply, see the Graduate Admissions Application Guide for this program. 

Prepare for a career as a
  • French and English language teacher in public, charter, and independent schools or community organizations
  • Curriculum developer, specialist, or evaluator
  • Researcher, teacher educator, trainer, or program coordinator in governmental and non-profit educational agencies and multinational corporations
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Lorena Llosa
Coordinator, Joint MA Programs
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
NYU Steinhardt
212-998-5485
lorena.llosa@nyu.edu

Henriette Goldwyn
nyuparis@nyu.edu
NY Director, NYU Paris
Professor of French 
Department of French
Graduate School of Arts and Science
212-998-7625

Benoit Bolduc
nyu-in-france@nyu.edu
Director, NYU Paris
Professor of French
57 Boulevard Saint Germain
75005 Paris
01-53-73-28-00