Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and TESOL, Joint M.A.
Madrid and New York
This unique, transatlantic, and highly innovative 50-credit Master of Arts program combines one year in Madrid and one year in New York City.
The program leads to dual certification as a teacher of Spanish for grades 7-12 and as a teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL) for grades K-12.
The program is offered jointly by Steinhardt’s Foreign Language Education Program and NYU Madrid, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Graduate School of Arts and Science.
Students receive high quality, academically rigorous training in content and pedagogical knowledge and immersion in Spanish culture so that they can become linguistically and culturally competent teachers of Spanish and ESL and effectively address the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students.
The program provides professional training in three areas:
- mastery of the Spanish language
- teaching Spanish as a foreign language
- teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
Graduates are prepared to become teachers in public, charter and independent schools or in other educational or community settings as a teacher of Spanish, a teacher of English to non-native speakers, or both.
Teaching and Learning at NYU Madrid
- Spanish Immersion
Year One (two semesters) at NYU Madrid in Spain allows students to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture as a means to improving and refining their language skills and socio-cultural expertise.
Students work closely with Spanish pedagogues in the field of foreign language acquisition, drawing on the expertise of US trained applied linguists, as well as distinguished faculty from the Department of Filology (Facultad de Filología) of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid through NYU Madrid.
- Pedagogical Learning
Specialists in the field of foreign language acquisition and authors of language textbooks are among the faculty from NYU Madrid and from Spanish 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 Spanish civilization, Spanish literature, the history of ideas, teaching pedagogy, and the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language in Spain.
Language study at NYU Madrid exposes M.A. students to Spanish in all its variations so that aspiring Spanish teachers can be familiar with different language uses and accents and prepared to work in classrooms with learners from different backgrounds and cultures.
The hallmark of the program in Madrid and of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures is its trans-Atlantic and inter-American focus. Faculty and curricula bridge traditional divides between Spain and Spanish America; between North and South America; and between Spanish America and Brazil, in order to rethink historical, literary and linguistic boundaries from new perspectives.
- Field Experiences
During their two semesters in Madrid, degree candidates spend 8 hours each week in a paid teaching assistantship as English teachers in Spanish charter schools, under the supervision of a full-time mentor.
Students participate in an orientation hosted by UCETAM, the association of charter schools which sponsors these assistantships, prior to beginning their teaching positions.
- Cultural Experiences
A young, ethnically diverse, and culturally vibrant city, Madrid is home to growing Latin American communities, a focal point where the Iberian and Latin American worlds meet. The program takes full advantage of the vast range of cultural activities and events in Madrid, which form an integral part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to explore and immerse themselves linguistically and culturally in Madrid life.
All students are provided with a membership to Madrid:Cultura y Arte, which provides significant discounts on a vast array of cultural activities, screenings, and exhibitions throughout the year. An integral part of the core curriculum and orientation program, visits and study trips give students the unique opportunity to investigate Spanish culture insitu.
Teaching and Learning in New York
Year Two (two semesters) takes place in New York City at NYU's Washington Square campus, where students take course work in language education and TESOL, and complete student teaching placements in New York City Schools.
- Pedagogical Learning
Core courses cover general pedagogical issues as well as knowledge critical to foreign language teaching and learning. 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 research.
Students also have an option to take an additional course to extend their certification to include teaching foreign languages at the K-6 level.
- Field Experiences
During their two semesters in New York City, students complete their required two semesters of field experiences at NYC public schools, with one semester in a middle school (student teaching Spanish) and a second semester in an elementary school (student teaching TESOL).
All students participate in:
- a week-long orientation in Madrid before the start of Year One Fall classes,
- a pre-NYC orientation in the Spring term while still in Madrid, and
- an orientation to New York City prior to the start of Year Two Fall classes.
Students must enroll for full-time study (at least 12 points) for the two semesters at NYU Madrid and are expected to study full time during the second year in Washington Square.
Special Admissions Requirements
- Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with a minor or major in Spanish 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 Spanish prior to admission, and must present at least one course each in math, science, and social studies.
Applicants who are deficient in Spanish language credits or who do not meet this credit requirement should take:
- Applicants must submit official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores.
- Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit official TOEFL scores. This requirement can be waived for applicants who completed a baccalaureate or master's degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English.
- Interested candidates apply through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In addition to meeting standard Steinhardt application requirements and deadlines, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and an academic writing sample in Spanish that may not exceed 25 pages.
The admissions process includes an interview by phone or Skype with the Teaching Spanish program coordinator in the GSAS Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures.
To learn more about the application requirements for the Joint Master of Arts program please visit:
Application Deadline: February 1
Special Financial Aid
All students enrolled in this program will receive a 30% tuition reduction. Special note: To continue the MA degree, students must complete the first year of course work (26 total credit points) in good standing (average grade of B or better). Please note that the 30% tuition reduction, applicable to both years of the MA program, is only available to students who complete 26 credit points in Year One.
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.
Students may apply for housing in Madrid through the NYU Madrid program. Homestays or apartment living are available.
When returning to New York City, students in need of housing may submit a waitlist application through the NYU Office of Residential Life or seek accommodations off campus through the NYU Office of Off-Campus Housing.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
Graduate School of Arts and Science
212 998 8770