Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

MA in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Non-Certification

Multilingual Education in the US and Abroad

This master of arts program gives you the knowledge and skills to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to adult learners in the US and abroad. You'll learn pedagogical strategies and build a strong foundation in language, literacy, and linguistics, preparing for an array of rewarding career options. This is a variable-credit program that requires 30-34 credits, depending on your prior coursework in the subject. 

This program does not lead to New York State teaching certification. An option for initial teaching certification is also available. 

Additionally, we offer a non-certification TESOL master's program in Shanghai and New York City, tailored for K–12 educators and recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

What you'll learn
  • Second language teaching approaches that can be adjusted to suit the needs of learners from diverse linguistic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Second language pedagogy, second language acquisition research, linguistics, English grammar, and intercultural or multicultural studies
  • How to develop and implement innovative classroom strategies and curricula
  • An appreciation for cultural diversity in global educational settings

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

How you'll learn

Core Courses
The MA in TESOL combines core foundation classes and content electives with classroom observation. You’ll study teaching methods, the second language classroom, foundations of linguistics, the structure of American English, intercultural perspectives in education, and complete your study with a culminating seminar. You'll also apply hands-on learning through observation opportunities at NYU's American Language Institute or other adult learning settings in New York City. 

Optional Practicum Experience
You'll have the option of doing a one-semester practicum at NYU's American Language Institute or at a local community college or other adult learning setting in New York City. This is a great opportunity to integrate theory and practice. 

A Community of Scholars
As a graduate student in our program, you’ll be welcomed into a strong, supportive learning community that takes an additive view of second language and culture acquisition, and believes that fluency in multiple languages is better than fluency in one. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field, and are always available to students both through the courses they teach as well as through individual advisement.

Study Abroad Opportunities
You’ll have unique opportunities to study the interrelationship among language, culture, and learning from an intercultural perspective in the Dominican Republic and China and Hong Kong, as well as take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Teacher of English to speakers of other languages in adult learning centers, community colleges, universities, community organizations, and immigrant resettlement agencies in the US
  • Teacher of English to speakers of other languages at various levels abroad 
  • 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

Shondel Nero
Program Director, Multilingual Multicultural Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning