Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Master’s Degree in TESOL in Shanghai and New York City

Gain in-demand English teaching skills from a globally renowned American university. Our master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), taught in Shanghai and New York City, prepares you to become an expert English teacher for children and adolescents. You’ll meet the national need for educators with master’s degrees while advancing your leadership skills in and out of the classroom.

This two-year program enables you to take your courses on the New York University Shanghai campus and online, and to complete a summer immersion in New York City. You’ll receive a top-ranked, internationally respected degree from New York University, recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

We also offer a non-certification TESOL master's degree in New York City, tailored for educators who work with adult learners in the US and around the world.

What You’ll Learn

Your coursework will help you:

  • Improve your proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English
  • Develop your skills in all three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational
  • Combine your teaching and English language skills to develop effective curricula for students in kindergarten through high school
  • Integrate current language acquisition theories and best practices in teaching a second language
  • Expand your repertoire of English teaching methodology, tailored for your local needs
  • Gain deeper knowledge of second and foreign language research and learn to conduct your own classroom research to continuously improve your teaching
  • Enhance your linguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge of English structures and varieties, and the complexity of English language usage globally
  • Learn to navigate multiple cultures by investigating the links that connect language, culture, and identity
  • Become familiar with American education practices through school visits during your time in New York City
How You’ll Learn

Our program is taught in English and grounded in cutting-edge pedagogical methods from the US. You’ll learn from American-trained NYU Steinhardt faculty who have expertise in second and foreign language acquisition research and methodology and specific experience working with Chinese students.

You’ll experience your coursework in three ways:

  • Five on-site, in-person courses in Shanghai, typically in the evenings and on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring terms, and at varying times during the Summer immersion
  • Three online courses using NYU Classes, our specially designed online learning platform for synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Two on-site, in-person courses in New York City, taught over six weeks in a summer immersion that explores the cultural landscape of the city and lets you observe in selected schools

Faculty:

Who Should Apply

Our MA program expands upon the foundational skills you’ve developed as a teacher in China, enhancing your knowledge and professional skills in language teaching methodology and research.

Before starting our degree program, you should:

  • Have at least one year of experience teaching English to K–12 populations in China
  • Be comfortable taking immersive courses taught entirely in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in English, linguistics, or a related field
  • Be available to attend a six-week summer immersion program in New York City

Our curriculum model and schedule are designed to accommodate an educator’s full-time job, so our program will meet your needs whether you’re currently teaching in a K–12 classroom or you’re looking to return to the field with new aptitudes.

Curriculum

Our 30-credit degree program focuses your coursework on five areas:

  • Foundations on current theory and practice in second language acquisition
  • Classroom practice using cutting-edge language teaching methods across age groups and proficiency levels
  • Specialized training in language assessment, technology-enhanced teaching, and current research
  • Comparative exploration of language teaching in China and the United States
  • Final classroom-based research project

Course of Study

Note: All courses listed below, including the summer immersion in New York City, are required.

 Term Location  Program Details 
 First Summer  On-site at NYU Shanghai  FLGED-GE.8069 – Teaching foreign languages: Theory and practice  (3 credits)
TESOL-GE.8205 – Structure of American English  (3 credits)
 First Fall  Hybrid: on-site at NYU Shanghai + online

TESOL-GE.8810 – Research & practice in academic English Writing for ELLs  (3 credits, online)

LANED-GE.8201 – The second language classroom: Elementary and secondary (4 credits, on-site)

 First Spring  Hybrid: on-site at NYU Shanghai + online  LANED-GE.8003 – Linguistic analysis (3 credits, online)
LANED-GE.8060 – Language evaluation and assessment (3 credits, on-site)
Second Summer   On-site at NYU New York  LANED-GE.8005 - Intercultural perspectives in multicultural education (3 credits)
FLGED-GE.8914 – Workshop in teaching foreign languages  (3 credits)
 Second Fall  On-site at NYU Shanghai  LANED-GE.8206 - Second language acquisition: Theory and research  (3 credits)
 Second Spring  Online  LANED-GE.8039 - Advanced Individual Project (2 credits, online)

 

Tuition and Cost

See the current NYU Steinhardt graduate program tuition and fees; please note that we anticipate a tuition increase of 4% for the 2018–2019 academic year.

We’re pleased to offer a 25% tuition scholarship to the first cohort of students, who are beginning their studies in Summer 2018.

Additional costs for the student include books and other study materials, visas, round trip airfare to New York, housing in New York, health insurance, food, and other incidental expenses.

How to Apply

Requirements:

  1. Completed Graduate Application Form
  2. TOEFL iBT (typically 100 and up) or IELTS (typically 7 and up); exceptions may be possible on an individual basis
  3. Transcript from undergraduate institution
  4. Essay or personal statement
  5. For classroom teachers: proof of employment and permission from your school’s principal
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. An interview is not required, but may be requested at the discretion of the admissions committee
Contact Us

For more information, please email us at tesolshanghai@nyu.edu or reach out via QQ Group 528556300.