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BA, English/MA, Teaching English, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Open to NYU College of Arts and Science students only, this dual degree allows you to complete your BA in English and MA in Teaching English in just five years, making you eligible for New York State teaching certification for grades 7–12. You will gain a broad education in liberal arts and English pedagogy, as well as complete student teaching placements for hands-on learning.


Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Teaching English, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Professional Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time
158 (128 for BA, 30 for MA)
Start Date
Summer or Fall
Application Deadline

You'll receive a well-rounded liberal arts education at the undergraduate level and a professional education at the graduate level, ensuring that you learn:

  • Teaching methods that foster critical thought and provoke inquiry-based learning
  • Classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching students in urban educational environments
  • Pedagogical and English core content knowledge, and current issues and trends in English education

Extensive Field Experience

You will complete 100 hours of school-based fieldwork prior to student teaching, enabling you to become familiar with urban educational environments and develop classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's students. You will complete a portion of the fieldwork during your junior or senior year.

Hands-On Teaching Experiences in New York City Public Schools

The pivotal field experience of the program consists of two semesters of student teaching, one at the middle and one at the high school level. As a student teacher, you will be mentored by the cooperating teacher and NYU field supervisors, and gain increasing responsibility for teaching in a New York City public school.

Upon graduation from this dual degree, you’ll be eligible for New York State initial teaching certification for grades 7–12 and be prepared for a variety of careers, including:

  • Teacher of English in middle schools, secondary schools, and colleges
  • English curriculum specialist, coordinator, or evaluator in schools and school districts
  • English teacher educator in colleges and universities
  • Editor or publisher in textbook and educational publishing

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Nathan Tovar, Senior Student Advisor at