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NYU Steinhardt's Department of Teaching and Learning and the NYU College of Arts and Science (CAS) offer several accelerated dual-degree programs for CAS undergraduates majoring in select disciplines that allow you to earn a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in teacher education in only five years. Graduates are eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher for grades 7-12.

Academic Plan Code:
Teaching English: ENGD-MA 

Degrees: BA and MA

Credits:  MA only = 30 Credits

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A
Summer: February 1
Fall: February 1

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5427

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to this dual-degree program, you must:

  • Be a current, matriculated undergraduate in NYU College of Arts and Science,
  • Have declared an approved CAS major (English, History, Mathematics, or Science)
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed a minimum of three semesters in CAS (transfer students must have completed a minimum of one semester)
  • Have a minimum of two semesters remaining prior to graduation (one Fall and one Spring). Students may not submit a pre-application to the Teacher Education track during their final two semesters.

NYU Steinhardt’s admission process seeks to identify individuals who have the potential to do advanced graduate-level work, a demonstrated potential for teaching, and an interest in urban education through relevant coursework in their subject area and extracurricular volunteer or work experience with children or youth, such as tutoring independently or through a sponsored program like America Reads/Counts, being a camp counselor, or working in an after-school program.

Unfortunately, we cannot perform a transcript review prior to you applying to our program. Transcripts will be reviewed in detail, as part of the application process, by the Admissions Committee.

See more information on applying to the BA/MA Teacher Education dual-degree programs.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

The application process for this dual degree consists of two parts: 

First, submit an online pre-application form after you complete three semesters of study in CAS (one semester for transfer students). See the form for Fall and Spring priority submission deadlines. 

For formal admission to Steinhardt, you must also submit the Steinhardt graduate application prior to graduating from CAS. Admission to any of the BA/MA Teacher Education tracks does not guarantee admission to Steinhardt.

Your graduate application to NYU Steinhardt. will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


New York State requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.

Applicants to this program must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline.

As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT

Proficiency in English

2. Apply


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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.