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Master of Arts
Bilingual Education for Teachers

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Engage in rigorous course work focused on bilingual and multicultural teaching and learning with diverse learners in local and global contexts. This degree is ideal for educators seeking additional credentials in order to work in bilingual and bicultural settings.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Bilingual Education for Teachers

Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time
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By combining core foundation classes and content electives with fieldwork and student teaching, you’ll explore:

  • The theory and practice of bilingual multicultural education and teaching second languages
  • Methods of teaching language arts and literacy with a bilingual approach
  • Intercultural perspectives in multilingual education 

You’ll study bilingual multicultural education, the structure of American English, and intercultural and multicultural perspectives in education, and complete a culminating project. Elective courses focus on topics such as language assessment and evaluation, linguistic analysis, teaching second languages in a technological society, and second language acquisition research. You’ll obtain stronger knowledge in both the content and the culture of your world language (whether Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, or Mandarin Chinese).

Student Teaching in New York City Schools

You’ll complete one semester of supervised student teaching in bilingual education, at New York City schools. Cooperating teachers and our faculty will offer feedback and guidance as you develop your teaching style and techniques.

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 United Kingdom, or take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

Whether you choose to pursue this degree with or without the additional New York State bilingual extension, you will graduate prepared for roles as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, or administrator in schools, community organizations, international agencies, publishing companies, and multinational corporations.

Visit our pages on teacher certification and accreditation for more information on your qualifications as a graduate of this degree.

If you hold or are eligible for New York State initial teaching certification, you'll have the option of pursuing a 15-credit bilingual extension program that leads to eligibility for the New York State Bilingual Extension. The extension program includes courses in linguistics, culture, bilingual and second language pedagogy, and language through content. See the curriculum for the extension program. 


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact the Program Director at

Alumni Experiences

Sarah Przedborski ’18, MA in Bilingual Education Alum
"Enrolling in this program gave me the theoretical training necessary to effectively teach bilingual students, but also offered me in-depth practical skills, strategies, lessons, and resources that I could directly apply to my classroom. With the guidance of my professors and advisors, and the intellectual and creative support of my classmates, NYU pushed me to think critically about my preexisting teaching theories and practices and exposed me to new and exciting ways to interact with students in bilingual education settings."

Jocelyn Lividini, MA in Bilingual Education Alum
“As a native English speaker who learned to speak Spanish when I was young, joining the Bilingual Ed grad program at NYU is still the best decision I've made. The program includes classes that really help develop a well-rounded understanding of language and culture in the main areas of teaching language, understanding linguistics, and grasping what a multicultural education really is. Having already had experiences teaching both languages, my favorite part of the program was the immersion and integration of multicultural lenses in our teaching.”

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