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

Make a difference in the literary lives of students by developing teaching and learning methods in literature, writing, and the language arts. You'll complete extensive school-based fieldwork and supervised student teaching in New York City schools. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible for New York State initial teaching certification for students in grades 7–12, with an option to pursue an extension for grades 5–6.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

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

Professional Licensure or Certification
Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
36
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadlines
Extended Deadline for International Students
Extended Deadline for Domestic Students

As part of your graduate studies, you'll take core methods courses that link theory to practice and focus on issues related to the teaching of English, such as the teaching of reading and writing, fostering language development, and the ways language can be used as a force for both liberation and oppression. The degree's core pedagogical courses are experience-based, encouraging you not only to read and analyze literary works, but also to consider how you would teach these works in engaging ways to help students develop a deeper understanding of literary themes.  
You will work closely with our nationally recognized faculty members to learn:

  • Teaching theories and approaches for middle and high school students
  • How to integrate content mastery with teaching materials in order to provoke inquiry-based learning
  • Classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's students

Our degree is founded on the principle that learning takes place not through memorization, but when individuals construct their own version of that knowledge in relation to their own beliefs, knowledge, and experiences. Your course work will focus on transactional processes between speaker and listener, writer and audience, teacher and student, school and community, and theory and practice.  
You'll gain valuable experience through two semesters of student teaching in New York City – one at the middle school level and one at the high school level – under the mentorship of cooperating teachers. 

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for students in grades 7–12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5–6. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue a number of employment opportunities, including:

  • Teacher of English at the middle school or high school level
  • Teacher trainer or curriculum specialist in middle and high schools, educational agencies, and community colleges
  • Educational consultant
  • Editor in academic or educational publishing

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

Questions 

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Sarah Beck, program director, at sarah.beck@nyu.edu.

Hamlet

Dual BA in English/MA in Teaching English (for NYU College of Arts and Sciences Students)

Earn two degrees in just five years and embark on a career as a teacher of English, curriculum specialist or evaluator, editor or publisher, and more with our dual degree.

NYU’s English Education program is form-fitted to the urban context in which many of its students wish to teach. If you want to work in an NYC school, know that NYU champions progressive notions of what constitutes English education with respect to the current urban youth population, provides indispensable insights and resources for your approach to teaching these students, and places you in field settings that familiarize you with the challenges and joys of working in urban environments.

Adam Virzi ’16, MA in Teaching English, Grades 7–12 Alum