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MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Shanghai and NYC

Gain in-demand teaching skills from a globally renowned American university and become an expert English teacher for children and adolescents. 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 an internationally respected degree from New York University, recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Non-Certification: Hybrid Option in Shanghai and New York City

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applications may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time if seats are still available

Throughout your program, you will:

  • Prepare to meet the national need for educators with master’s degrees while advancing your teaching skills in a variety of settings
  • 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

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 course work 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


  • Kentei Takaya, program director, TESOL Shanghai
  • Robin Harvey, program co-director, TESOL Shanghai
  • Sarah Creider
  • Carolyn Graham
  • Shondel Nero
  • Heather Woodley

Our MA 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, you should:

  • Have one year teaching experience or related work experience
  • 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 summer courses in year one at NYU Shanghai, and a summer immersion program in New York City in year two

Our curriculum model and schedule are designed to accommodate an educator’s full-time job, so our degree 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.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact us at or reach out via QQ Group 528556300.