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Master of Arts
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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Students admitted to the MA TESOL program following a rigorous review process by the Admissions Committee will receive a special merit-based scholarship established by NYU Steinhardt and NYU Shanghai that offsets up to one third of the total program tuition.

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A tribute video to NYU Shanghai and NYU Steinhardt's graduating Class of 2020

16 students in our inaugural cohort received a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on May 31, 2020.


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Throughout your program, you will:

  • Prepare to meet the national need for educators with master’s degrees while advancing your teaching skills 
  • Immerse yourself in an English language environment with like-minded professionals and 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, and to work with students from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  • Expand your repertoire of English teaching methodology to develop effective curricula for teaching students in kindergarten through high school
  • Integrate current language acquisition theories and best practices in teaching a second language across a variety of contexts: bilingual and dual language, public and international schools, language training centers, online and in person
  • Gain deeper knowledge of second and foreign language research and learn to conduct your own classroom research to continuously improve your teaching
  • 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 on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring terms, and at varying times during the summer immersion
  • Three online courses using NYU Brightspace, our specially designed online learning platform for synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Two on-site, in-person courses in New York City, taught over one month in a summer immersion that explores the cultural landscape of the city and lets you observe in selected schools


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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.

The ideal candidate for our program will:

  • Be comfortable taking immersive courses taught entirely in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in English, linguistics, education, 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
  • Have one year teaching or related work experience

Our curriculum model and schedule are designed to accommodate a working professional's full-time job, so our degree will meet your needs whether you’re currently teaching in a classroom or online, working as a school administrator or teacher trainer, or you’re looking to return to the field with new aptitudes.

Our students come from a diversity of backgrounds. The first four classes (2020–2023) have included students representing China, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. Within China, students have hailed from cities including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Hefei, Wenzhou, Hebei, Wuhan, Taizhou, Fujian, and Shenzhen. Students have come from many different undergraduate and graduate institutions and have had prior experience of less than a year to 25 years of teaching in person and online. Finally, our students' careers span public schools, private schools, international schools, educational startups, tutoring companies, and other related institutions. They are in-service and aspiring teachers of English, Chinese, history, and other subjects.

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For questions about the MA TESOL at NYU Shanghai, please feel free to contact us at reach out via QQ Group 528556300. You can also call us at +86-21-20595818.

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