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Master of Arts
World Language Education
College and Adults, Non-Certification

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Learn the skills and strategies you need to teach Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish to college-aged and adult learners. You’ll learn pedagogical theories and methods, study applied linguistics, and complete a practicum internship teaching a world language to adult learners.

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Master of Arts in World Language Education, College and Adults, Non-Certification

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As you build your foundation toward a career teaching Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish to adults, you’ll learn:

  • Teaching methods that provoke critical thought and inquiry-based learning
  • An understanding of urban educational environments and the social, cultural, and economic factors that influence learning
  • How to develop and implement innovative classroom strategies and curricula

Core Courses and Fieldwork

You'll begin your graduate program with course work in the theory and practice of teaching second languages and linguistic analysis, deepen your study of your target world language, and complete a culminating project. You'll also apply hands-on learning through observation opportunities in New York City schools. 

A Community of Scholars

As a graduate student in our program, you’ll be welcomed into a community that encourages you to explore new ideas. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field, and are always available to students both through the courses they teach and individual advisement.

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.

While this program does not lead to eligibility for teaching certification, you will graduate well prepared to take on a variety of career paths, including:

  • Teacher in colleges, universities, community organizations, and immigrant resettlement agencies
  • Curriculum developer, specialist, or evaluator
  • Researcher, teacher educator, trainer, or program coordinator in governmental and nonprofit educational agencies and multinational corporations

An initial certification option is also available. 


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

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