NYU Steinhardt and NYU Shanghai Welcome Inaugural Master’s Degree Cohort

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NYU Steinhardt and NYU Shanghai Welcome Inaugural Master’s Degree Cohort

Fifteen teachers will form the inaugural class of the new Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offered jointly by NYU Steinhardt and NYU Shanghai. The incoming cohort includes teachers who are currently in practice at public and private schools in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong, with over 80 years of combined teaching experience in the group. In addition to Chinese citizens, the group also includes citizens of the United States, Russia and Ireland.


Professor Robin Harvey, co-director of the program, was thrilled to meet the students in person at an admitted-student reception on March 24. "We've customized the pedagogy and approach especially for teachers working in China,” explained Harvey, “in contexts as diverse as elementary and high schools, international and local schools, as well as English learning centers and online TESOL programs."

The inaugural class will start their coursework in the Summer 2018 term. Courses are taught both in-person and in a highly interactive online-hybrid format at NYU Shanghai, and in an intensive summer program in New York City in summer 2019. This new degree option, which sits alongside the current MA program in TESOL in New York, allows in-service teachers to study part-time while continuing to work in Shanghai. They will graduate in Spring 2020 and will be eligible to attend NYU graduation ceremonies in Shanghai, New York, or both.

“Many teachers who are working in China want the kind of high-quality, globally recognized training that comes with an NYU Master’s degree,” said Erich Dietrich, AVP of NYU Global Programs and Associate Dean of Global Affairs at NYU Steinhardt, “but they don’t want to leave their jobs and families to relocate to the United States for two years. Now they have an exceptional degree option in Shanghai, while still gaining intensive study in New York.”