English Education

BS in Teaching English, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

This bachelor of science program integrates all aspects of English education – theories of language and literature, literature's content and meaning, and methods of teaching adolescents. You will acquire valuable experience through supervised student teaching placements in New York City middle and high schools. Develop, apply, and evaluate teaching materials and strategies as you learn how educators, students, schools, and communities interact with each other in the educational process. You'll deepen your understanding of language, composition, and literature while becoming skilled in reflective teaching.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification. This program also permits you to teach English in grades 5 and 6.

What you'll learn

Our nationally recognized faculty members are deeply committed to bringing out the creative voices of student teachers through writing and literature. You will work closely with them to learn: 

  • The relationship between the reader, the literary work, and the writer
  • How to integrate reading and writing and English and history in the classroom
  • Approaches, theories, and practical strategies for teaching middle and high school students
  • English and literature core content, specialized pedagogical core, and liberal arts core curriculum

See the curriculum and requirements for this bachelor's degree. 

How you'll learn

A Broad Liberal Arts Curriculum
The BS in Teaching English combines a broad liberal arts education with specialized coursework in literature, composition, teaching English, and pedagogy. You'll take a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, developing an interdisciplinary approach to English education. 

Pursue a Special Interest
Our program encourages small-group collaboration in learning. You'll have the option to pursue projects and other learning experiences relevant to your coursework, and will have frequent opportunities to develop your creative potential through writing poetry, short stories, and plays in your courses. There are also numerous campus literary publications that welcome your participation. 

Fieldwork and Student Teaching Placements
You will complete two semesters of classroom observation in New York City public schools in your junior year, and two semesters of student teaching in your senior year, honing your own teaching techniques and instructional plans under the close supervision of an experienced teacher and a member of our faculty. 

Financial Support for Master's Study
If you’re interested in graduate study, we offer generous Scholarships for Advanced Study to graduating seniors who want to continue on for a master's degree in NYU Steinhardt's Department of Teaching and Learning.

Prepare for a career in
  • Secondary school English education, grades 7-12
  • Editing and publishing
  • Journalism
  • Corporate communications and technical writing

Recent graduates have obtained positions at New York City schools including Quest to Learn, Essex Street Academy, and Salk School of Science; in children's television at CBS; and as editor at a publishing house. Many graduates also pursue master's or doctoral degrees in English Education or a related field.

Dual degree option: BA in English/MA in Teaching English, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

We also offer a dual degree so you can earn an English BA from NYU’s College of Arts and Science and an MA in Teaching English from NYU Steinhardt in only five years. Learn more about the dual degree option.

For more details about the prerequisites and requirements, and for program recruitment events, please email the Undergraduate Advising Team at teachlearn.advise@nyu.edu
Program Leader

Sarah Beck
Program Director
East Building, Room 520
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003