English Education

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

Prepare for a career as an English educator in middle and secondary schools. This master of arts program will give you the skills to make a difference in the literary lives of students by developing teaching and learning methods in literature, writing, and the language arts. You'll complete extensive school-based fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching in New York City schools, one at the middle-school level and one at the high-school level. 

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for students in grades 7-12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5-6. Professional certification and non-certification options are also available.

What you'll learn

You will work closely with our nationally recognized faculty members to learn:

  • Teaching theories and approaches for middle and high school students
  • How to integrate content mastery with teaching materials in order to provoke inquiry-based learning
  • Classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's students

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

How you'll learn

An Inquiry-Based Model of Teaching
As part of your graduate studies, you'll take core methods courses that link theory to practice and focus on issues related to the teaching of English, such as the teaching of reading and writing, fostering language development, and the ways language can be used as a force both for liberation and oppression. The program's core pedagogical courses are experience-based, encouraging you not only to read and analyze literary works, but also to consider how you would teach these works in engaging ways to help students evelop a deeper understanding of literary themes.  

A Transactional Approach to Learning
Our program is founded on the principle that learning takes place not through memorization, but when individuals construct their own version of that knowledge in relation to their own beliefs, knowledge, and experiences. Your cooursework will focus on transactional processes between speaker and listener, writer and audience, teacher and student, school and community, and theory and practice.  

Fieldwork and Student Teaching Placements
You'll gain valuable experience through two semesters of student teaching at New York City middle and high schools, under the mentorship of cooperating teachers. 

Prepare for a career as a
  • Teacher of English at the middle school or high school level
  • Teacher trainer or curriculum specialist in middle and high schools, educational agencies, and community colleges
  • Educational consultant
  • Editor in academic or educational publishing
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 information about this MA program, please contact

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