English Education

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

Expand on your knowledge of language and literature and develop an English curriculum to meet the needs of your middle and high school students. You will learn new teaching skills, theories, and strategies,tailoring your program of study to meet your professional interests. This MA program is for educators who have already met the requirements for initial certification in Teaching English, grades 7-12.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State professional teaching certification for students in grades 7-12. Initial certification and non-certification options are also available.

What you'll learn

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

  • How to link language development and literacy acquisition to English teaching and curricula
  • Approaches for teaching English to secondary and high school students
  • Strategies for adapting English instruction to meet the special needs of students

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

How you'll learn

English and Pedagogy
As a student in this program, you will study language and literacy acquisition in the context of the English curriculum. You'll complete content courses linked to English pedagogy, gaining knowledge you can apply in the classroom. 

Content Specialization
You'll have the opportunity to tailor your program of study based on your interests and previous coursework, taking classes both within the program and in other departments at NYU Steinhardt and NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Practical Teaching Strategies
Courses that offer theories and teaching strategies include Literature and the Adolescent Experience, Language Development and Reading Literature, and Pluralistic Approaches to Cultural Literacy.

Prepare for a career as a
  • English teacher, teacher trainer, or curriculum specialist in middle and high schools, educational agencies, and community colleges
For more information about this MA program, please contact

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