English Education

MA in Teaching English and Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

This innovative, dual-certification master of arts program prepares you to teach English and Special Education for grades 7-12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5-6. Learn pedagogical theories and methods that address the needs of students with disabilities and other learning challenges; build a strong foundation in English, literacy, and the language arts; and acquire valuable classroom experience through student teaching in New York City schools. You’ll double your credentials and expand your career options.

Graduates are eligible for New York State initial teaching certification. 

What you'll learn
  • Literacy methods in the inclusive classroom
  • Teaching methods for English and the language arts
  • Teaching methods and approaches to individualizing instruction for students identified with disabilities or other learning challenges
  • Educational technology
  • Language and literacy acquisition and development
  • Understanding the psychological and education assessments of students with disabilities
  • How to design an effective curriculum in English for all types of learners
  • How to advocate for students' needs and educational rights
  • Effective classroom management for all students
  • How to work collaboratively with parents

See the curriculum and degree requirements for this program.

How you'll learn

This dual-certification MA combines content courses and core pedagogy classes with fieldwork and supervised student teaching. You will complete two semesters of student teaching at New York City schools, in special and inclusive settings for students with disabilities, as well as in middle and high school English language arts classrooms, putting theory and subject content knowledge into practice. You'll receive feedback from cooperating teachers and NYU faculty as you develop and refine your teaching techniques.

You'll be prepared to teach students in grades 7-12 and grades 5-6 without special needs, as well as those with a variety of other learning challenges, including:

  • Autism
  • Attention difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional and behavioral disabilities
Job outlook

There is a consistent shortage of special education teachers – particularly those with content-area expertise needed from high school teachers – throughout the east coast and across the US. In 2013-14, 49 states reported a shortage of special education teachers. Every week, we field requests from principals looking for highly-qualified secondary special education teachers with content area expertise, and our graduates are among the most competitive.

If you have any questions about prerequisites and requirements, please email teachlearn.gradadvise@nyu.edu
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Audrey A. Trainor

Sarah Beck