Foreign Language Education

BS in Foreign Language Education, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

Build your skills with intensive language study and hands-on teaching experience

Technology is bringing the world closer together, and foreign language teachers are in high demand. This bachelor of science program trains you to teach Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish* in the US or abroad. You’ll start off with intensive language study, take liberal arts and pedagogy courses, then student teach in the New York City school system, where more than 200 languages are spoken. By your junior year, you’ll be in charge of lesson plans and classroom dynamics.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in teaching Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish for Grades 7-12. This program also permits you to teach Grades 5 and 6.

* Please note that we are not accepting applications for Teaching German, Hebrew, Latin, or Russian, Grades 7-12, while these programs are under faculty review.

What you'll learn

Our faculty members are experts in areas like foreign language instruction in urban educational settings, intercultural communication and linguistics, and second language assessment. You will work closely with them to:

  • Gain a broad education in language development and approaches to language acquisition
  • Develop a deep understanding of speakers’ cultures and acquire critical cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Build skills in teaching techniques and methods; testing for language proficiency; and creating curricula, materials, and audiovisual aids

See the curriculum and degree requirements for this undergraduate program. 

How you'll learn

A Broad Liberal Arts Education
The BS in Foreign Language Education combines a broad liberal arts education with specialized coursework in language and pedagogy. You will take core courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Hands-On Teaching Experience
You will complete two semesters of classroom observation and student teaching in your junior and senior years, testing your own teaching techniques and instructional plans under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. Student-teaching placements often lead to full-time employment upon graduation.

University-Wide Resources
Take language classes in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, and pedagogy classes at NYU Steinhardt, interacting with different groups of students. You will have access to University resources like Deutsches Haus, La Maison Francaise, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Hagop Kevorkian Center, where you can access reference materials and attend academic and cultural events.

Student Research Opportunities
Qualified seniors can participate in a special year-long seminar, Honors Research in Teaching and Learning, where you’ll be guided through the process of selecting a topic of inquiry, developing research questions, choosing appropriate methodologies, building outlines, and preparing drafts. You will meet regularly with your seminar classmates and faculty supervisor as you complete your research project.

Financial Support for Graduate 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 Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt.

Prepare for a career in
  • Secondary school foreign language education
  • Interpreting and translating
  • Domestic or international business
  • Government work
  • Public, private, and community organizations involved in bilingual and multicultural activities
  • Publishing
  • The travel industry

You’ll have the opportunity to meet education professionals and potential employers each year at the Foreign Language Conference, sponsored by NYU and the New York City Department of Education. The Department of Education also recruits prospective teachers on campus. 

For more information about this BS program, please contact

Shondel Nero
Program Director