Foreign Language Education

MA in Foreign Language Education, Grades 7-12 and TESOL, Grades K-12, Initial Certification

This dual-certification master of arts program prepares you to teach Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish* for grades 7-12, and English to speakers of other languages for grades K-12. Learn teaching strategies; build strong foundations in language, literacy, culture, and applied linguistics; and gain important classroom experience by student teaching in New York City schools. You'll broaden your teaching credentials and your career options. 

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in both your target foreign language and TESOL.

* 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
  • Second and foreign language teaching approaches that can be adjusted to suit the needs of learners from diverse linguistic, educational, and ethnic backgrounds
  • An understanding of urban educational environments and the social, cultural, and economic factors that influence learning
  • Second and foreign language pedagogy, second language acquisition research, applied linguistics in your target foreign language, English grammar, and intercultural or multicultural studies
  • How to develop and implement innovative classroom strategies and curricula
  • An appreciation of cultural diversity in global education settings

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

How you'll learn

Core Courses and Flexible Study
This dual-certification MA combines core foundation classes and content electives with fieldwork and student teaching. You’ll study teaching methods, the second and foreign language classroom, applied linguistics in your target foreign language, structure of American English, intercultural or multicultural perspectives in education, teaching students with special needs, adolescent learners in urban contexts, and complete a culminating project. You can also take additional coursework to extend your foreign language teaching certification to include grades K-6.

Student Teaching in New York City Schools
You'll complete two semesters of student teaching at New York City schools – at the elementary level in TESOL, and the secondary level for your foreign language – while simultaneously taking a student teaching seminar. This is a great opportunity to integrate theory, practice, and subject content. Cooperating teachers and NYU faculty will offer feedback and guidance so you can develop and refine your teaching techniques.

A Community of Scholars
As a graduate student in our program, you’ll be welcomed into a supportive learning community that takes an additive view of second and foreign language and culture acquisition, and believes that fluency in multiple languages is better than fluency in one. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field, and are always available to students through the courses they teach and individual advisement.

Study Abroad Opportunities
You'll have unique opportunities to study the interrelationship among language, culture, and learning from an intercultural perspective in the Dominican Republic and China and Hong Kong, as well as take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Foreign and/or second language teacher in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities, community organizations, and immigrant resettlement agencies
  • Curriculum developer, specialist, or evaluator
  • Researcher, teacher educator, trainer, or program coordinator in governmental and non-profit educational agencies and multinational corporations 
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Shondel Nero
Program Director, Multilingual Multicultural Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning