Foreign Language Education

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

This master of arts program will train you for a career in teaching Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish* at the secondary level in local or international settings. You'll study language acquisition and pedagogy, and gain valuable classroom experience through student teaching placements in New York City schools.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for grades 7-12. A non-certification program is also available. 

* 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
  • 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
  • Foreign language pedagogy, foreign language acquisition research, linguistics, and intercultural or multicultural studies

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

How you'll learn

Core Courses, Electives, and Fieldwork
The MA in Foreign Language Education combines core foundation classes and content electives with fieldwork and student teaching. You’ll study teaching methods, linguistics, your target foreign language, second language acquisition research, intercultural and multicultural perspectives in education, students with special needs, and adolescent learners in urban contexts, and complete a culminating project. You'll also participate in hands-on learning through observation opportunities in New York City schools. Elective courses focus on topics such as language assessment and evaluation, including one-credit workshops in teaching a foreign language. 

Flexible Program of Study
This degree may be completed in four academic semesters or on an accelerated, full-time basis in a little more than a calendar year. You may also choose to take additional coursework to extend your teaching certification to include grades K-6.

Student Teaching Placements
You’ll complete two semesters of student teaching your target foreign language at two different New York City schools and grade levels 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 as you develop your teaching style and techniques.

A Community of Scholars
As a graduate student in our program, you’ll be welcomed into a strong, supportive learning community that takes an additive view of 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 both through the courses they teach as well as through 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, or take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Foreign 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