Foreign Language Education

MA in Foreign Language Education, College and Adults, Non-Certification

Build the foundation for your teaching career

Acquire the skills and strategies you need to teach Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish* to college-aged and adult learners. In this master of arts program, you’ll learn pedagogical theories and methods, study applied linguistics, and complete a practicum internship teaching a foreign language to adult learners at NYU or in a New York City community setting. 

This is a variable-credit program that requires 30-34 credits, depending on your prior coursework. This program does not lead to state teaching certification. An option for initial teaching certification 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
  • Teaching methods that provoke critical thought and inquiry-based learning
  • An understanding of urban educational environments and the social, cultural, and economic factors that influence learning
  • How to develop and implement innovative classroom strategies and curricula

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

How you'll learn

Core Courses and Fieldwork
You'll begin your graduate program with coursework in the theory and practice of teaching second languages and linguistic analysis, deepen your study of your target foreign language, and complete a culminating project. You'll also apply hands-on learning through observation opportunities in New York City schools. 

A Community of Scholars
As a graduate student in our program, you’ll be welcomed into a community that encourages you to explore new ideas. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field, and are always available to students both through the courses they teach and individual advisement.

Study Abroad Opportunities
You’ll have 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
  • Teacher in 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

Find out more about what you can do with this degree

For more information about this MA program, please contact

Shondel Nero
Program Director