Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Joint Master's

Foreign Language Education

Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Joint Master's

Gain a dual-certification, dual-continent degree

Become a teacher of Spanish for grades 7-12 and a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) for grades K-12 in this master of arts program. Spend two semesters in Madrid immersed in Spanish language and culture, working closely with Spanish experts in the field of foreign language acquisition, and two semesters in New York City, learning pedagogical theories and student teaching at two different schools. You’ll procure practical teaching experience to advance your career and gain eligibility for initial teaching certification in New York State. 

The program is offered jointly by NYU Steinhardt’s Foreign Language Education program and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures and their NYU Madrid program.

All students enrolled in this master's program receive a 30% tuition reduction. You may also be eligible for a federal TEACH grant for students willing to teach in low-income areas. 

Prepare for a career as a
  • Spanish and English language teacher in public, charter, and independent schools or community organizations
  • Curriculum developer, specialist, or evaluator
  • Researcher, teacher educator, trainer, or program coordinator in governmental and non-profit educational agencies and multinational corporations
What you'll learn
  • Second language acquisition and research, the contemporary theory and practice of teaching foreign languages, and inquiries in teaching and learning
  • Spanish grammar, phonetics, and linguistics
  • Intercultural perspectives and communicative teaching methods
  • Language assessment and second language acquisition research
  • Adolescent development and teaching students with special needs
  • How to effectively address the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students

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

Teaching and learning in Madrid

Spend your first year in the program as a full-time student in this culturally vibrant city. Intensive study at NYU Madrid will expose you to Spanish in all its variations, uses, and accents. You’ll study with faculty from NYU Madrid and other local institutions. There may be opportunities to spend eight hours each week as a paid English teacher assistant in a Spanish bilingual school. 

Pedagogical learning
You’ll be mentored and guided through a critical reflection on teaching and learning by outstanding local faculty whose areas of academic inquiry include foreign language instruction, grammar, phonetics, sociolinguistics, and contemporary Spanish culture.

Immersion Experience
During your two semesters studying in Spain's capital city you'll enjoy study trips to different parts of Spain, visits to local resources in Madrid, and talks by a range of visiting speakers. You'll also have an option of homestay with a local family.

Teaching and learning in New York

You will spend your second year in the program as a full-time student at NYU’s founding campus in New York City, taking coursework in language education and TESOL and student teaching in New York City schools. You also have an option to take an additional summer course to extend your certification to include teaching foreign languages at the K-6 level.

Pedagogical learning
Core courses cover general pedagogical issues as well as knowledge critical to language teaching and learning. These include: inquiries in teaching and learning, adolescent development, teaching students with special needs, and content-based pedagogical courses including intercultural perspectives, methods and techniques of language teaching, language assessment, teaching language through content, and second-language acquisition research.

Student teaching in New York City schools
You’ll complete two semesters of student teaching at New York City schools – teaching Spanish in a middle or high school and TESOL in an elementary school. Cooperating teachers and NYU faculty will help you refine your own teaching, and as the year progresses, you will assume increasing responsibility for your classroom. 

Admissions requirements
  • In order to apply for admission to this program, you must hold a baccalaureate degree with a minor or major in Spanish language or literature or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
  • To be recommended for teacher certification upon completion of this program, you must have completed 30 college credits in Spanish. If you do not meet this credit requirement, you may take the CLEP exam to earn an equivalency of 12 college credits, NYU SCPS's language proficiency test to earn an equivalency of up to 16 college credits, or the ACTFL Language Assessment (OPI and WPT) to earn up to 30 credits (for more information, see NYSED ACTFL Information). If you do not have completed 30 credits in Spanish you are still eligible for admissions as long as you can demonstrate that your level of Spanish proficiency is sufficiently high to complete graduate level coursework (oral and written) in Spanish. 
  • To be recommended for teacher certification upon completion of the program, you must also have taken at least one course each in math, science, and social studies.
  • As part of your application, you should submit three letters of recommendation and an academic writing sample in Spanish that may not exceed 25 pages.
  • The GRE is required. See how to submit a score for the GRE.
  • The admissions process includes an interview via Skype or phone with the program coordinator at NYU Madrid.

For application deadlines, a full list of requirements, and detailed information how to apply, see the Graduate Admissions Application Guide for this program. 

For more information about this MA program, please contact

Lorena Llosa
Coordinator, Joint MA Programs
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
NYU Steinhardt

Isabel Pereira
Assistant Director for Academics
NYU Madrid