Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Grades K-12, Initial Certification

This master of arts program prepares you to teach English to speakers of other languages at elementary and secondary levels. Hone your pedagogical strategies; improve your knowledge of language, literacy, culture, and linguistics; and acquire hands-on teaching experience in New York City schools. 

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), grades K-12. A non-certification option for teaching college and adults is also available. 

What you'll learn
  • Second 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 language pedagogy, second-language acquisition research, linguistics, English grammar, and intercultural or multicultural studies
  • How to develop and implement innovative classroom strategies and curricula
  • An appreciation for cultural diversity in global educational settings

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

How you'll learn

Core Courses
The MA in TESOL combines core foundation classes and content electives with fieldwork and student teaching. You’ll study teaching methods, the second-language classroom, second language research, foundations in linguistics, the structure of American English, intercultural or multicultural perspectives in education, teaching 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, teaching second language in a technological society, and teaching second language across content areas.

Student Teaching in New York City Schools
You’ll complete two semesters of student teaching English to speakers of other languages in New York City schools at the elementary and secondary grade levels while simultaneously taking a student teaching seminar. 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 strong, supportive learning community that takes an additive view of second 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
  • Teacher of English to speakers of other languages 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