Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Master’s Degree in TESOL in Shanghai and New York City

Gain in-demand English teaching skills from a globally renowned American university. Our master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), taught in Shanghai and New York City, prepares you to become an expert English teacher for children and adolescents. You’ll meet the national need for educators with master’s degrees while advancing your teaching skills in a variety of settings.

This two-year program enables you to take your courses on the New York University Shanghai campus and online, and to complete a summer immersion in New York City. You’ll receive a top-ranked, internationally respected degree from New York University, recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

We also offer a non-certification TESOL master's degree in New York City, as well as Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Education programs, all tailored for educators who work with adult learners in the US and around the world.

Read about our inaugural class!

What You’ll Learn

Your course work will help you:

  • Improve your proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English
  • Develop your skills in all three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational
  • Combine your teaching and English language skills to develop effective curricula for students in kindergarten through high school
  • Integrate current language acquisition theories and best practices in teaching a second language
  • Expand your repertoire of English teaching methodology, tailored for your local needs
  • Gain deeper knowledge of second and foreign language research and learn to conduct your own classroom research to continuously improve your teaching
  • Enhance your linguistic and sociolinguistic knowledge of English structures and varieties, and the complexity of English language usage globally
  • Learn to navigate multiple cultures by investigating the links that connect language, culture, and identity
  • Become familiar with American education practices through school visits during your time in New York City

How You’ll Learn

Our program is taught in English and grounded in cutting-edge pedagogical methods from the US. You’ll learn from American-trained NYU Steinhardt faculty who have expertise in second and foreign language acquisition research and methodology and specific experience working with Chinese students.

You’ll experience your coursework in three ways:

  • Five on-site, in-person courses in Shanghai, typically in the evenings and on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring terms, and at varying times during the Summer immersion
  • Three online courses using NYU Classes, our specially designed online learning platform for synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Two on-site, in-person courses in New York City, taught over six weeks in a summer immersion that explores the cultural landscape of the city and lets you observe in selected schools

Who Should Apply

Our MA program expands upon the foundational skills you’ve developed as a teacher in China, enhancing your knowledge and professional skills in language teaching methodology and research.

Before starting our degree program, you should:

  • Have at least one year of experience teaching English to K–12 populations in China, or related work experience
  • Be comfortable taking immersive courses taught entirely in English
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in English, linguistics, or a related field
  • Be available to attend summer courses in year one at NYU Shanghai, and a summer immersion program in New York City in year two

Our curriculum model and schedule are designed to accommodate an educator’s full-time job, so our program will meet your needs whether you’re currently teaching in a K–12 classroom or you’re looking to return to the field with new aptitudes.

How to Apply

  1. Completed Graduate Application Form
  3. Transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended, in both Chinese and English
  4. Essay or personal statement
  5. A copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae 
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. An interview may be requested at the discretion of the admissions committee

Special Note: If you are not a national of the People's Republic of China and do not already have legal authorization to reside in the People's Republic of China, please contact the TESOL admissions team at tesolshanghai@nyu.edu to discuss appropriate visa options prior to starting your application.


Our 30-credit degree program focuses your coursework on five areas:

  • Foundations on current theory and practice in second language acquisition
  • Classroom practice using cutting-edge language teaching methods across age groups and proficiency levels
  • Specialized training in language assessment, technology-enhanced teaching, and current research
  • Comparative exploration of language teaching in China and the United States
  • Final classroom-based research project
Course of Study

Note: All courses listed below, including the summer immersion in New York City, are required.

Course of Study
TermLocationProgram Details
First Summer On-site at NYU Shanghai FLGED-GE.8069 – Teaching foreign languages: Theory and practice  (3 credits)
TESOL-GE.8205 – Structure of American English  (3 credits)
First Fall Hybrid: on-site at NYU Shanghai + online

TESOL-GE.8810 – Research & practice in academic English Writing for ELLs  (3 credits, online)

LANED-GE.8201 – The second language classroom: Elementary and secondary (4 credits, on-site)

First Spring Hybrid: on-site at NYU Shanghai + online LANED-GE.8003 – Linguistic analysis (3 credits, online)
LANED-GE.8060 – Language evaluation and assessment (3 credits, on-site)
Second Summer On-site at NYU New York LANED-GE.8005 - Intercultural perspectives in multicultural education (3 credits)
FLGED-GE.8914 – Workshop in teaching foreign languages  (3 credits)
Second Fall On-site at NYU Shanghai LANED-GE.8206 - Second language acquisition: Theory and research  (3 credits)
Second Spring Online LANED-GE.8039 - Advanced Individual Project (2 credits, online)


Tuition and Cost

See the current NYU Steinhardt graduate program tuition and fees; please note that we anticipate a tuition increase of 4% for the 2018–2019 academic year.

We’re pleased to offer a 25% tuition scholarship to the first cohort of students, who are beginning their studies in Summer 2018.

Additional costs for the student include books and other study materials, visas, round trip airfare to New York, housing in New York, health insurance, food, and other incidental expenses.

Contact Us

For more information, please email us at tesolshanghai@nyu.edu or reach out via QQ Group 528556300.