MA in TESOL
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA
2 - 4 semesters
Full time, Part time
USD 1,795 / per year *
Earliest start date
* Tuition per point/credit in 2019-20 academic year
MA in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Non-Certification
This master of arts program gives you the knowledge and skills to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to adult learners in the US and abroad. You'll learn pedagogical strategies and build a strong foundation in language, literacy, and linguistics, preparing for an array of rewarding career options. This is a variable-credit program that requires 30-34 credits, depending on your prior coursework in the subject.
This program does not lead to New York State teaching certification. An option for initial teaching certification is also available.
The MA in TESOL combines core foundation classes and content electives with classroom observation. You’ll study teaching methods, the second language classroom, foundations of linguistics, the structure of American English, intercultural perspectives in education, and complete your study with a culminating seminar. You'll also apply hands-on learning through observation opportunities at NYU's American Language Institute or other adult learning settings in New York City.
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 language and culture development, and believes that multilingualism is a valuable resource. 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.
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.
Elective courses focus on topics such as language assessment and evaluation, teaching a second language in a technological society, and teaching the second language across content areas.
Throughout your curriculum, 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
This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), grades K–12, and prepares you for careers including:
- 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 nonprofit educational agencies and multinational corporations