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Teaching English, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
Upon completion of the Teaching English, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification from New York University, you’ll be eligible for New York State initial teaching certification for students in grades 7–12, with an option to pursue an extension for grades 5–6.


As part of your graduate studies, in the Teaching English, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification from New York University, you'll take core methods courses that link theory to practice and focus on issues related to the teaching of English, such as the teaching of reading and writing, fostering language development, and the ways language can be used as a force for both liberation and oppression.

The degree's core pedagogical courses are experience-based, encouraging you not only to read and analyze literary works, but also to consider how you would teach these works in engaging ways to help students develop a deeper understanding of literary themes.  

You will work closely with our nationally recognized faculty members to learn:
  • Teaching theories and approaches for middle and high school students
  • How to integrate content mastery with teaching materials in order to provoke inquiry-based learning
  • Classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's students

Career Opportunities

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification for students in grades 7–12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5–6. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue a number of employment opportunities, including:

  • Teacher of English at the middle school or high school level
  • Teacher trainer or curriculum specialist in middle and high schools, educational agencies, and community colleges
  • Educational consultant
  • Editor in academic or educational publishing

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Seminar in English Education
  • Adolescent Learners in Urban Contexts
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge Course
  • Inquiries into Teaching and Learning
  • Field Work in Schools and Other Educational Settings
  • Integrating Media and Technology into the K-12 Curriculum
  • Curriculum and Research in the English Language Arts
  • Supervised Student Teaching in the High School
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge Course

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • An English major or 30 semester hours in English, including: 
    • 12 semester hours of literature
    • 3-6 semester hours in language
    • 3-6 semester hours in writing
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English (American Sign Language is acceptable) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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