Adolescent English


Program Overview

This master’s programs will prepare you to teach English to middle school and high school students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests in grades 7-12. This program is offered jointly with the English Department in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Coursework & Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at least one semester.

Credits: 50-51

Certification: Adolescent English Education Grades 7-12

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • A minimum of 21 credits of advanced courses in British, American or World Literature written in English (no more than 3 credits of the latter)
  • A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include: artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, concepts in history and social sciences, humanities, a language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, and written analysis and expression
  • A writing sample of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper of literary criticism)
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably including at least one academic reference)
  • A statement of purpose
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, click here.

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Adolescent Education and Adolescent Education English (Grades 7-12).

Application Deadlines

Fall Start: March 15

Spring Start: October 15

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Related Programs

This program is not designed for teachers who hold initial NYS certification in English Language Arts 7-12. If you seek a Master’s Degree and Professional Certification in a related field, consider our programs in Adolescent Special Education, Literacy Grades 5-12 or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

If you hold a master’s degree in English, you may be eligible for our Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate program in Adolescent English.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Leader

Melissa Schieble

English Department Advisor

Janet Neary
Office: W1204