Accelerated BA-MA Teacher Education Programs (CAS-Steinhardt)

The College of Arts and Science and the Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning offer several dual degree programs that allow CAS students in selected majors to complete, in just 5 years, both their BA and an MA in Teacher Education from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Students admitted to one of the BA-MA Teacher Education programs can earn both degrees in a shortened time and at less cost than is normally the case. 

These programs combine the benefits of a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level with a professional education at the graduate level. All programs qualify graduates for initial certification as a teacher in grades 7 through 12 in most states around the country. At this time, CAS and Steinhardt offer the following dual degree teacher education programs:

  • BA English/MA Teaching English, grades 7-12

  • BA History/MA Teaching Social Studies, grades 7-12

  • BA Mathematics/MA Teaching Mathematics, grades 7-12

Participating students must complete all of their undergraduate requirements and earn the Bachelor's degree before matriculating into Steinhardt to complete the MA. To learn more about the programs above, please visit Steinhardt's Accelerated Teacher Education Program website.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Students admitted to a Teacher Education track will complete a designated amount of graduate credits in teacher education as electives during their junior or senior years (5 graduate credits for Social Studies, 6 for English, and 12 for Mathematics). Students may view required courses for their particular track by visiting Steinhardt's Accelerated BA-MA website and may receive additional advisement on course selection and sequencing from Roberto Martinez (roberto.martinez@nyu.edu), Graduate Program Advisor for English and Math education, or from Khan Le (khanh.le@nyu.edu), Graduate Program Advisor for Social Studies education. Designated track courses may count towards both the BA and MA degrees. After graduation and pending admission to Steinhardt, students who have completed the Teacher Education track as undergraduates can finish the remaining 30 credits required for the MA degree in only one additional year of study. 

ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCESS
CAS undergraduates in an approved major (English, History, or Mathematics) may apply to participate in a Bachelor's-Master's program.
The application process consists of two parts:


1)  A pre-application to the Teacher Education track. To be eligible for consideration and admission to the track, a student must:

a.  be a current, matriculated undergraduate in the College of Arts and Science at NYU;
b.  have declared an approved CAS major;
c.  have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0;
d.  have completed a minimum of three semesters in CAS (transfer students must have completed a minimum of one semester)
e.  have a minimum of two semesters remaining prior to graduation (one fall and one spring). Students may not submit a pre-application to the Teacher Education track during their final two semesters.

Pre-Application Deadline: Pre-applications accepted on a rolling basis following the March 17 priority deadline.


To apply, please submit:

a. The online pre-application form
b. A personal statement that describes your interest in the Accelerated BA-MA Teacher Education program. Please consider the following:
   >your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study in Teacher Education
   >relevant academic, extracurricular, and/or professional experiences that have prepared you for this type of graduate study
   >how a Master's from Steinhardt would support your overall academic/professional goals
   >if applicable, a brief reflection on any prior work with children/adolescents (e.g., America Reads/Counts, tutoring, camp counseling, etc.)

Please send your personal statement (about one page, single-spaced) as a single PDF attachment to cas-steinhardt-group@nyu.edu. Please title your email and the attached PDF file as follows: [Lastname,Firstname]_Statement (e.g., Doe,John_Statement). It is not necessary to write a message in the body of the email.

2)  A formal application to Steinhardt prior to completion of the undergraduate program. Please refer to the application page of Steinhardt's Accelerated BA-MA Teacher Education Program website for application instructions and deadlines. When selecting your program in the Steinhardt application system, be sure to select the option beginning with "NYU CAS Students Only" (e.g., NYU CAS Students Only - Teaching English 7-12 - Dual Degree - ENGD-MA). Please note that admission to a BA-MA Teacher Education track does not guarantee admission to its corresponding Steinhardt MA program, though it does strengthen your application.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Application & Admissions

When should I apply to the program?
CAS undergraduates are encouraged to submit a pre-application to one of the Teacher Education tracks as early as possible after declaring an eligible major and completing their third semester in CAS (transfer students are encouraged to submit the pre-application after declaring an eligible major and completing their first semester in CAS). This will give students time to work with advisors in CAS and Steinhardt to plan their remaining coursework and to prepare for formal application to Steinhardt in their senior year.

When is it too late to apply to the program?
CAS undergraduates must have a minimum of one fall and one spring semester remaining when they pre-apply to a Teacher Education track.

When is the pre-application to a Teacher Education track due?
Priority deadlines are set twice yearly in advance of registration for the upcoming term. The deadlines are generally mid-October for fall admission to the BA-MA track and mid-March for spring admission. Pre-applications continue to be accepted on a rolling basis following the priority deadlines.

When is the formal application to Steinhardt due?
For formal admission to Steinhardt, seniors who have completed or are in the process of completing a Teacher Education track must additionally submit the Steinhardt graduate application. Please refer to the application page of Steinhardt's Accelerated BA-MA Teacher Education Program website for application instructions and deadlines. When selecting your program in the Steinhardt application system, be sure to select the option beginning with "NYU CAS Students Only" (e.g., NYU CAS Students Only - Teaching English 7-12 - Dual Degree - ENGD-MA).

Is admission to a Teacher Education track necessary if I want to continue in the BA-MA program as a graduate student in Steinhardt?
Yes. A student must be admitted to a Teacher Education track in order to count graduate Steinhardt courses taken as an undergraduate towards the Steinhardt MA degree.

If I pre-apply and am admitted to a Teacher Education track, am I guaranteed admission to the corresponding Steinahrdt MA program?
No. Admission to a BA-MA Teacher Education track does not guarantee admission to its corresponding Steinhardt MA program, though it does strengthen your application.

If I am formally admitted to Steinhardt as an MA student, may I defer?
Students participating in the dual degree program are expected to matriculate into Steinhardt and pursue graduate studies in the semester following completion of undergraduate studies.


Eligibility

I’m a CAS student interested in one of the BA-MA Teacher Education programs, but I have not declared one of the approved majors. Can I still apply?
At this time, eligibility for the BA-MA Teacher Education program is restricted to English, History, and Mathematics majors in CAS.

My home school is not CAS, but I've declared one of the approved CAS majors. Am I eligible to apply for this program?
At this time, only CAS undergraduates in approved majors are eligible to participate in the Accelerated BA-MA Teacher Education program.

I am a CAS student. Can I pursue both a cross-school minor and the BA-MA Teacher Education program?

While CAS students are not prohibited from pursuing a cross-school minor in addition to one of the Teacher Education tracks, they should understand that all courses taken outside of CAS, including those for the minor and the Teacher Education track, will count towards the 16-credit limit on coursework done outside of CAS (non-UA credits). If they anticipate exceeding this limit, students must submit a petition to the Office of the Associate Dean for Students (Silver Center, Room 909, 212-998-8140, M-F 9am-5pm), requesting an increase to their non-liberal arts credit limit. CAS students should not assume that they will be able to complete a cross-school minor and a Teacher Education track unless they have obtained permission to do so from the Office of the Associate Dean for Students.

I am currently pursuing a Steinhardt Education minor, and would like to participate in the accelerated BA-MA Teacher Education program. Do I still have to pre-apply to a Teacher Education track?
Yes, you still need to submit a pre-application and complete all of the coursework in the Teacher Education track you select. In pursuing the minor, however, you may have already completed some coursework that is equivalent to coursework required for track. Please consult with the relevant Graduate Student Advisor in Steinhardt to determine what coursework you would still need to complete (Roberto Martinez, roberto.martinez@nyu.edu, for English and Mathematics education; Khan Le, khanh.le@nyu.edu, for Social Studies education.

Course Registration

How do I register for graduate-level courses in Steinhardt?
Students who wish to register for graduate-level courses in Steinhardt will need to contact a Graduate Student Advisor prior to registration to request enrollment assistance. For English or Mathematics education courses, please contact Roberto Martinez (roberto.martinez@nyu.edu); for Social Studies education courses, please contact Khan Le (khan.le@nyu.edu). When requesting access to a graduate-level course, please provide your name, your University ID number ("N" number), your enrollment appointment time, and full information for the course you wish to take (name, departmental course number, section, and registration class number).

What happens if I complete Teacher Education courses while an undergraduate and then change my mind about applying for the MA degree?
The Teacher Education courses you complete as an undergraduate would still count towards your BA degree. You would just not submit a formal application to the Steinhardt MA program. Note that if you apply to a Teaching MA program in the future, the education courses you completed as an undergraduate could not be counted toward the MA. Only students in the dual-degree program who matriculate into Steinhardt directly following graduation from CAS may "double count" courses towards both the BA and MA degrees.

ADVISING

For initial advising and pre-application information, please consult with a Bachelor's-Master's program advisor in CAS during one of our walk-in hours (schedule posted here) or via an appointment (request via this form). If you are away from campus or have a quick question, please email us at cas-steinhardt-group@nyu.edu.


For advising on the Steinhardt application, Steinhardt course selection and sequencing, the Master's program curriculum, and/or teacher certification, please consult with the relevant Graduate Student Advisor in Steinhardt: Mr. Roberto Martinez (roberto.martinez@nyu.edu) for English and Mathematics education, or Mr. Khan Le (khanh.le@nyu.edu) for Social Studies education.