Secondary Education Curriculum | NYU Teacher Residency

Secondary Education curriculum

A hallmark of the course work during the master of arts in teaching in Secondary Education is learning how to teach a subject area while empowering you to inspire your students.

Content-area options

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science: biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics
  • Social studies
  • Special education generalist

Each Secondary Education curriculum module connects learning theory with practice and builds on what you’re doing in the classroom. Upon completion, you earn your master of arts in teaching and achieve your recommendation for initial certification in New York State* in a Secondary Teaching content area in English, mathematics, science, or social studies for Grades 7-12, or in special education – students with disabilities Grades 7-12 generalist.



Your course work helps you learn about your students, their families, and their community. In the classroom, you apply this knowledge as your mentor teacher starts the school year and come to understand the importance of establishing certain routines and procedures to build a culture of rapport and achievement in your classroom.

4.5 credits
Early Fall
3.0 credits

Active practice

Your course work focuses on your content area and how you teach that subject to diverse learners, including bilingual speakers, students with special needs, English language learners, and students with varying literacy abilities. In the classroom, you apply this knowledge to your students' community.

Late Fall Through Spring
9.0 credits

Peak teaching

You learn about your responsibilities as a teacher and how those duties affect your relationship with your students. As the lead teacher in the classroom, you apply all your course work to ensure your teaching meets the needs of your school and each student's academic achievement goals.

At the end of the year, you finish your Participatory Action Research (PAR) project. At that point, you have completed the requirements for your Teacher Residency and demonstrated the skills of a highly effective teacher.

Spring Through Summer
13.5 credits

*Note: The course work and fieldwork lead to eligibility for initial teaching certification in New York State. Please visit our Professional Licensure page for more information.

 Something that’s really important to us as faculty is to make sure that the sequence of our course work supports increased knowledge and skills and that there are clear connections between the different courses in our program.