Hindi and Urdu Language Pedagogy


M.A. Degree in Hindi and Urdu Language Pedagogy


Main Campus (Union, NJ)


Fall:        June 30


The Master’s Degree Program in Hindi/Urdu Language Pedagogy is designed for cohorts of Native/Advanced speakers (or higher) of Hindi/Urdu that reside in the U.S., possess a Bachelor’s Degree, and desire to teach Hindi/Urdu at the K-12/post-secondary level or continue study and research on Second Language Acquisition and foreign language pedagogy at the graduate level. 

The 2-year 30-credit program consists of three components: (1) Acquisition of Content through online courses; (2) Acquisition of Pedagogical Knowledge and Skills (methods and assessment practices) through summer onsite courses; and (3) Integration of Content, Theory and Pedagogy into Clinical Practice through participation in Kean STARTALK Summer Student Programs (There is a required three week summer residential component each year of the 2-year program.) The hallmark of the program is its focus on the use of pedagogical approaches for teaching/learning Hindi/Urdu that foster global/intercultural competence, mediated by ongoing integration of innovative learning technologies in both face-to-face and online learning environments.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to teach in heritage language community schools, private schools and/or government schools; conduct research on second language-specific pedagogy or in the field of Hindi/Urdu Second Language Acquisition leading to a doctoral program; and if desired, pursue Alternate Route teacher certification options available in NJ and in most states in order to teach in public school programs.


Admission to the program will be based on an application process coordinated between the Nathan Weiss Graduate School and the School for Global Education and consists of the following requirements:

  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelors degree (accredited college/university U.S./abroad)*  (From an accredited college/university in U.S./abroad in sealed envelopes)

*NOTE: Individuals who have completed university coursework in an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents through a transcript evaluation service. These organizations are private enterprises which charge a fee for their services. Individuals pursuing a foreign transcript evaluation must follow the procedures outlined by the organization providing the evaluation. However, in all instances, original, official documentation will be required when requesting the evaluation and credentials will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Any organization accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) may be used for this service. A current list of NACES members may be found at: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (Candidates with under a 3.0 will be considered based on the strength of the overall application)
  • Official copies of ALL post-secondary transcripts ( includes transcripts that reflect transfer credit)
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement of intent/ commitment to program (limited to three typed-written pages, double spaced)

PERSONAL STATEMENT- Write a well developed essay that incorporates the information below and attach to the application.

a.    Introduce yourself.  Provide information about your educational background including intellectual and personal development over your academic career.

b.    Articulate the history that led you to apply for this program.

c.    Indicate if you have had prior teaching experience, and if so, where and for how long.

d.   Indicate your specific area(s) of interest in the language education field.

e.    Explain why you would like to participate in this graduate program and why you would be a strong candidate.

f.     Indicate what you might be planning to do with an MA degree in language pedagogy.

g.   Advise of your personal obligations and if you foresee these obligations deterring you in any way from completing the 2-year program.

h.   Explain to what extent you are personally committed to a rigorous program of study and research and how you envision you may be able to make contributions to Hindi/Urdu studies and to participate in shaping the field through scholarship, teaching or service

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports
  • Departmental Interview
  • Testing Requirements: ACTFL OPI and WPT in Hindi; ACTFL OPI in Urdu and the NYU Test in URDU. (For the NYU Urdu Test, contact Dr. Gabriela Llieva at gni1@nyu.edu to arrange testing and indicate you are an applciant for the Hindi and Urdu Language Pedagogy (M.A.) program). 
  • The ACTFL OPI Testing Program is administered by Language Testing International (LTI). To schedule an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and a Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), contact Language Testing International.  There is a fee for each of these tests, which must be scheduled at least 3-weeks in advance to allow time for scoring and reporting in order to meet the application deadline.

Language Testing International

               Tel: (914) 963-7110 or 1-800-486-8444                          
Fax: (914) 963-7113



Note: Partial scholarships funded by STARTALK through the School for Global Education & Innovation may be available on a very limited basis.



  • The U.S. equivalent of a BA Degree
  • Teaching experience


  • 30 credits
  • Thesis/Action Research Project



Summer Year 1 (4.5 credits) Onsite Courses

GLOB 5905

Introduction to Global Project-Based Learning for Teaching World Languages


1.5 credits

GLOB 5920

Methods I: Pedagogy for Implementing the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages


3 credits

Fall Semester Year 1 (6 credits) Online Courses

GLOB 5945

Language Acquisition: Theory and Research: L1,L2, Bilingual/Heritage learner Development


3 credits

HIND 5800

Introduction to Hindi and Urdu Language, Culture and Society

3 credits


Spring Semester Year 1 (6 credits) Online Courses

HIND 5820

Hindi and Urdu Language Structures for Teaching


3 credits

HIND 5830

Hindi  Literature: Language, Style and Genre


Urdu Literature: Language, Style and Genre

3 credits


URDU 5840

Summer Session Year 2 (4.5 credits) Onsite Courses

GLOB 5910

Global Project-Based Learning II


1.5 credits

GLOB 5930

Methods II: Assessment of Language Performance


3 credits

Fall Semester Year 2  (6 credits) Online Courses

HIND 5850

The Hindi/Urdu Community and Heritage Language 

Learners: Theory and Practice


3 credits

GLOB 5995

Action Research: Inquiries and Projects


3 credits

Spring Semester Year 2 (3 credits)

HIND 5860

Issues in Hindi and Urdu Sociolinguistics

3 credits

TOTAL: 30 credits 

Additional Program Requirements

(Degree candidates must complete  two of the three following requirements if they have not already done so)

Transitioning to Teaching Language Online Course

4-day ACTFL OPI Training Module

STARTALK NYU Blended Summer Teacher Program




Please contact:

Hutchinson Hall, J-305
t: 908-737-0550
e: msearson@kean.edu


Hutchinson Hall, J-305
t: 908-737-0552 or 908-892-4712
e: jjensen@kean.edu