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AB in Classics / MAT in TESOL and World Language Education

Graduates of the AB in Classics (Latin)/MAT in TESOL and World Language Education program are in high demand for positions in schools both in Georgia and across the country.

Upon completion of the MAT teacher‐certification program (P‐12), candidates will be eligible for a T‐5 level certification in Georgia and enjoy reciprocity benefits with other states in the country. A T‐5 certification may provide candidates with additional faculty opportunities and responsibilities at the P‐12 levels.


In this program of study, you typically finish your core classes by the third year. Then, in your fourth year, begin taking graduate-level courses and continue for one full year after graduating with the AB in Classics. Continue to take classes through the fall and spring semesters of your fifth year, when you will take specialized courses to prepare you for teacher certification.

Graduate‐level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements include up to 12 credit hours of 6000‐level CLAS, LATN, or LING courses. The following LLED courses may also count:

  • LLED 7040: Language and Culture in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • LLED 7630: ESOL, Grades P-12 (3 credits)
  • LLED 7730: First and Second Language Acquisition and Development (3 credits)

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Students in the AB in Classics program will apply electronically to the dual degree pathway by the third Friday in January of the spring term of their junior year of study. Admittance to the pathway requires a 3.0 overall GPA and 3.0 in all CLAS or LLED courses.

Program faculty will review applications, interview interested candidates, and make final admission decisions by Jan. 31. Consideration for admission to the Graduate School includes a statement of purpose, a transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a professor in classics who can attest to the candidate’s linguistic proficiency and cultural understanding.

In addition, applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a supervisor who can attest to the applicant’s experience working with children and/or adolescents (P‐12). A total of 50 hours of documented experience with languages is required that may come from a single or a combination of various sources, including:

  • Summer employment
  • After‐school programs
  • Church programs
  • Community programs

Admission to Graduate Program

Students will apply for admission to the UGA Graduate School no later than Sept. 1 of their senior year.

Admission to the graduate degree program will require a 3.0 GPA and satisfactory GRE score.

Deadline to Apply

You will apply for Double Dawgs admission in the spring of your junior year. Students will apply for admission to the UGA Graduate School no later than April 1.

Visit the Double Dawgs website for more details.

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study. You will typically begin with an undergraduate advisor and, as you are accepted to the Double Dawgs pathway, you will be paired with a graduate advisor.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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