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If you have your master's degree and are looking to further your language and literacy expertise, our highly flexible educational specialist program allows you to pursue topics that interest you in a format that fits your schedule.

This degree is also a great fit if you wish to further your studies but are unsure if a doctorate is for you. Our graduates return to the classroom with greater expertise and authority, serving as school-based literacy coaches, department heads, Title III program coordinators, parent-school liaisons, and curriculum writers.

Further your second or world language expertise in this highly flexible Educational Specialist program that allows you to pursue your topics of interest in the format that works best for you.

Choose from an array of fascinating courses to personalize your program to suit your interests and earn a certificate upgrade.

The TESOL and World Language Education community includes faculty and students with interests in several areas, including:

  • Second-language acquisition
  • Language assessment
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Bilingual and world language education
  • Heritage language education
  • Less commonly taught languages
  • Bi/multiliteracies
  • Spanish children's literature
  • Multilingual poetry and memoir
  • School-university partnerships
  • Multicultural education
  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Language policy
  • Bilingual cognition

We focus on a range of language education research methodologies including qualitative and quantitative analysis, arts-based inquiry, corpus analysis, discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics, narrative inquiry, and ethnography. We bring these areas together in order to better address the needs of all learners in increasingly global and local ("glocal") communities.

Additionally, our faculty have formed partnerships with local public school districts and community organizations. They also are affiliated with Linguistics, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Romance Languages, the Qualitative Research Program, the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, and other units on campus.


  1. Among U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Top 10 graduate programs
  2. For working teachers who already hold a master's degree
  3. Earn certificate upgrade in one of six areas when your studies align with initial certification
  4. Range of course formats, including online, weekends, and nights


Our EdS in Language and Literacy Education is a 30-semester-hour degree program designed for those who wish to prepare for education positions that require a higher level of competence and specialization. Our faculty apply multimodal approaches to instruction and actively engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Our expertise in fostering dynamic scholarship on teaching and learning also support you in developing new ideas and advancing your professional objectives. Coursework and affiliated learning experiences can easily translate into daily life.

This program allows educators who already hold a master's degree to further their studies without the commitment of to a doctorate degree program and while continuing their career.

You'll engage in learning and research that you can take back to your classroom or use in a leadership role as a department head, program coordinator, literacy coach, or curriculum writer.

This flexible program allows you to tailor your studies to your interests in one of two areas of emphasis:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • World Language Education

Coursework in this area of emphasis includes:

  • 24 hours from a list of approved courses on the topics
  • 6 research-based hours, whether conducting research or learning about research methods

You'll work with an advisor to design a program format that works for you and your academic goals. You'll choose among online classes, night and weekend classes, or a hybrid.

Whatever format you choose, you'll work with faculty members who are internationally recognized for their innovative teaching practices and research in language and literacy education.

If you align your studies with your initial certification, you'll earn a certificate upgrade in that area. You may also pursue add-on endorsements such as reading, gifted education, or educational leadership as part of your study program.


Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Language and Literacy Education (TESOL or World Language Education)

Applicants are required to submit official GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. International applicants should submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Current resume/CV
  • GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Please indicate in your statement of purpose which area of emphasis below you intend to pursue for the EdS program (i.e. English Education, LCL, or World Language Education or TESOL).

In addition to the Graduate School application, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university in an area of language and/or literacy education, or a related field.
  2. For U.S. residents, you must take either the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). We recommend the following GRE and MAT scores, but will consider GRE/MAT scores in light of the merits of your entire application package:
  • GRE: at least a score of 295 (if taken after August 2011)
  • GRE: at least a score of 900 (if taken prior to August 2011)
  • MAT: at least a score of 408
  1. For international residents, you must take the GRE and TOEFL or the IELTS. We require the following scores:
  • GRE Verbal score of 154 or higher
  • TOEFL: at least a score of 100 with a minimum score of 25 in speaking and a 25 in writing
  • IELTS: at least a score of 7 with a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking and a 6.5 in writing
  1. For international residents, you must also demonstrate proficiency with two languages as evidenced by:
  • A bachelor's degree in English linguistics and literature
  • A master's degree where English was the medium of instruction
  • We recommend an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher
  • We recommend at least two years teaching experience

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Deadline to Apply

  • October 15 (spring, international)
  • November 15 (spring, domestic)
  • February 15 (summer, international)
  • April 1 (summer, domestic)
  • April 1 (fall)

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A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

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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Faculty and Staff

Usree Bhattacharya

  • Assistant Professor

David L. Chiesa

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Director

Linda Harklau

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