The Education Specialist Degree in Education (concentration in TESOL or World Language Education) is a post-master's degree program that equips you to be a leader in the field of TESOL or TFL, such as in Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Italian, Russian. The degree is tailored to meet the evolving challenges for educators in response to the rapid changes in technology, migration, and other local and global developments. Our faculty is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education with strong ties to local public-school districts, community organizations, and various on-campus units. Graduates of the Ed.S. program from UGA are often given professional and leadership responsibilities, and have served as school-based literacy coaches, department heads, Title III program coordinators, parent-school liaisons, professional development facilitators, and curriculum writers throughout the state of Georgia and beyond. At the end of your Ed.S program, you will be eligible to have T6 rank in the Georgia public school system.
Advisors work with student needs and availability to complete this ten-course (i.e., 30 hour) advanced degree in a way that is nourishing and complimentary to busy working lives. Courses are offered consistently on campus, online (i.e., asynchronous, synchronous, and hyflex) and year-round.
If you have a master's degree in ESL, TESOL, Applied Linguistics, World Languages or TFL or in a similar content area with teaching experience but are not yet certified, you can complete a one-year teaching certification program in TWLE, and then complete the Ed.S. degree in one year.
When I saw as an undergraduate student that UGA offered majors in World Language Education all the way to the doctoral level, I knew I was going to pursue everything I could within that. 17 years and four UGA degrees later, I am proud to have done exactly that. The caliber of the faculty and the progressive, relevant course offerings truly make Language and Literacy Education at UGA one of a kind. I am able to teach my students and work with colleagues across the country and world confident that my preparation was and continues to be the absolute best. Go 'dawgs and Go LLED!Meredith White, Ed.S.
Spanish Secondary Teacher, Georgia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year 2020