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If you already have a master's degree, this program allows you to further your second or world language expertise and receive a certificate upgrade without the commitment to a doctorate degree program.

Our graduates return to the classroom with greater expertise and authority, serving as school-based department heads, program coordinators, parent-school liaisons, and curriculum writers.

Our faculty and students 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. Aimed at working teachers who already hold a master's degree
  3. Earns you certificate upgrade (T6) when your studies align with initial certification
  4. Offers a range of course formats, including online, weekends, and nights


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

Choose from an array of courses to personalize your program and to earn a certificate upgrade. Courses include:

  • Second-language acquisition
  • Language assessment
  • 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

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.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.


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.

Start A Graduate School Application

Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Education (World Language Education)

While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Current resume/CV
  • TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • International applicants are required to submit either their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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 international residents, you must take the TOEFL or the IELTS. We require the following scores:
    • 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
  3. For applicants applying with a TESOL or World Language Education emphasis and 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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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

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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Student Life

Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Faculty and Staff

Usree Bhattacharya

  • Assistant Professor

Linda Harklau

  • Professor