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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.

Program Highlights

  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

Deadline to Apply

October 15 (for Spring, international)
November 15 (for Spring, domestic)
February 15 (for Summer, international)
April 1 (for Summer, domestic)
April 1 (for Fall)

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Faculty and Curriculum

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.

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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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Expand your experience by getting involved in campus activities including the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Language and Literacy Graduate Student Organization, and the Children's Literature Conference and Book Awards.

Increase your expertise in language and literacy education, meet other educators from around the state, and work with internationally recognized faculty members, all while continuing your career.

Many students take advantage of opportunities to go on study abroad programs in England, Scotland, Fiji, and Costa Rica, among other locations.

Book a campus visit

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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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
View full admissions requirements

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