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MAT in TESOL and World Language Education

Follow your passion for teaching English learners with the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in TESOL and World Language Education(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

This degree is specifically designed for students with an undergraduate degree who seek state certification to teach TESOL in Georgia P-12 public schools. This program accommodates your individual needs and interests through a range of program offerings and electives.


  1. Offers an array of online and face-to-face classes
  2. Increases your employment opportunities in P-12 education
  3. Provides you access to diverse and expert faculty


Primarily intended for students who seek state certification to teach TESOL in Georgia P-12 public schools, our MAT in TESOL and World Language Education requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework, one prerequisite (special education course), and a final portfolio and oral examination.

Our program consists of two groups of courses

  • Group I courses are centered around practicum experiences and fulfill the requirements for T-5 certification
  • Group II courses are completed during your second year and focus on advanced educational theories and practice

In the Fall of your second year, you will have two practicum experiences: one at the elementary level and one at the middle or high school level. In Spring, pre-service teachers fulfill a full-time practicum at carefully chosen host schools under the supervision of an experienced mentor teacher and a UGA supervisor; in-service teachers enroll in an internship in their home classrooms and enjoy feedback from a UGA supervisor.

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

How to Apply

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 MAT in TESOL and World Language Education

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

  • Current resume/CV
  • 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.

Applicants outside the United States should allow 8-13 weeks for all materials (test scores and transcripts can be slow to arrive) to be received. Applicants inside the United States should allow 6-8 weeks.

Applicants for the MAT in TESOL and World Language Education whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Proficiency will be demonstrated through one of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and literature
  • Master’s degree in a college where English was the medium of instruction
  • TOEFL score of at least 80 (at least 20 on writing and speaking)
  • IELTS score of 7 (with speaking and writing of at least 6.5)

Other Entrance Requirements

  • 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA)

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Deadline To Apply

April 15 (Fall admission only)

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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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