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MAT in World Language Education

Specialize in Spanish, French, German, Latin, and less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, and Portugese through our two-year MAT in World Language Education.

You may take this program if you have an undergraduate degree and would like state certification to teach world languages in Georgia P-12 public schools. We offer a range of courses and electives to accommodate your needs and interests.

The program fulfills requirements for the master’s degree and T-5 certification. You may also pursue endorsement in ESOL grades P-12 as part of the MAT in World Language Education.


  1. Online and face-to-face classes available
  2. Diverse and expert faculty
  3. Work with a highly qualified mentor teacher during your practicum experiences
  4. High job placement rate for graduates


Primarily intended for students who wish to pursue certification in World Language Education, our MAT in 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

You will have two practicum experiences, one at an elementary school and one at a middle or high school. Also, you will complete a full-time practicum at a carefully chosen host school under the supervision of an experienced teacher and a UGA supervisor. If you are a current teacher, you may use your school to satisfy the practicum requirement.

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program.

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 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.

For applicants whose native language is English

Applicants whose native language is English must demonstrate proficiency in their target language. Proficiency will be demonstrated through at least a bachelor’s degree in the target language or equivalent.

For applicants whose native language is not English

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in two languages:

  1. Proficiency in English 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)
  2. Teaching/target language: Proficiency will be demonstrated through at least a bachelor’s degree in the target language or equivalent.

Other Entrance Requirements

  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA

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Deadline To Apply

  • March 1 (fall only)

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