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Follow your passion for teaching English learners with the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in TESOL (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.

Program Highlights

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

Deadline to Apply

March 1 (fall only)

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Faculty and Curriculum

Primarily intended for students who seek state certification to teach TESOL in Georgia P-12 public schools, our MAT in TESOL 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.

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

Your experience in TESOL extends beyond academics. Our TESOL and world language education programs have a diverse student body from all over the United States and the world.

To ensure that your educational experience is rewarding, we encourage you to become active members of our student organizations. You have the opportunity to get involved in activities, organizations, and events, such as the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Language and Literacy Graduate Student Organization, and the JoLLE annual conference.

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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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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
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