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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)

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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Admissions

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

Applicants are required to submit either the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), (and TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants). While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Current resume/CV
  • GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

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 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)
  • Most of our successful applications reach at least 150 on their GRE verbal test

GACE Program Admission Assessment

Who needs to take the GACE Program Admission Assessment?

All candidates seeking admission to an initial educator preparation program must take or exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment and be admitted to UGA.

Candidates can exempt with one of the following:

  • Combined minimum SAT score of 1000 (Verbal and Math scores)
  • Combined minimum ACT score of 43 (English and Math scores)
  • Combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative minimum score:
  • Prior to Fall 2011 = 1030
  • Fall 2011 and beyond = 297

If you exempt the GACE, check Athena to see if you test scores are listed under "View Test Scores". If your scores are listed, Kate Character will print your scores, and you do not need to do anything further.

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Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
March 1 (fall only)

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