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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 K-12 as part of the MAT in World Language Education.

Program Highlights

  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

Deadline to Apply

March 1 (fall only)

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Faculty and Curriculum

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.

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

Graduate studies in world language education attracts pre-service and in-service teachers from Georgia as well as nationally and internationally with the launch of our focus on less commonly taught languages.

You have the opportunity to get involved in various 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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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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