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Follow your passion for language studies with the Master of Education degree in TESOL and World Language Education. Our program will engage you in the complexity of language acquisition, communication among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, education policy and social justice, and the instruction of emergent bilingual students.


  1. Ranked #5 in secondary education and #6 in elementary education (2012)
  2. Prepares students for competitive doctoral programs
  3. Offers an array of online and face-to-face classes


The degree includes 30 hours of required courses and two electives. Develop your expertise through topics such as:

  • Second-language acquisition
  • Language assessment
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • Bilingual and world language education
  • Heritage language education
  • Less commonly taught languages
  • Bi/multiliteracies
  • Spanish children's literature
  • Multilingual poetry and memoir
  • School-university partnerships
  • Multicultural education
  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Language policy
  • Bilingual cognition

Many of our TESOL courses are available in both online and face-to-face formats. The degree culminates in a final portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge of your area of study.

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Our Faculty

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program. Learn more about our faculty and their expertise.

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


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 MEd 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
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • International applicants are required to submit either their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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: 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)
  2. 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

  • November 15 (if seeking funding + early admissions decision)
  • January 1 (if seeking funding)
  • March 1 (final deadline)

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.

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

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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Student Life

Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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Faculty and Staff

Usree Bhattacharya

  • Assistant Professor

David L. Chiesa

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Director

Linda Harklau

  • Professor

Ruth M. Harman

  • Professor
  • Professor on Special Assignment
  • Program Coordinator

Lou Tolosa-Casadont

  • Clinical Associate Professor and World Language Program Coordinator