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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.

Program Highlights

  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

Deadline to Apply

November 15, January 1, and April 1

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Faculty and Curriculum

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

(See the program of study for a full list.)

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.

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

A variety of field experiences and service-learning opportunities are available in local schools or abroad. Also, the program draws students from all over the United States and the world.

Students are encouraged 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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