Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Georgia State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 45

Program Description

The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Online education degree program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek an initial teaching certification in ESOL (grades kindergarten through 12th grade). This program leads to a master of arts in teaching degree and a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia.

ESOL educators are responsible for teaching learners intellectual skills and knowledge that support English language learners’ cultural identities, languages and literacy development. Our urban communities need highly skilled, compassionate and advocacy-oriented ESOL teachers whose content knowledge and instructional practice honor students’ diversity and promote equity.

The ESOL degree program is grounded in educational theory, research and best practice, integrating principles of social justice and equity. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical teaching experience in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program also includes the option of pursuing a reading endorsement for individuals with an interest in teaching ESOL at the middle or secondary level (grade 6-12). Our dynamic program features technology integration and offers study abroad opportunities. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

The M.A.T. ESOL Education online program is 45 hours (9 hours of college core courses; 9 hours English as a Second Language; 9 hours reading endorsement; 9 hours of applied linguistics; 9 hours of practicum). Entry into the program could begin in any semester; however, applicants are required to take TSLE 7440 prior to enrolling in practicum hours, and EDRD 7600 or EDRD 7630 prior to enrolling in EDRD 7650. Consequently, M.A.T. students (who are required to complete a year-long fall/spring practicum) could enroll in summer and complete the program in a minimum of 4 semesters; otherwise, the program would take a minimum of 5 semesters.

Admissions Information

When applying to the English To Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.T. Online program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

Online Application

Application Fee of $50

Goals Statement (upload with the application)

Resume (upload with the application)

Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)

Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission

submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

In order to meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Entry (350)

GACE Program Admission Assessment

You may exempt this test if you have received appropriate minimum scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE.

View exemption score details.

View information and how to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment and the Georgia Educator Ethics-Program Entry.