English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), M.A.T.

The English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 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.

There is also an online version of this program.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Admissions Requirements

Select concentration in:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Dual Language Immersion

When applying to the English To Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.T. 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 official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

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



Program of Study

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

Professional Studies (9)
Required (3):

  • EPY 7080 The Psychology of Learning and Learners (3)

Select one (3):

Select one (3)

Teaching Field/Major (27)
Required (18):

  • EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literacy (3)
  • EDRD 7630 Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
  • EDRD 7650 Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction (3)
  • TSLE 7250 Applied Linguistics for the Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher (3)
  • TSLE 7260 Cultural Issues for Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher (3)
  • TSLE 7440 Methods and Materials for Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher (3)

Select one concentration (9):

Applied Linguistics (9)

  • AL 8240 General Linguistics (3)
  • AL 8460 English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers (3)
  • AL 8470 Sociolinguistics (3)

Dual Language Immersion (9)

  • FORL 6021 Foreign Language Educators and Technology (3)
  • FORL 6125 Methods and Materials for Teaching Foreign Languages, P-8 (3)
  • FORL 6126 Methods and Materials for Teaching Foreign Languages, 9-12 (3)

Internship (9)

Program total: minimum of 45 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Our program graduates are informed by research, knowledge and reflective practice; empowered to serve as change agents committed to and respectful of all learners and engaged with learners, their families, schools and local and global communities.

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Field Placement Experience

In the final semesters of the program, students conduct field experiences in the metro Atlanta area where students will apply educational theory and research, test ideas and practice strategies that they have learned throughout the program of study. Each student works closely with a mentor teacher at the practicum school and is supervised by faculty from the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

Georgia Teacher Certification Requirements

All students must meet Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements to be eligible for certification:

  1. GACE Program Admission Assessment (Entry)
  2. GaPSC Preservice Certificate (Entry)
  3. Georgia Educator Ethics Assessments (Entry and Exit)
  4. GACE Content Assessment(s) (Exit)
  5. edTPA (Exit)

Online Alternative

This program is also offered online. For more details please visit CEHD Online Education Programs. You can also view English to Speakers of Other Languages Education (M.A.T.) Online program in the catalog.

Program of Study for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), M.A.T.