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Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where will I take classes?
Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 15

World Languages Education, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Georgia State University's online Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) in World Languages Education is for multilingual students who are seeking a master’s degree with an initial teaching certification in a world/foreign language such as Chinese, French, German, Korean or Spanish (grades kindergarten through 12th grade). The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in World Languages Education leads to a teaching degree with a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in Georgia with a step advance on the pay scale above the (T4) certification only. The interdisciplinary nature of this program affords the opportunity to explore multidisciplinary teaching with the possibility to pursue an endorsement (ESOL, DLI, Urban Education) or to deepen your mastery of the target language and cultures.

This program integrates principles of social justice and equity and is grounded in educational theory, research and best teaching practices. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical experience in kindergarten through 12th grade teaching. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

The program offers an advanced professional studies track in French or Spanish. This track is designed for T4-certified educators in French or Spanish seeking a Master's degree and T5 certification in French or Spanish. The track will parallel the existing MIS World Languages Education program, but instead of the nine credits of fieldwork, you'll take six credits in professional studies coursework and one language/culture course. This program leads to a step advance on the pay scale (T5) above the initial (T4) certification only.

This program integrates principles of social justice and equity and is grounded in educational theory, research and best teaching practices. Throughout the program, students take specialized education and content courses and gain practical experience in kindergarten through 12th grade teaching. Faculty support teacher candidates in planning, instruction, assessment and reflection with colleagues, faculty and partner schools who are committed to excellence in education.

Program Highlights

About the Program Experience

Join Dr. Paula Garrett-Rucks, the program coordinator for Georgia State University’s World Languages Certification programs and learn the following:

  • The three GaPSC approved programs for World Languages (Certification only, Masters with certification-WLE MIS, Masters without certification, MIS Advanced Professional Studies)
  • The language requirement for application: OPI or GACE
  • The courses offered online; synchronous courses often 4:30-7 p.m.

Program Details

Select concentration in:

  • Advanced Professional Studies French
  • Advanced Professional Studies Spanish
  • World Language Education (Masters w/ certification; Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment needed)

When applying to the Interdisciplinary Studies with World Languages Education; Master of Science program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Goal Statement (upload with application – statement should describe interest in teaching and background experiences in the target language use – study abroad, family connections, travel or favorite coursework)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Evidence of language proficiency with either successful completion of ACTFL OPI or the GACE Foreign Language content exam
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
  • Applicants seeking their initial teaching certificate who do not already hold a teaching license will need to complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment. Visit Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment for information and how to register for the assessment.

Degree requirements include 30 credits:

  • Three credits in general education coursework (EXC 4020)
  • Three credits in Professional Studies
  • Nine credits in your teaching field/ major (FORL 6122/6128, FORL 8125, FORL 8126)
  • Six to nine credits in field placement work
  • Nine credits in electives

(for a total of 30 graduate semester hours)

Coursework includes field experience in teaching diverse world language learners, developing and marketing second language teaching skills and approaches to language teaching, to name a few.

The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in World Languages Education provides initial teacher preparation in Foreign Language Education for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree and who have an interest in teaching Spanish, German, French, Chinese or Korean in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade settings. The course of study meets the requirements for professional certification at the initial level degree with a clear and renewable (T5) induction certificate in the state of Georgia with a step advance on the pay scale above the (T4) certification only.  The interdisciplinary nature of this program affords the opportunity to explore multidisciplinary teaching with the possibility to pursue an endorsement (ESOL, DLI, Urban Education) or to deepen their mastery of the target language and cultures.

Career Outcomes

Successful program graduates will be well prepared to work in public, charter and private schools, and school systems in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Graduate placements include:

  • Atlanta City Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • Decatur City Schools
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Gwinnett County Schools
  • International schools

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Contacts

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404-413-8060
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P.O. Box 3978
Atlanta, GA 30302-3978

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