symbol of a computer mouse English to Speakers of Other Languages Online M.A.T.

The English to Speakers of Other Languages Online M.A.T. Program provides initial teacher preparation in ESOL for individuals holding bachelor’s degree and who have an interest in English to speakers of other languages in P-12 settings. This program addresses the needs of teachers who work with literacy learners from diverse cultures. Although these teachers can have an undergraduate degree in any area, they must have had experience learning a second language. Candidates who are not currently working with P-12 ESOL students will need to work with the Office of Field Placement staff in consultation with the program advisor to help arrange field placements. The M.A.T. ESOL course of study is designed to meet the requirements for professional certification at the initial level in ESOL and the requirements for a Reading Endorsement.

The M.A.T. ESOL 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. This degree addresses the professional standards from IRA for classroom teachers of reading and from TESOL for teachers of ELL learners.

Course description and classes

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Program Contact

Dr. Gertrude Tinker Sachs
gtinkersachs@gsu.edu
404-413-8384

Graduate Admissions Information

For information about application steps, requirements and deadlines for graduate school, visit our extensive Graduate Admissions Information page.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall – August 1
  • Spring – December 1
  • Summer – May 1