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How long will it take?

Minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where will I take classes?
Online

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: June 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 1

World Languages Education, Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

This online graduate program 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.

Program Details

When applying to the World Language Teacher Certification Graduate Certificate program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online application.
  • Application fee of $50.
  • Successful completion of GACE Foreign Language content exam or ACTFL OPI.
  • 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); (a) academic professional letter, (b) a letter from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s personal qualifications, experience and background in light of the potential to work successfully with students at the P-12 levels or (c) a letter from a current work supervisor (if applicable).
  • Official transcript(s): 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 to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302.

If you do not already meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will 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/GRE/or SAT.  For exemption score details, click here.

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

View the World Languages Teacher Graduate Certificate Program Advising Check Sheet.

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.

Description

Careers

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

Contacts

Online Programs

Moisés Aguayo
Enrollment Coach
404-413-4393
online@gsu.edu

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Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Program Coordinator
Paula Garrett-Rucks
prucks@gsu.edu

Middle and Secondary Education
MiddleSecondaryEd@gsu.edu
404-413-8060
College of Education & Human Development
P.O. Box 3978
Atlanta, GA 30302-3978

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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