Program Overview

Georgia State University (GSC) offers an online Master of Arts for Teachers degree in Reading, Language and Literacy (ESOL). This degree should lead to initial teacher certification in English as a Second Language in preschool through grade 12. Students should also qualify for the Reading Endorsement as well.

The curriculum focuses on the needs of teachers who work closely with students from other cultures. Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate education degree, however, all students must have experience learning a second language. Individuals that are not actively working with the ESOL P-12 population will need to consult the Office of Field Placement to arrange a placement in this area.

The program consists of 45-credit hours, which are accumulated from the college core classes, English as a Second Language, reading endorsement, applied linguistics and practicum experiences. Students can apply and begin the program during any semester. Most individuals complete this degree in about 4 or 5 semesters depending on when they begin.

Prior to beginning practicum hours, students will need to complete the Methods and Materials for the Bilingual/ESOL Teacher course. This course should teach students about ESOL research and effective methods and strategies that have been used in the classroom. Students should be aware of course sequences and consult an advisor with any questions about pre-requisite courses.

All students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, earn a grade of “B” or better in teaching internships and successfully present their professional portfolio. Courses encompass a variety of topics such as: The Psychology of Learning and Learners, Literacy in the Content Areas and Sociolinguistics.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    School Overview

    Georgia State University, an enterprising urban public research university, is a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. Georgia State is one of the nation’s premier urban public research universities, solving global challenges in human health. Researchers at Georgia State use the university’s state-of-the art facilities and work across disciplines to address critical quality of life issues.

    The university offers 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study in its nine colleges and schools:

    • the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
    • the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
    • the College of Arts and Sciences
    • the College of Education & Human Development
    • the Robinson College of Business
    • the Institute of Biomedical Sciences
    • the College of Law
    • the Honors College
    • Perimeter College
    • the School of Public Health



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