Program Overview

Individuals interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESOL) may benefit from earning their Master of Education degree in Reading, Language and Literacy Education (ESOL) from Georgia State University. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s level degree in a teaching area or a certificate in speech-language pathology. Students should be prepared to work as teachers or reading specialists in preschool through grade 12.

Through completion of the courses, students should improve their skills in literacy processes and instruction for diverse populations. The program consists of 36-credit hours and the courses are categorized into specific groups. Students should complete courses in the following categories: College Core (9-credits), ESOL (9-credits), Reading Endorsement (9-credits), Applied Linguistics (6 to 9-credits) and Practicum (3-credits). Students can enroll in a variety of courses including Methods and Materials for the Bilingual/ESOL Teacher, Individualized Literacy Assessment and Instruction and Socio Linguistics.  

Students should review course sequences before enrolling in classes. Certain courses will need to be completed before beginning the practicum experience. Prior to graduation, a portfolio must be completed as part of the program’s exit requirement. Applicants are accepted into the program during any semester. The coursework can be completed in about four semesters if three courses are taken each semester.

Individuals who successfully complete the Linking Literacy Assessment and Classroom Instruction and Supervision of School Literacy Programs courses, as well as, pass the GACE Reading Specialist test should be eligible for certification as a Reading Specialist in Georgia. This program is offered online to allow working individuals the opportunity to earn a degree. Distance learners are encouraged to be computer literate and have access to the Internet on a regular basis.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Bachelor's level certification in a teaching area or a certification in speech language pathology.

    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:

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    • the College of Arts and Sciences
    • the College of Education & Human Development
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    • the Institute of Biomedical Sciences
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