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Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • Total Credit Hours: 36
  • Degree Format: Online

About this field

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Education – English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The MAT in Education with a concentration in ESOL is a 36 semester hour, fifth-year program beyond the bachelor’s degree in which candidates may earn a master’s degree (MAT) and become eligible for initial teaching certification in English as a Second Language. This program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Graduates will also earn the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement for Georgia certified teachers, speech and language pathologists, or school counselors.

The MAT is for candidate seeking initial certification only! Teachers with current certification in any subject matter are not suitable for this program.

The MAT in Education – ESOL can be completed on a fully online basis.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Ransom Gladwin
Email: rgladwin@valdosta.edu
Phone: 229-333-5948

Admission Deadlines

  • Summer Semester: March 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Fall Semester: July 15

Admissions Requirements

Required Documents   Admission Requirements
Online Graduate Application
  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

 One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School)

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
  • Must have fulfilled the specified prerequisites (see below) for acceptance into the program.  Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or evidence of exemption eligibility using official SAT/GRE/ACT scores

You may be eligible to exempt the GACE Basic Skills Exam Program Admission Assessment requirement (250) using SAT, GRE, or ACT scores. To document a GACE Program Admission Assessment exemption for state certification requirements, applicants may submit official scores upon application that meet the following thresholds on the following exams:

  • GRE taken before August 2011: 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative).
  • GRE taken August 2011 or later: 297 (Verbal + Quantitative).
  • Visit the GRE Test website for more information.
  • SAT: 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative). Visit the College Board website for more information about the SAT.
  • ACT: 43 (English + Math). Visit the ACT website for more information.
  • SAT and ACT scores may be documented by: official high school transcript, official college transcript with scores posted, or an official score report from the testing service.

If you do not qualify for a GACE exemption, you must pass the GACE Basic Skills Exam for admission to the program. Information on how to access and complete the exam can be found Program Admission Assessment page. Applicants may submit a copy of the score report received when they complete the exam.

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence
(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)


  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Admission by Exception

Admission by Exception 1: Have a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted in upper division content courses as an undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree (must have completed at least 9 credit hours in upper-division undergraduate content courses).

Admission by Exception 2: Have a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on all graduate coursework (must have completed at least 6 hours of graduate work in which a letter grade was awarded).

Admission by Exception 3: Undergraduate GPA obtained ten or more years prior to admission will not be considered in the GPA calculation.  Instead, the applicant must provide a letter of exception and two letters of reference.

International Applicants

The M.A.T. in Education - ESOL is a fully online program. Federal homeland security guidelines state that student visas cannot be issued for online programs.

Prospective students whose first language is not English and those who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or completion of Level 6 at VSU’s English Language Institute with a B average or better– Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam, IELTS exam, or complete Level 6 of VSU’s English Language Institute with a B or better. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the language proficiency requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

 Important Program Information

  • SPEC 3000 (or an equivalent course at another college/university) is a prerequisite for the program.  Please contact the MCL department for more information on this requirement. This is a GAPSC requirement for certification. 
  • ESOL 2999 must be taken in the first semester of the degree program.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status
  • Probationary Status

Admission Questions

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

Applicant Resources

Graduation Requirements

  1. Candidates must complete an application for graduation one semester prior to their anticipated graduation date.
  2. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. No grade below a “C” will be credited toward the degree.

Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission

  1. The maximum time allowed for completion of the master’s degree is seven calendar years.  No work completed more than seven years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree, except with special permission from the candidate’s advisor, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.
  2. No more than 9 semester hours of academic work may be transferred from another institution into the MAT Education - ESOL.  Transfer credit will be evaluated by the academic department after the student is admitted. To be eligible, credit must be no more than seven years old prior to completion of the degree.
  3. Earning grades below “B” in graduate courses will result in the following consequences: students will be dismissed from the Graduate School if they accumulate three or more academic deficiency points unless otherwise indicated by individual program policy. A grade of “C” (although it may be credited toward a degree) equals one deficiency point. A grade of “D,” “WF” or “F,” or “U” (none of which will be credited toward a degree) equals two deficiency points. 
  4. If dismissed from the program, a student must not be enrolled for a minimum of two semesters.  Application for readmission by be initiated during the second semester.  Readmission is not guaranteed, and prior academic performance and student conduct/disposition in the program will be considered. The academic program reserves the right to place specific conditions and contingencies on any offer of readmission.
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