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Master of Arts for Teachers - Reading, Language, and Literacy (ESOL)
( Georgia State University )

Institutional and Program Accreditation

Program accreditation: NCATE

Georgia State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

General Information

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC): NA   [ more information ]
Program / Degree Level: Graduate, Master's
Subject Area: Education
Program Website:
Enrollment Capacity: 100

Full Description

The M.A.T. major in Reading, Language, and Literacy Education (ESOL) Online 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. They must also be currently employed teaching P-12 ESOL students, either as a provisionally certified ESOL teacher in Georgia or as an ESOL paraprofessional in Georgia. (Note: Some counties will not allow para-professionals to complete the field-based program requirements within the context of their job placement. Applicants should check on the policies in the place with the county in which they work prior to applying to the program.) The M.A.T. RLL 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. RLL 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.

Program Academic Regulations

Each student is advised by a committee of education faculty including representatives from the Department of Middle and Secondary Education and the Department of Applied Linguistics. Exit requirements for this program are:

  • Completion of all program coursework with a grade point average of no less than 3.0.
  • Successful completion of the teaching internships with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Successful presentation of a professional portfolio.

Students in this program will be eligible to be recommended for Georgia initial certification after earning passing scores on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment and GACE Content Assessments for Teaching English as a Second Language and successfully completing:

  1. EXC 4020 Characteristics and Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities (or its equivalent) and EPY 7080.
  2. AL 8240, TSLE 7250, TSLE 7260 or AL 8330, TSLE 7440, AL 8460, AL 8470, EDRD 7600, EDRD 7630, EDRD 7650, EDCI 7660, EDCI 7670, and EDCI 7680.
  3. Presentation of a professional portfolio.

Delivery Format

The program is delivered primarily through Internet  

Campus Attendance Requirements

No campus visits.  All coursework and assignments conducted online.


Program participants are required to have experience having learned a second language and must complete a field based teaching experience.  

Application Information

Term Application Deadline
Fall Aug  01  2015
Spring Dec  01  2014
Summer Apr  01  2015

Financial Aid: For information about cost and financial aid deadlines, please see the Cost & Financial Aid information for the program.

Special Requirements

In addition to the coursework, development and completion of a LiveText e-Portfolio is required for successful completion of the program. In addition to completing all coursework the successful student will complete an e-Portfolio.

Students are required to complete a field based experience (student teaching component) in order to be in compliance with the requirements of this degree and certification.


1. Purchase a keycode from the Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology. Use this form to purchase the keycode.
2. Go to
3. Register your account using th LiveText keycode you purchased. [Select school - Georgia State University-College of Education]
4. Once you are registered and logged in, you will see a tab labed MY DESK. If you ever get "lost," you can return tothe document by clicking this tab.
5. Click on CREATE. 1) Choose a folder [choose MSIT Language, Literacy & Social Studies]; 2) Choose a template; 3) In the box for "Title", write your name and the name of your program; 4) Click on "CREATE DOCUMENT", this will take you to the document.
6. Various "pages" for the portfolio will be listed on the left-hand side of the screen. Clicking on the title page will take you to that page.
7. You will notice that each page is composed of one or more sections. To add text to a section, click on "Edit" (NOT "Edit page"). You can replace the existing text with the text for your narratives. (Note: When pasting from another source, use the PLAIN TEXT feature on the menu bar. Failure to do this may result in difficulties with editing.)
8. Artifacts may be added as IMAGES or ATTACHMENTS. Only one image may be added for each section, but you can add multiple attachments. Both IMAGES and ATTACHMENTS are created in much the same way as in email programs.
9. To send your portfolio, locate SUBMIT FOR REVIEW in the bar at top of page. Click on this, and you will see a pop-up box. Type a few letters of the last name of a person to whom you wish to send your portfolio. If more than one name pops up, select the correct one and then ENTER. You may add as many names as you wish in this way. When you are finished, hit SUBMIT. (You will not get a confirmation that the document has been submitted.) Click on the small X in upper right-hand corner to close the window. You have now given access to your portfolio to the recipients you selected. They will have continuous access until you delete their names from your list.
10. When your document has been reviewed, go to the sidebar and click on REVIEWS. Find your document and open it. You can see the reviews for each section. To see your assessment, click on VIEW ASSESSMENT at the top of the page.

Technical Requirements:
-High Speed Internet Access
-Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac);
-Digital camera  

Technical Requirements

  • Other
  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals; Headphones, printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access

Master of Arts for Teachers - Reading, Language, and Literacy (ESOL)
( Georgia State University )

Program Cost Information **

Online Tuition Rate$ 1,155.00 USD (Average per course cost, Not including fees)

** Actual tuition costs may vary, based on the program, student level and student major. Please be sure to contact the college or university for your specific tuition and fee amounts.

Other cost considerations:
    Books and supplies are not included in the tuition costs.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Fall Apr 01 
Spring Oct 01 
Summer Mar 01 
Financial Aid Available: Loans, Scholarships,  
Telephone: 404-413-2600

Financial Aid Notes

Non-Degree students cannot apply for financial aid.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Priority Deadlines: Fall Semester - April 1; Spring Semester - October 1; Summer Semester - March 1.
Student Loan Deadlines: Fall Semester - October 28; Spring Semester - March 25; Summer Semester - July 7.

Master of Arts for Teachers - Reading, Language, and Literacy (ESOL)
( Georgia State University )

Credit Hours

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree/Certificate: 45 (semester hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 9

Credit Transfer Policy

Credit must be from a regionally accredited institution
Grades below B are not acceptable
Credit must be no older than six years at the time of graduation
Credits to be transferred cannot be taken the term of graduation
Students must complete a minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate credit in residence.

Special Credit Transfer Information

There are no special credit arrangements for this program.
FYI - The electronic rate is $385.00 per credit hour.

Master of Arts for Teachers - Reading, Language, and Literacy (ESOL)
( Georgia State University )


Applicants must complete an online application via the GeorgiaONmyLINE (GOML) website, (under Featured Degrees).

Spring 2015 Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

To be reviewed for Quick Admit, applicants must submit the following:
1) GeorgiaONmyLINE (GOML) online application
2) $50 application fee

Completion of the Quick Admission process does not guarantee admissions to the GOML program.

To be reviewed for full admission, Quick Admit students must complete all admissions requirements by the end of the first semester they are enrolled.

All applicants must submit the following information to be considered a fully admitted GOML student.

Minimum requirements for entry into program:
1. GRE score, verbal and quantitative combined, taken within the last 5 years; no min. score required
2. Undergraduate degree in any area; experience learning a second language
3. 2.5 Undergraduate GPA
4. 2 letters of recommendation from persons able to judge academic and teaching potential
5. 2 copies of official transcripts from all higher educational institutions you have attended
6. A resume
7. A statement of career goals (an essay explaining how you intend to use this degree in your field)
8. Passing score on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment

*If not already working in an ESOL classroom, students will need to secure a field based experience through the Field Placement Office.

All admissions materials should be mailed directly to Ms. Bobbie Turner at:

Georgia State University
College of Education-MSE
Bobbie Turner
30 Pryor Street Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30302

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Admissions Contact

Telephone: 404-413-8405

Application Requirements

Students should apply at online at Georgia ONmyLINE -

Application Deadlines

Fall Aug  01  2015
Spring Dec  01  2014
Summer Apr  01  2015

Pre-Enrollment Advising

Name:  Dr. Jayoung Choi
Telephone:  404-413-8380

Master of Arts for Teachers - Reading, Language, and Literacy (ESOL)
( Georgia State University )

Projected Course Offerings

Course Offerings

Spring 2015
AL 8470 Sociolinguistics
EDCI 7660 Practicum I
EDCI 7680 Practicum III (M.A.T. students only)
EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Reading
EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
EPY 7080 Psychology of Learning and Learners
TSLE 7250 Applied Linguistics for the Bilingual / English as a Second Language Teacher (short session I)
TSLE 7440 Methods and Materials for the Bilingual / English as a Second Language Teacher (short session II)

Summer 2015
AL 8460 English Grammar for ESL Teachers
EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education
EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
EDRD 7600 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Reading
EDCI 7660 Practicum I
TSLE 7260 Cultural Issues for Bilingual / English as a Second Language Teacher

Additional Schedule Information

Georgia ONmyLINE students are authorized to register for specially-designed GOML classes. GOML students may not register for traditional on-campus or non-GOML online classes.

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